Walk to School Week: 5 Day Challenge for your Pupils!

Walk To School Week

Walk to School Week: 5 Day Challenge for your Pupils!

Walk to School Week 21-25th May 2018

Simply walking to school can bring many health benefits. Why not help your pupils to take the pledge to walk to school and join in with this country-wide celebration of walking? You can set your own ‘Walk to School’ challenges and encourage your children to come up with their own ideas to get active.

Do your pupils or school have pedometers and could they measure their steps to school? Then extend this to investigating their steps during the school day. They will be amazed at how their steps can soon add up!

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Become Part of Royal Wedding History!

Royal Wedding

What could be more British, fun and memorable, than joining in with the celebrations of the latest royal wedding? Why not create an outdoor celebratory event that will live in your children’s memories forever?

Get your pupils involved in history in the making, by holding a fun royal wedding celebration in your school. The children can design menus, recipes, invitations, bunting, flags, hats, crowns, placemats, table clothes and even wedding clothes for themselves, teachers or the royal couple! The opportunities for creative writing and art and design are limitless!

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The Importance of Linking Learning and Play

Linking Learning and Outdoor Play

In EYFS, teachers are incredibly adept at linking learning and play. In fact, they are skilled at knowing how to appeal to their children’s interests, how to adapt this into a variety of play situations and then how to gently guide and enable children to learn through play.

Pretty much across Europe, children begin school in a play based environment, giving them opportunities to explore, try, test, discuss and learn through play before starting a more formal education. There is so much evidence to suggest that children learn and develop faster through play than through any other medium!

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5 Teaching Benefits To Installing A Daily Mile Track

5 Teaching Benefits To Installing A Daily Mile Track

Many schools have started to consider whether they should introduce a daily mile into the school day. Understandably teachers are slightly concerned about adding yet another thing into an already busy curriculum. However, there are many benefits to having a Daily Mile Track which very much outweigh the negatives and concerns about time management.  

A regular run will help improve focus, behaviour and concentration, will ensure that schools are tackling childhood obesity and fitness levels and will give teachers a quick and easy PE session when time is tight!  There are many benefits to installing a Daily Mile Track, but here are the top 5 benefits to teachers.

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Effective Ways To Spend Your Sports Premium

Sports Premium

In July 2017 it was announced by Justine Greene (the Education Secretary), that the Sports Premium funding for schools would be doubled for the academic year 2017 – 18.  Schools are now entitled to receive £16,000 plus £10 per pupil (in schools where there are 17 pupils or more) in order to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality and effectiveness of PE and sports in schools.

This funding has been available to schools since 2013, but Ofsted are now much more interested in the impact of this funding and, therefore, schools must ensure, and provide evidence, that they are using the Sports Premium in the most effective ways.

Previously, too many schools were using the funding to provide the minimum PE sessions required (including swimming) or to provide PE teaching during PPA (planning, preparation and assessment) sessions.  The DfE has cracked down on this practice and has made it clear that this is not an appropriate use of the Sports Premium.

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