Physical Activity is important for everyone but particularly students in our schools. The Department is aiming for students to be doing an hour of physical activity a day in schools by 2025.
The benefits of physical activity for junior students include:
· Promoting healthy growth and development
· Building strong bones and muscles
· Improving balance, coordination, and strength
· Assisting with the development of gross motor and fine motor skills
· Improving confidence and self-esteem.
Even though students are already quite active, we play an important role in ensuring they get an an adequate amount during the day. You can incorporate physical activities in between lessons, movement to or from specialists or a few minutes once students achieve a class reward, which is a great incentive to work for you during the day.
Some ideas for physical activity in junior classroom include
· Duck duck goose,
· Hide and seek
· What is the time Mr Wolf
· Musical statues
· Teach students a dance or song with actions
· Silent ball
Incorporate in learning
· Treasure hunt (find letters, numbers, shapes, or colours)
· Act out stories
· Play maths games with movement
Author: Kate Chinner