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Get Your Class Moving With 5 Great Resources For The London Marathon

Whether it's getting children to be more active and understand the benefits of health and fitness, or using this year's run as a hook for maths or geography these are some of the best ideas around

  • Get Your Class Moving With 5 Great Resources For The London Marathon

This year’s London Marathon takes place on Sunday 23 April, and it’s a great opportunity to get your students active and perhaps even fundraise with mini-marathon events in your school.

There are cross-curricular opportunities with science, maths, geography and more and we’ve picked out a handful of resources to get you in gear for the big race.

1. On your marks


This Guardian article, How to teach…Running from 2015 contains an abundance of links from a factsheet on the event’s history and a course map that could be handy for calculating distances, to Active for Life lesson plans on teaching the basics of running to younger children and different running styles for older students.

Check out the article and all its recommendations here.


2. Getting around


This resource includes outcomes and objectives for eight activities and challenges taken from a range of ASDAN programmes and qualifications designed for use with Key Stage 3 and 4.

They’re designed to boost skills like improving your own learning and performance, working with others, problem solving, research, discussion, oral presentations, self management, leadership and communication, as well as improving ICT and numeracy.

Download the PDF here, at theorb.org.uk.


3. Get a headstart


Every once in a while you stumble across a website that is an absolute goldmine of helpful stuff, and Just Run is exactly that.

The idea is to promote fitness and healthy lifestyles for children and young people with two guiding principles: activity and simplicity. So, the goal is to get as many children as possible running, walking or moving on a regular basis, and Just Run provides all of the tools necessary to do this.

It’s an American programme, but can all be easily adapted where necessary. There’s a quick start guide, a section on tools for success and links to related resources.

Visit justrun.org here.


4. On the road


Another American site, the New York Road Runners has a range of resources for various ages, which roughly translate to our school system as Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.

While the lesson plans for early primary focus more on physical development, once you get to the upper secondary worksheets there are also maths, English and geography activities too.

Click the above links for individual Key Stage resources or find them all here.


5. The finishing line


This helpful PowerPoint helps students learn all about the London Marathon, from its history, the runners, fundraising and the race’s route through our capital.

Download this fully editable resource here.

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