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Is your child getting enough physical activity during their school day?

  • Written by Oisin Fahim on in the category Active Schools.
Is your child getting enough physical activity during their school day?

How often do you hear your children speak glowingly about all of the fun physical activity that they have taken part in during their school day?

How often do their teacher's tell you about the amount of physical activity that your child is getting?

The Chief Medical Officer Guidelines recommend that children achieve 60 minutes of physical activity each and every day, 30 minutes in school and 30 minutes out of school hours.

Nowadays, due to factors such as the rise in modern technology, physical activity no longer seems to take precedence amongst much our next generation.

This, coupled with the excessive amount of homework that primary school children are tasked with, is causing a record number of children to lead sedentary lifestyles.

For some schools, physical activity can be overlooked as a fundamental aspect of pupils' education. This could be down to a Headteacher's priorities or even the quality of the delivery staff, such as lunchtime assistants.

As parents, it's vital to understand whether our children are moving enough, in and out of school. Even with PE lessons and break-time, many schools are still failing to deliver their required 30 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous activity during the day.

The importance of physical activity at school

Children spend the vast majority of their weekdays at school and if regular physical activity isn’t part of their day, they could be missing out on crucial opportunities to develop physical literacy skills.

Furthermore, physical activity is proven to benefit children beyond the playground and into the classroom; increased concentration levels, better attainment and higher grades.

Can you as a parent safely say that that your child gets enough daily activity?

If you are a parent who is concerned with how much physical activity that your child is getting during school, then a good place to start would be to ask your school what physical activity that the pupils undertake during their school days.

At Fit For Sport we have lots of resources that can help assist your school in increasing the level of physical activity that they offer during the day. We also offer Extended School services, Active PE programmes, Active Lunchtime supervision and our FREE Healthy Active Schools System.

However, as a first step we recommend that you check out our Active Playgrounds programme which is proven to improve lunchtime behaviour and increase activity levels. Fit For Sport’s qualified teams create zoned playground activities to provide structure and increase pupil participation by offering different activities such as tag and cone games and team activities. Visit www.fitforsport.co.uk/active-schools/active-playgrounds for more information.

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