As we head back to school after the February half term, there is a high possibility that your students’ activity levels will have dropped. Statistics show that unfortunately, physical activity dips well below the recommended time during school holidays. Therefore, we believe it is important that you look to incorporate physical activity into your school day upon their return.
To help inspire you, we have suggested ten ways you can incorporate physical activity into your school day below…
Timetable Physical Activity Bursts
Timetabling physical activity breaks throughout the day, simply short bursts of physical activity, such as jumping jacks or a quick game of tag, can help students refocus and energise during the school day.
The Five Minute Bubble
Implement a walking or biking programme for students to get to and from school with particular emphasis on those that live within a Five Minute Bubble of the school itself. Reward those children that walk or bike to school instead of being driven, even if they park a couple of streets out and walk the remainder of the distance. This not only helps them get physical activity but also reduces traffic and pollution around the school.
Go Green With A School Garden
Create a school garden where students can participate in planting, maintaining, and harvesting fruits and vegetables. Gardening is a great way for students to get physical activity while learning about the environment and healthy eating habits.
Extra Time for Physical Activity
Use physical activity as a reward for good behavior throughout the week. For example, students who earn a certain number of points or achieve a specific goal can participate in a fun physical activity such as a hula hoop contest or a game of dodgeball as part of additional enrichment time.
Offer a Comprehensive and Inclusive Extra-Curricular Timetable
Create an after-school sports programme to get students involved in physical activity. This not only provides an opportunity for students to get physical activity, but also helps them develop teamwork, leadership, and other related skills.
Physically Active Curriculum
Incorporate physical activity into the curriculum, for example, use programmes like Maths On The Move or be think outside the box and use science lessons concepts to create scavenger hunts or use dance concepts to create storytelling sessions through movement.
Provide opportunities for students to participate in physical activity during lunch and recess. Allow students to bring their own equipment such as jump ropes, balls, or frisbees and encourage them to use them during recess or lunchtime.
Invite guest speakers or physical education teachers to come in and teach students about different physical activities such as yoga, dance, or martial arts.
Use technology to incorporate physical activity into the classroom. For example, use interactive whiteboards to play virtual sports games or use fitness tracking apps to monitor progress and set goals.
Create a school-wide fitness challenge to get students and staff involved in physical activity. This can include a step-counting challenge, a fitness class challenge, or a team-building challenge.
Overall, incorporating physical activity into the school day is an important way to keep students healthy, focused, and engaged. It can be achieved through simple changes like adding a few physical activity breaks during the day, to more complex initiatives like after-school sports programs or school-wide fitness challenges. The key is to make it fun and engaging for students and staff.
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