Helping all children enjoy an hour of physical activity every day
UK Chief Medical Officers’ recommend that all children should engage in 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity every day and yet only 16% of girls and 21% of boys aged 5-15 are meeting this guidance in the UK.
The onus has been put on schools to deliver at least 30 minutes of physical activity during the school day through active break times, PE, extra-curricular clubs, active lessons or other initiatives such as the Daily Mile.
Why the Daily Mile?
The Daily Mile is simple, effective and free. Each day class teachers take their pupils out for 15 minutes desk to desk to run, walk or jog around the school. There is no need for specialist equipment, staff or training; the children can simply change their shoes and go! As well as improving fitness levels getting children moving an extra 15 minutes per day is proven to help:
- maintain a healthy weight
- improve pupil behaviour and well-being
- increase concentration levels in the classroom.
Through schemes such as Active Surrey’s Run the World and Run to Rio. Surrey schools have led the way in the introduction of a daily mile. Over 35,000 children participated in Run to Rio in 2016 and thousands also completed ‘Run the World’ over the 2016/17 school year. It is quick and easy to start a daily mile in your school. Visit the Daily Mile website for tips and advice.
What is Run the World?
Use our wall chart to plot your route to run the world
To make your daily mile even more fun, challenge your pupils to plot their own route to run the world to link with their interests or school topics using our customisable wall chart.
Measure out a track (or install one)
Mark a track around your school. 1 mile is 1609 meters, work out how many laps would make up a mile. With the winter months approaching, many schools have installed running tracks around their fields, for more information on this, contact Ally Reid.
Track your distance
If you want to track your distance to measure pupil progress and fitness, Premier Sport offers free access to the Golden Mile website for Surrey schools. The code for free access is SURREY, valid until 20 July 2018. If you used this before, your data will remain in the system. If not, you will have to register and then input class data. Any questions, refer to the set up guide, alternatively for support please contact Liz Bevington.
Share your best practice
Let us know how you have been getting on with a daily mile or any other daily physical activity news. We are keen to hear your success and share your best practice.
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