Physical Activity is an integral part of daily life in our health-promoting school and can contribute to the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of all Woodlands children.
Engaging in regular physical activity and eating well are extremely important in helping to maintain a healthy body weight.
At home, any type of physical activity is beneficial, and just encouraging children to reduce the amount of time they spend sitting or being inactive is a good starting point, especially if they are over-using technology.
Children and young people aged 5-18 should engage in moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity for at least 60 minutes and up to several hours a day.
The greatest benefits come from engaging in a broad range of Physical Activity including:
- PE lessons
- outdoor activities
- exercise and training sessions
- active play
- roller blading
Being outside in the fresh air also gives an added wellbeing boost.
At Woodlands, we have a range of specialist Sports coaches and PE clubs on offer, and we run “The Golden Mile” regularly during the week. We also use class sets of “MOKI” fitness wrist bands to encourage the children to move/be active for increasing amounts of time.
Please visit the following websites for ideas and videos to keep children active whilst indoors:
Yoga and mindfulness ideas: https://www.cosmickids.com/
Videos that get younger children up and dancing with CBeebies presenters: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mvsc
10-minute activities based on Disney films: https://www.nhs.uk/10-minute-shake-up/shake-ups
Videos which help children move while they learn. They support curriculum subjects, including maths and English: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers
Videos delivered by teachers focussing on the PE curriculum: https://www.afpe.org.uk/physical-education/thisispe-supporting-parents-to-teach-pe-at-home/