As I’m sure you are aware yesterday was World Physical Activity Day. This coincides with more and more of our partner schools adopting the mantra of Sit Less, Move More! in a drive to reduce sedentary behaviour and increase physical activity levels amongst all pupils.
Over recent weeks children from many of our schools have been counting their steps in support of the BBC Radio Oxford Move It! campaign. Pupils from Finmere, Glory Farm and Dr Radcliffe’s primary schools all feature in a specially choreographed ‘Move your Hair’ dance montage released online yesterday. The video captures the fun and enjoyment that can be had simply by fitting more movement into our days.
St John’s Catholic Primary School have discovered their own way of staying active. Pupils from Early Years through to Year 6 last week participated in the online Joe Wickes Body Coach Primary School Workout (photograph). It proved so popular that they now plan to use it alongside other resources on a regular basis to help children achieve the recommended 60 minutes physical activity per day.
At the recent Bicester Healthy New Town school launch, several schools pledged to introduce The Daily Mile. Some are planning to introduce a 20 minute run for all every day of the week, whilst others are beginning more gradually by introducing a run on one or two set days per week. Either way it is widely anticipated that the move will significantly boost the overall health and wellbeing of students as well as raise attainment and achievement.
Finally, many schools have already registered for this year’s Walk to School Week, 15-19th May 2017, attempting to reverse the decline in the number of children who currently walk to school and celebrating the benefits that walking brings. If your school has not yet signed up the good news is that it’s not too late, you can still register and access promotional materials and school resource packs.