60 Active Minutes

New physical activity guidelines have been published by the four UK Chief Medical Officers, covering early years, children and young people. Physical activity should be encouraged across the population, with the latest evidence showing there is a clear link between physical activity and chronic disease. 

The guidance has a renewed focus on being active everyday and spells out the recommended minimum levels of activity for each age group:

Under 5s
180 minutes - 3 hours - each day, once a child is able to walk

5-18 year olds
60 minutes and up to several hours every day of moderate to vigorous intensity. Three days a week should include vigorous intensity activities which strengthen muscle and bone.


60 Active Minutes

The government have stated that, of the 60 minutes required for 5-18 year olds, schools are responsible for 30 minutes, in addition to the 2 hours of PE the children complete each week.

30 Active Minutes at School

As a school, we are making a conscious effort to ensure every child participates in 30 extra active minutes. Activities include:
- Wake up, shake up routines
- Active Maths starters
- Active English starters
- Active counting
- Active phonics
- Active spelling
- Daily Mile

A display has been put up in the school hall, giving children ideas of games they could play during their break and lunch times to ensure they are as active as possible. 

30 Active Minutes at Home

There are also suggestions for activities the children could participate in at home, as the other 30 minutes are to be completed there. As we understand that it is not always possible to go out for a bike ride or a walk after school, we have found some fun games that the children can play in a space at home. 
We have printed off some activity sheets that children can borrow and take home to help with new ideas. There are also lots of ideas of games and activities at the Change 4 Life website. 

During the next few weeks, we will be trying to catch the children participating in their extra active minutes at school and we will putting the photographs on this page. Please feel free to send in any photos of your children completing their extra active minutes at home to also be included. 

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