The UK government expects every primary school to help their pupils achieve 30 minutes of physical activity during the school day.
With children spending up to 20% of their school day on the playground, we need to make better use of this time and help all children engage in positive physical activity experiences.
Today’s children may be the first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. Currently, just 23% of boys and 20% of girls meet the recommended 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day. For many children in your school, the school day provides their only opportunity to be active.
Ofsted’s new framework highlights health, well-being and behaviour as key priority areas. However, tight budgets have resulted in schools struggling to identify ways in which they can engage children in activity and boost health and well-being throughout the school day. As a result, non-teaching staff are often used to supervise children on the playground. Yet, most receive little or no training.
In so many school’s children become bored on the playground and football dominates, mainly because there isn’t anything else to do. Our risk adverse culture and play equipment that usually includes balls, skipping ropes and a few hoops often means there is little to stimulate our pupil’s imagination.
These common problems lead to a high level of lunchtime incidents and accidents. Lunchtime supervisors are often left to try and resolve petty arguments that can end up carrying over into the classroom.
The Activator Workshop is really engaging and has really improved our lunchtime provision.
We chose the Activator Workshop because it was specific to our needs as a school. Our lunchtime and playground supervisors needed support leading safe activities with confidence to enhance the physical activity and behaviour of the children in the playground.
Playground Activator has dramatically improved our playground supervisors skills. There are more games and activities taking place in the playground at lunchtime and break and the staff are confident in leading safe, well-structured games that the children enjoy
Areas and space on the playground are being used a lot more and there are less behaviour issues at break and lunchtimes.