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North Somerset SGO Area

I am proud to have been the School Games Organiser (SGO) for the North Somerset Schools (78 infant, primary and secondary) since the introduction of the School Games in 2012 (Olympic Legacy). I am here to support schools and their wider communities with activity ideas during this challenging time of social distancing . Shane German North Somerset SGO

The Chief Medical Officer's recommendations are that children strive for 60 active minutes per day;

 In children and young people, regular physical activity is associated with improved learning and attainment, better mental health and cardiovascular fitness, also contributing to healthy weight status.

Children and Young People (5 to 18 years)

• Children and young people should engage in moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical

activity for an average of at least 60 minutes per day across the week. This can

include all forms of activity such as physical education, active travel, after-school

activities, play and sports.

• Children and young people should engage in a variety of types and intensities of

physical activity across the week to develop movement skills, muscular fitness, and

bone strength.

• Children and young people should aim to minimise the amount of time spent being

sedentary, and when physically possible should break up long periods of not moving

with at least light physical activity.

In what are challenging times, the School Games Organiser Network (450 SGOs) have been tasked with keeping children active (in support of schools)

WHY — to ensure physical literacy and physical fitness is maintained at a time when children’s lifestyles could easily become more sedentary 

• To provide DAILY inspiration and inclusive activities which will allow ALL children and young people to continue to access 60 active minutes of physical activity while restricted to their home or whilst still in school

 • To support schools in embedding and promoting physical activity, play and sport within virtual curriculums and within schools that remain open

 • To support parents in maintaining an active routine for children and young people during the disruption which in turn will help support positive behavior, mood and well-being as well as enhancing concentration and cognition which will support remote learning.

Movement is Life

This video animation is a fantastic tool for supporting the understanding of young people (and adults) as to why physical activity and movement is so important to our well being.

'Get Set, Eat Fresh':  Kevin the Carrot's Christmas Journey

Join the journey, build healthy habits and get Kevin home for Christmas!

Explore food around the world, recipe maths puzzles, fun ways to get active and more with our festive, cross-curricula activity bank. Inspired by Kevin the Carrot and his Christmas Journey the activities are flexible and can be completed either independently or in a sequence – with ideas varying from five minute lesson fillers to longer creative challenges – try as many as you like and Get Set to Eat Fresh!

Resources attached


Lenny and Lily in Lockdown and Lenny and Lily Return to School will help children make sense of their experiences during the coronavirus pandemic, communicate their feelings and prepare for more change as they go back to the classroom. As the stories are told in pictures alone, it is not necessary for children to be able to read words to enjoy them. This means they are appropriate for pupils in both mainstream and special education settings.

Supporting text at the end of each story gives teaching staff and parents guidance on how to use the stories with children.

Wesport Virtual Winter School Games

 After the success of the Virtual Summer School Games we are pleased to share that the The Virtual Winter School Games will be back in October for another five fortnightly challenges.  Watch this space and #WesportAP and #NSSPEA1 for further details in September/October.  Why not start practising now and improving your personal best in the following sixty second challenges:  Fast Feet, Figure of Eight,  Skipping, Star Jumps and Step Ups (all downloadable resources from this page).  #

YST After School Club

 Every weekday at 5pm until the end of term (18 December), we’re running a 30-minute online club for all children and young people to do some sport, develop skills and, most importantly, have fun!

Many children and young people across the UK will be missing out on their usual sport clubs. We’re here to help all young people feel part of a club that helps them develop skills and learn something new. The Youth Sport Trust’s After School Sport Club is about much more than physical fitness. It will help children develop physical literacy and confidence to try lots of new sports, helping all children find a sport for them.

The After School Sport Club will be led by Athlete Mentors from different backgrounds, abilities and sports.   Please find the poster attached and a legal disclaimer.

