Activity 1 - We can be active in different ways.
Before the session, make a copy of the My activity booklet for each child. The booklet comprises two sheets which should be printed double sided, along the short edge. Each sheet can then be folded in half to create a booklet.
Ask the children the following questions to get them thinking about being active:
- What does ‘being active’ mean?
- Have you been active today?
- What activities do you usually do?
- What activities are your favourite?
Write some of the children’s answers on the board and ask the children why they like the activities.
Question the children about how they feel when they are being active and after activity.
- How do you feel when you are being active?
- Do you feel out of breath, warmer/cooler, more/less tired and/or sweaty?
- How do you feel after you have been active?
- Why do you think you feel like this when you are active? (Your body is working harder and you are using energy.)
Ask the children if they think it is important to be active and why this might be.
Help the children understand that being active helps us to have strong bones, strong muscles and a healthy heart. Ask the children if they can think of any other reasons why it might be good to be active, e.g. to help us feel happy, make new friends, learn new skills, have new experiences, sleep better.
Give each child a copy of the My activity booklet. Talk through the activities in the booklet, pointing out the image/s and ‘I/ I can’ statements which provide the focus of each activity. You may like to set the children one activity a day or week.
Activity 2 - Children should be active for 60 minutes a day.
For this session, you might wish the children to change into their sports clothes.
Recap what ‘being active’ means.
Explain to the children that they need to 60 minutes (one hour) a day of activity that:
- makes them feel warmer;
- makes them breathe harder;
- makes their heart beat faster.
Ask them to suggest activities that they think would make them feel like this, e.g. running. Explain to the children that these sorts of activities are good for the body because they make it work harder which helps us get fitter and stronger.
Ask the children to suggest some activities where they are still active and moving about, but the body is not working as hard, we can call these ‘everyday activities’, e.g. walking, tidying. Explain that these everyday activities are also important and should be done as well as the activities that count towards their 60 minutes.
Explain to the children that you are going outside to test some activities to see if they would count towards their 60 minutes a day or if they are ‘everyday’ activities that they do as part of our lives and don’t make the body work very hard.
You could give the children the Does it count towards my 60 minutes? worksheet or show this on an interactive whiteboard. Choose activities from the list to test with the children. Remind them of the three bullet points that tell us if the activity will count towards their 60 minutes a day. Direct the children to undertake the activities and ask how they feel after each one so you can decide if it counts towards their 60 minutes a day. You may wish to record this on the worksheet or board when you return to the classroom.
Explain to the children that they do not have to do their 60 minutes in one go, it can be in parts, e.g. 10 minutes at break time, 30 minutes at lunchtime, 5 minutes on the way home, 15 minutes at an after school club. Ask them to talk about how they might add get to their 60 minutes in a day. They could use the Activity clock worksheet record this.
- Give each child an Activity speech bubble worksheet. Ask them to complete the sheet and decorate the boarder with drawings of different activities. Use the completed sheets to create a display.
- Task the children to invent break time games and activities that would count towards their 60 minutes a day.
- Challenge the class and their parents/carers to think of an activity for every letter of the alphabet. Build a display of these in the entrance hall.
- Take a look at some of the Food route resources - click here.
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