Physical and emotional wellbeing is vital at a time when children’s lifestyles could easily become more sedentary. Children and young people need to do a variety of different activities to develop balance, coordination, good posture, muscle strength, strong bones and fitness. There has arguably never been a more important time to enable children to be active because not only does this improve their physical health, it keeps them mentally well.
During lockdown we need to be more creative about activity. On this page you will find resources to help children and young people keep fit and to develop fundamental movement skills and fundamental sports skills. Being physically active for at least 60 minutes each day will help children’s health, focus, wellbeing and increasing the enjoyment of spending more time at home. This page will be updated regularly so please check in for new ideas and activities.
Weekly PE Challenges – Week beginning 22nd February 2021
This weeks challenges come from Chance to Shine Cricket
Each day has an individual activity and a pairs activity for parents to join in.
Monday - COOL CATCHER
Tuesday – BRILLIANT BOWLER
Wednesday – SUPER STRIKER
Thursday – CREATIVE CRICKETER
Friday – FEROCIOUS FIELDER
KEEP KIDS ACTIVE - PE Lessons from Loughborough College
In partnership with the Daily Telegraph's Keep Kids Active campaign, Loughborough College has created a FREE series of online PE sessions to support children's health during the lockdown.
Laura Steele, one of their PE lecturers, has designed five excellent and engaging lessons aimed at children aged 10-14 and which can be done in any home, without the need for equipment or parental supervision.
Each lesson includes 30 minutes of input from Laura, followed by a 30-minute challenge for children to try at home.
The lessons will cover:
- Olympic Sports
All videos will be uploaded from Monday, 18th January, 2021. Click here to access
ACTIVE KIDS DO BETTER
Active Kids Do Better is a brilliant website to help with fit breaks in the classroom (or home classroom!), give ideas for playground games and for family resources. Small bursts of physical activity throughout the school day are proven to help children concentrate and stay on task.
Active Kids Do Better resources are still freely available for you to use, whether in the classroom or at home – with no sign up needed:
- Classroom resources: Use our ready-to-go videos and activity booster to help motivate and energise your kids.
- Playground resources: Turn playtime into fun time with our collection of team games and Marathon Kids.
- Family resources: Get started by moving together - in your living room, garden or local park.
Dorset School Games Skipping Channel
Dorset School Games are working with Dan the Skipping Man® this year to get everyone active and participating in skipping.
The videos provide all Dorset Schools with resources that can be used both at school or at home to support children and young people to increase their activity levels and develop new skills. There are videos for key stage 1, key stage 2 and secondary age. Just click on Playlists and follow the series of videos to learn to skip, stay active and have fun!
Please see the inclusion adaptations in the files section.
Youth Sport Trust After School Sport Club
The Youth Sport Trust After School Sport Club was created to help all young people feel part of a club while many schools are shut and youth sport is on hold. Focusing on much more than physical fitness, the club will help children develop physical literacy and the confidence to try new sports.
Each week there will be a different focus, with Tuesdays introducing the basic theme and Thursdays involving a sport-specific session. Starting on Tuesday 12 January at 5pm and taking place at this time every Tuesday and Thursday, children and young people can join in the live broadcast on the Youth Sport Trust YouTube channel. Have a go at some previous sessions here.
Join in the conversation on social using #YSTAfterSchool and tagging @YouthSportTrust across all social media channels.
YST Primary PE Activities in Partnership with Complete PE
PE activities that can be done individually or in pairs/small groups with a focus on the development of physical competence and actively learning the importance of personal skills to support social, emotional and mental wellbeing.
Activity cards - Click here to access activity cards to cover all PE curriculum areas. Whether you’re a teacher in school or teaching PE remotely, or a parent or carer supporting PE home learning, they can be used to generate ideas for lessons. Download and share the activity cards by selecting the title and access the video by selecting the video link next to each activity. View all videos in playlist format here.
YST #THISISPE Secondary PE Activities
Each #ThisIsPE secondary PE activity comes with a downloadable learning card outlining what space and equipment is needed, personal and physical learning outcomes, guidance on adapting the activity to make it harder or easier and some questions to consider. Click here to view the activity cards. and videos.
All activities can be done at home and with household objects. All videos have been filmed by current secondary PE teachers who are part of the Youth Sport Trust Secondary PE CatalYST network.
YST #THISISPE SEND PE Activities
PE resources to support in-school and remote learning for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Click here to view resources.
Active Dorset Directory of Support & Resources
Active Dorset have collated recommended support and resources to keep people of all ages active at home. Please click to view the Airtable Directory.
School Games Active Championships
The School Games Active Championships is a national activity campaign to help young people across the UK to #StayInWorkOut using the video-based platform powered by TopYa! New challenges will be available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to engage with. Primary and secondary-aged children can join the School Games Active Championships at any time with free active challenges being set via videos within a designated School Games version of the TopYa! Active app. All they need to do is download the app and type in the Invite Code 23880 - Click for more details
National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) have worked alongside the School Games to build and develop a series of sport formats for intra and inter-school competition. These formats aim to encourage all young people to participate and are based on supporting young people to build and extend their skills and confidence. During the period where Covid-19 has resulted in school closures and isolation, the National Governing Bodies have identified a number of activities that you can continue to work on to develop your skills and confidence for when things return to normal - Click to visit
STEP INTO SPORT YOUTH LEADERSHIP
Step into Sport Youth Leadership Camps focus on the development of leadership skills in young people, with an increased emphasis on further training and deployment opportunities in workforce specific roles. There are two delivery approaches for Step into Sport this year. Please find summaries of the approaches below along with links to all the content and support material you will need. You can choose between the two or deliver both if you see the benefit. In Dorset we have a clear objective of making sure those who complete the programme have opportunities once they have completed the courses. This might be through leading in your own school, within the School Games or by linking into community clubs and volunteering. Please keep us informed when leaders have completed the training. The options are outlined below: