Teachers and Children challenged to make learning more active
Posted: Fri, 04 May 2018 15:43
Primary school teachers across South Northants and Daventry are being encourage to ditch the tables and chairs and revolutionise the way children learn as part of Active Schools Week at the end of May.
The Active School Challenge tasks schools across the two districts with looking at different ways in which they can reduce sedentary activity in children by adapting their approach to teaching and learning during the school day and encouraging children to sit less and move more. The current Chief Medical Officers guidelines state that all children and young people should be engaging in at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day, of which schools are encouraged to deliver at least 30 minutes as part of their PE and School Sport Premium Funding.
Launched at their annual Sports Crew Leadership Days, the South Northants and Daventry School Sport Partnership are challenging schools to plan and deliver 'active lessons' which involve their students becoming active and on their feet for a minimum of 50% of their normal classroom lesson time. David Hanson, School Sport Manager, said,
"We have launched the Challenge as part of a drive to raise awareness that there is a lot more that can be done to increase activity levels in our school aged pupils and reduce sitting time besides running clubs and attending sports events. You can deliver active lessons, incorporate active breaks as well as encourage active travel to school. I don't think we consider how much of a positive impact it can have on concentration, attendance and attainment in the classroom".
The Challenge itself asks schools to sign up and pledge to deliver a number of active lessons throughout Active School Week (21st – 25th May) and contribute towards a combined district target of 500 active lessons. Schools are also encourage to share their progress on social media using the #SNDGetActive. In addition to this, children are also being encouraged to take part by completing their own Active Child Challenge where they aim to complete a checklist of different activities and tasks designed around being active both before and after school.
Schools interested in joining the Active School Challenge are asked to contact David Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You can follow the progress during the week by following @SNDSchoolSport.