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Our children are in crisis! A third are leaving primary school obese or overweight, and they’ve been described as the ‘Least active generation ever.’ Evidence shows that increasing activity in schools not only tackles these issues, but also improves their academic performance, mental health, focus and behaviour within school.
Schools have been tasked with getting more active by giving their pupils a minimum of 30 minutes’ structured activity every day, in addition to the two hours of PE already timetabled. But when can you fit this structured activity into an already packed day? Where are the ideas and resources that will support staff to ensure it happens?
At imoves, we’re seeking to tackle this head on with our new Active Schools package – a digital platform featuring over 1,000 lessons and activities developed by teachers, for teachers, to support active learning in every lesson, all while improving physical health and mental wellbeing. The resources include national curriculum-based lesson plans, demonstration movies, music and flashcards to minimising planning time, whilst maximising learning outcomes and fun!
According to Louise Jones, headteacher of Royds Infants School, Sheffield, “It’s an amazing tool to upskill staff to deliver active lessons.” Change lives using your PE and Sports Premium funding, and get a ‘thumbs up’ from Ofsted, by demonstrating how you’re up-skilling your teachers and building a truly active school.
The package’s ‘Active classrooms’ resources are specifically designed for use in the classroom or school hall, and offer ideas for activities relevant to a wide span of subjects, including literacy, science, geography, MFL, history and PSHE. Each activity is designed with key lesson outcomes in mind, and can be combined to create whole lessons that ensure children are always able to learn actively – something that may be particularly useful for your kinaesthetic learners.
There are hundreds of lessons to choose from, so whether you’re teaching phonics to your Early Years children, the history of the Tudors to Year 6 or the science of evolution, you’ll find something that fits your needs. Some teachers may also be interested in our innovative mindfulness module, which is designed to support children’s abilities to manage stress and anxiety using relaxation techniques.
imoves’ daily challenges are 15-minute ‘activity blasts’, which teachers can incorporate into their daily classroom routines. There’s a new challenge for every day of the school year, and they revolve around five themes – ‘Mighty Monday’, ‘Challenge Tuesday’, ‘Wellness Wednesday’, ‘Thinking Thursday’ and ‘Funky Friday’.
The children will enjoy the variety of activities, while teachers will appreciate the fact that everything’s already done for them, with little, if any, preparation required – often the only equipment needed will be the IWB. As Laura Mossman, PE lead at Mosborough Primary School near Sheffield, told us, “My children wouldn’t even go on a school trip without doing their daily challenge first!”
To support activity and develop physical literacy we have a full PE curriculum with over 600 lessons, specifically designed to up-skill teachers, minimise preparation and support the delivery and assessment of the lesson itself. Topics include gymnastics, Pilates, dance and outdoor adventurous activities, alongside a full physical literacy curriculum that covers invasion games, net and wall, athletic activities, striking and fielding. The PE lead at Cordwalles Primary School in Surrey recently tweeted to us, “This is the best use of my PE and Sport Premium funding ever!”
For a free trial, visit imoves.com today. Call on 0114 266 1061 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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