North Somerset Virtual Cross Country

Schools, classes and individuals are invited to participate in the NSSPEA Virtual Cross Country challenge.  Participants are invited to run their age appropriate distance (see Virtual Cross Country attachment), either as a one off opportunity, or as part of a progressive challenge.   The School Games values of 'determination' and 'self-belief' lend themselves well to this challenge which asks participants to try and achieve their personal best.  We are looking to celebrate the total distance covered by all participants across North Somerset Schools, so please remember to share your achievements!

 Take part in #RaceAroundTheWorld

COVID-19 is the biggest crisis we’ve faced in a generation. Now, over 500 Scout groups – many of them based in communities that were already made vulnerable before the virus hit – are struggling to make ends meet. If they close their doors, thousands of young people will miss out on all the life-changing skills and experiences being a Scout can bring, precisely when they need us most.  We’re asking everyone – including young people and their families, volunteers, and former Scouts – to sign up and join one of four teams as we #RaceRoundTheWorld.  The four teams are racing each other to see who can be the first to travel the 43,000 miles to get round the world. Everyone who takes part will be following our route at least once, though we’re encouraging everyone to take on as many miles as they can manage! Home physical education and physical activity ideas

A bank of resource ideas for home education 

of particular interest might be: 

Weekly Bulletin: 'Let's Keep Busy' Healthy Mind and Body; physical activity and creative ideas (v.13)

A physical activity bulletin will be published on this page each Friday, with links to some of the best physical activity resources/ideas.  This will typically be published on a Friday, but new ideas/resources may be shared with school PE leads in advance for them to share via their own communication channels.

Multiskills 'My Personal Best' Pentathlon Challenge

This new challenge involves participants practising and playing a series of 5 multiskill games with the aim of improving their own personal best.  It has been designed for pupils who are still attending school in lockdown, but adaptations have been suggested to make some (or all) of the games to be played at home.  The challenge is supported by videos of each game (shared with school staff) and an Excel spreadsheet can be used to track scores.  There is also a paper score tracker within the resource pack.  Mr Marshall scored 17 out of 25 in the demonstration videos. What will your personal best be?  

20: 2020 'Climb Every Mountain' Elevation Challenge

This challenge might add a little interest to your permitted daily physical activity (walks) outside of the home (within your local area).   Participants reach milestones as their overall elevation increases , with  virtual visits to well known hills, landmarks and mountains en route.  There is a paper/pen tracker within the challenge document, or you may choose to use the excel tracker to easily record your elevation.  We would love to hear how participants get on with the challenge and hear if anyone manages to reach the virtual summit of Ben Nevis.  

60 Active Minutes: example physical activity timetable; create your own  timetable

Children and young people aged 5 to 18 should:

  • aim for an average of at least 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a day across the week
  • take part in a variety of types and intensities of physical activity across the week to develop movement skills, muscles and bones
  • reduce the time spent sitting or lying down and break up long periods of not moving with some activity. Aim to spread activity throughout the day. All activities should make you breathe faster and feel warmer

The attached physical activity timetable is an example of how the recommended minutes could be achieved across a day.  Can you create a physical activity timetable that works for you (and your family)?  A blank timetable is included for you to do this.

Fun and Inclusive Activity ideas: 

Rachel Bown has kindly shared her activity idea sheets:  RBInc sheets 1, 2 ,3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Access Sport: Inclusive Home Activities

A bank of 30 minute inclusive activities for all the family.  Download the resource via this page:  

Week_5_-__Home_Activities_Master (1).pdf 

Sportshall Athletics: 'Home Pentathlon Challenge'

The Home Pentathlon is a fun way for families to take part in adapted Sportshall Athletics events within their home environment.   The full details can be found here - 

The guidance notes and online score system are supported by a set of Youtube clips which have kindly been narrated by Olympic medal winner Katharine Merry.

 School 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. 

NGB Activities

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. 


Secondary PE at home: #thisIsPE secondary:

#ThisISPE secondary is designed to support teachers and parents/carers with secondary aged children in signposting to appropriate physical education content which enables pupils to continue their development within national curriculum PE at home during the school closures.