Physical activities to give pupils a break.
Active Playgrounds encourage physical activity through structured, safe and fun activities. A thoughtful programme can help improve behaviour and reduce break time incidents. It’s a simple way to boost wellbeing and help pupils achieve 30 minutes of physical activity during each school day.
Active Playgrounds encourage children to be physically active in their free time. A thoughtful programme can enrich imaginations and improve mental wellbeing. It’s one of the simplest ways to help ensure children return to the classroom with happy faces, ready to learn.
Primary PE and Sport Premium funding lends itself to Active Playgrounds. You could invest it in:
Active playgrounds can improve pupils’ coordination, skill, strength, agility, balance and endurance.
Active playgrounds enable pupils to learn how to work with others and to build an understanding of tolerance, cooperation and sharing.
Active playgrounds enable pupils to explore their environment. This gives children time to understand the world in which they live.
Lunchtime supervisors are an important part of Active Playgrounds. They can support, encourage and promote physical activity by organising structured play. This enables children to get involved and get active in a safe environment.
Organise training for your school to equip staff with the tools to:
Zoning the playground is a great way to help children get to know what activities are available. It can also help to prevent negative experiences. And it doesn’t have to be expensive; it could be as simple as using existing markings or equipment such as cones.
Some children struggle in the playground. There are different boundaries outside of the classroom – both physical and social. Zoning can make it easier for children to navigate.
Zones could include a/an:
Our young leaders really enjoy organising games at lunchtime. Their confidence has grown over the weeks... Communication has improved between the captains and this has also developed their teamwork.
Morage Pearce, Lunchtime Senior Supervisor, Beechwood Junior School
Playground Leaders is a structured training programme designed for children in Years 5 and 6. It equips pupils with the skills to organise and deliver lunchtime activities for children throughout the school, with support from school staff. The training includes communication and leadership skills and teaches positive ways to engage and encourage younger children. It focuses on promoting inclusion and creating a safe space to be active.
Get in touch with Kelly to find out more about the training.
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