Getting children to move is a priority in today’s society. The media are often informing us that our children are living less active lifestyles and that we have a rise in obese children. It is a contentious debate as I don’t appreciate children being weighed at schools and letters being sent home that name and shame both the parent and the child. However, of course, I do want healthy children and we all know that exercise is important.
Did you know that primary school children should be doing 30 minutes of sport or physical education activity a day? This doesn’t have to be done daily, so it could be one hour one day and then none the next but you get the theory. However, I know my own 8-year-old does not get this much in school because she doesn’t do anything outside of the standard PE lesson. She does rack up the hour’s thanks to her new found love of hockey and the dance classes that she also does at the weekend. We are also active thanks to having a dog that gets plenty of walks.
Schools are under such pressure in the curriculum that they do need to find opportunities to get the kids involved in more activity. I am a primary school governor and we have been discussing this topic very recently. Children do more outside learning which is one way of including these minutes. Some children have active Maths lessons as we recognise that many are kinesthetic learners and need to be doing things and not just classroom-based lessons.
Resources for teachers looking to get their pupils moving
- Many schools are now doing the daily mile which is one way to encourage school children to move more.
- Another popular way is wake and shake which see’s KS1 children singing and dancing to songs. This often takes place at the start of the day and invigorates children and helps get them ready for a productive day of learning. If teachers require ideas then there are plenty of Disney resources and songs available.
- Disney on Ice are also supporting schools with Fit to Dance and have created a number of resources for teachers and school leaders that can be used in the classroom. The resources encourage children to stretch their minds as well as their legs. Through the magical powers of storytelling and dance, children can express themselves by creating and developing their own unique characters and adventures inspired by Disney On Ice. The educational programme helps teachers to encourage children aged 5 to 11 to build literacy skills and confidence while keeping them energised and engaged. A series of lesson plans will support you and your class through activities that meet or fulfil National Curriculum English and PE objectives. I am sure that these resources make teachers lives easier as the planning has been done and these could be delivered by qualified teachers or associate staff including HLTA’s.
There are even certificates that can be given to children to reward them on completion of the different lessons. I would encourage school leaders and educators to check out the website for the FREE RESOURCES.
Fit to Dance fits in seamlessly with Disney on Ice and it is always fun to see the whole auditorium getting up on the feet and doing a Fit to Dance before enjoying the show. When we have been previously Erin and her friends have enjoyed this and it gets the wriggles out of them before the show starts!
Disney on Ice is returning to Birmingham this October half term and there are still some tickets available which you can find by clicking on the Disney on Ice schedule and tickets.