In these unprecedented times we know you will understand the importance of continuing with Physical Education (PE) whilst children are being schooled in the home environment.
Children still continue to be encouraged to take part in 60 minutes of physical activity and there are many ways in which this can still be achieved within the home. As a school, we work successfully alongside a number of different organisations and use a varied range of resources to help us deliver our daily physical activities. Please scroll down for regular updates!
I have put together some ideas and links that the whole family can enjoy together. The main thing to remember is to have fun!
Sedgefield School Sport Partnership are inviting you to join their Sports Bingo Challenge. Bringing people together through creativity, skill improvement and personal development, all achieved while having some FUN – sport will be important to help us feel fit on the inside as well as on the outside. As well as posting daily challenges for you all on the SSP Facebook page – the Sports Bingo Challenge board contains a wide range of ideas for you try, some are physical, some are creative and some will need you to do some finding out. The challenges are all colour coded by theme to help you choose. Can you complete a line from top to bottom? A line across? A full house? It’s not a race to finish fastest; take your time, do your best and improve where you can. Why not share any photos and videos with them on their facebook page…there might even be some certificates awarded!
The Youth Sports Trust has produced a free home learning resource, including some easy to follow activity cards which they will be sharing via social media to support parents/carers in bringing the ideas to life. These activities can be completed within your home environments (inside and outside) – and can be adapted to suit a range of ages and abilities. On the website they have a growing range of activities and resources under four key sections: PE Home Learning, Active Breaks, 60 second challenges and Active Learning.
Change4life include 10 minute Disney ‘Shake up’ activities and games, an A-Z of fun activities and a range of healthy recipes to try at home.
The GoNoodle website is one that is well known to our children, in particular KS1. It includes movement, yoga and mindful online activities as well as a brand new GoNoodle Games App. You may have heard your child singing some of the familiar songs like Monsterstomp, Banana Banana Meatballs and Oh a Pizza!
Turn your home into its very own Butlin’s Holiday camp with Jump Start Jonny providing the energy and entertainment. Join in with his dance moves to familiar pop songs and remember to watch out for his signature wink in every dance! Whooopa!!
Joe Wicks the Body coach is doing daily workouts on his YouTube channel. His 30 minute workouts are live every morning at 9am but can be accessed at anytime if you miss them. The exercises certainly get your heart rate racing, ready to start the day full of energy and positivity!
The intentions of Wuf Shanti are: (1) to teach kids to live in peace & gratitude, spread kindness, let go of stress, & deal with emotions in better ways so they grow up to be less depressed and anxious teenagers and happier peace-loving adults, (2) to help kids learn to think positively every day because science tells us that yoga, meditation, & positive thinking can help the healing process, and (3) to reach kids when they are young so they can heal our planet. Wuf Shanti’s main mantras are the positive thinking mantra, “Think Well to Be Well”, the kindness mantra, “Smile and the World Will Smile with You”, & the gratitude mantra, “Smile and Say Thank You”.
Yoga Mike gives you access to yoga and mindfulness videos which are specifically designed to be engaging and interative for children. The stories and content are tailored for children to ensure the content is relevant and exciting for them. You will be able to sign up to a free trial, giving you greater access to the website content.
I will be updating this link regularly with other ideas! If you’ve been doing something physically fabulous why not send an e-mail to our school telling us all about it. It might even feature on this page!
Friday 17th April
Why not host your very own ‘Virtual Dance Party’ through https://about.gonoodle.com/danceparty . Through ‘Zoom’ (and other ways!) you can screen share the different songs and workouts.
The Fit for Life team are releasing a daily programme of activities, including skill and workout videos through their Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/fitforlifeschools/. They are working innovatively to ensure we stick to the principles of our programme including good quality movement, effort, connecting with others, personal development and personal best. Most of our children will already be familiar with this programme and enjoy the short, varied workouts available.
Just Dance’ is a fun way of keeping fit and exercising! Whether you want to work as an individual, pair or family there are so many options! It is freely available online through YouTube and there are hundreds of songs to access. Some of the songs that we use in school include: Just Dance Ghostbusters, Dynamite, Rasputin, Waka Waka, Timber, Dynamite, I Gotta Feeling and Happy. Please be sure to use the official Just Dance songs as members of the public also post their own versions.
The Scout Association https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors/ has published a free selection of simple and fun activities to inspire young minds at home. These include Cosmic Quests, Lolly stick catapults, Bedsheet backdrops, Switch Off challenge and many more! It also includes a number of mindfulness projects and activities that are of particular importance during this unprecedented time.
https://www.getset.co.uk – Although the Olympics have been postponed for this year, the Get Set team has launched a range of competitions for children to take part in. They have also created a ‘Primary Home learning’ page with some great ideas of physical activities to take part in.
On Monday 18th May, County Durham Sport in partnership with the County Durham School Games Organisers launched a centralised bank of digital, online resources for home / school learning. It is divided into Early Years, KS1 and KS2. Please have a look at the page: https://www.countydurhamsport.com/young-people/active-30-durham/
Staying happy as a family whilst staying at home can be really challenging. We thought it would be helpful to let you know that the Every Mind Matters website has simple tips to support you and your children’s mental well being whilst you’re trying to keep everyone happy.
Each week, Premier League Primary Stars introduces a ‘Friday Family Challenge’. They are fun, football related activities to engage the whole family. This week, they are teaming up with the ‘National Literacy Trust’ and Dan Freedman. You are being challenged to create a character, that could be part of a football themed story. There are videos available to watch on the website, live links, along with resources you may require. There will also be a prize for the winner!
Friday 5th June updates
A website that includes weekly challenges and activities. It is designed to inspire and motive children to be more physically active, teach them athletics skills and build awareness in the community.