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Active Bursts

Active Bursts are physical activities that give students a brief break from learning to increase their focus in class. They can enhance memory, behaviour and physical and mental well-being. Try them in the classroom or outside. The more spontaneous and engaging the better.

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When pupils engage in physical movements in between lessons the blood flow to their brain increases. This increase in blood flow means more energy and oxygen to the brain. This allows students to perform better in the classroom.

Try a Festive Active Burst

The Hampshire SGO’s have put together a 12 days of Christmas challenge to help you add active bursts to your lessons in the lead up to Christmas. Each day students work through the “12 days of Christmas”. Starting on day one with one activity and ending on day 12 going back down the song working through each day’s activity again.

Download the 12 days below to help you complete the challenge.

Contact your local SGO for more information on the activities. Their contact details can be found below.

Try free videos and resources for teachers

Active Kids Do Better

Access ready-to-go videos to get your pupils moving.

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BBC Supermovers

Keep it curriculum-linked but shake things up a bit with Supermovers.

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My Activity Passport

Download an editable activity checklist for children under 11.

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NHS Change4Life

Energise your classroom with a 10-Minute Shake-up or Train Like a Jedi.

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Try a burst of skipping or jogging

The Daily Mile

A free and simple children's health initiative that gets primary school children running or jogging for 15 minutes every day.

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Premier Education The Golden Mile

Pupils can get involved by walking, jogging or running around their Golden Mile track within the safety of the school grounds.

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Yoga and Relaxation

Cosmic Kids

Access commercial-free yoga and relaxation video resources with Cosmic Kids. They make yoga and mindfulness fun.

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Yoga 4 Classrooms

Become a Yoga 4 Classrooms school with Yoga 4 Classrooms and encourage positive development of the whole child.

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Online videos

Active Blasts

Access Active Blasts and Lessons online with imoves (free trial available). Get school children learning actively.

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Go Noodle

Go Noodle Plus online video resources can benefit pupil's physical wellness, academic success and social-emotional health.

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Great for the classroom

Classroom in Motion

Lots of ideas that incorporate movement to get children out of their seats during lesson time as well as encouraging peer interaction.

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The PE Suite

Subscribe to The PE Suite (free trial available) to access a complete library of video teaching and lesson planning resources.

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Fun for everyone

Jump Start Jonny

Become a School Member and access more than 80 Jump Start Jonny workouts to use in your school.

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Teach Active

Provides teachers with lesson plans and resources to deliver the Maths and English curriculum through physical activity.

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More ideas

Discover more ways to help your pupils reach their 60 minutes of daily physical activity on our Daily Activity page. Or subscribe to our schools’ list and we’ll send case studies, ideas and opportunities straight to your inbox.

Get in touch with Kelly if you have a practical example you would like to share.

Daily activity inspiration from Hampshire & Isle of Wight schools

Pupils taking part in daily running initiative

Swanmore CE Primary School daily running initiative

Swanmore CE Primary School launched a daily running initiative.

St Bede School trials imoves

St Bede School trialled iMoves to boost enthusiasm for indoor PE

Niton Primary School running The Golden Mile

Niton Primary school wanted pupils to enjoy being active .

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