Keep active at home
National Sports Week
National Sports Week
This week is National Sports Week. To celebrate this, SASP have organised lots of challenges for us to complete at home or at school. If you click the following link, it will take you to the SASP website for more information. I would love as many of us as possible to take part - what could be better than completing some challenges, taking part in a national event and having fun. Let me know on class Dojo if you complete enough challenges to get some certificates. Go, go, go!
There is another suggested weekly timetable from Fitter Future. I really like the sound of circuits, King/Queen/rock/paper/scissors, volleyball games and pick and drop. It is saved at the bottom of this page. Message me on class Dojo with your favourite activity.
SASP have produced some lesson plans for PE for Year R, 1 and 6 for staff to use in school - we enjoyed doing some of the challenges in school last week. There are a lot of you still at home, so I thought I would put them on here so you can access the great content too. It is saved at the bottom of this page and there are recording sheets for personal bests too.
There is another suggested timetable from Fitter Future below with some fun sounding activities like maths and agility, tennis, clap/flick/catch. Please see below.
Today I am handing over being active to one of our Year 6 Young Leaders. Mia is on the SASP gifted and talented leadership academy and was challenged by them to make a video to inspire others to be active. I think it is brilliant - well done Mia. What are you waiting for, get active! Video near the bottom of the page.
I had forgotten about this website and having been on it just now, have remembered how good it is. There is so much information - how to eat more healthily, how to keep active, simple swaps to make us healthier, recipes and more. Check it out:
Weekly Personal Best Challenge
If you haven't seen Chatterbox this week, I set you all a challenge - have a go and let me know how you get on. This week I am challenging you to throw and catch a ball - either with someone else or throwing it against a wall. How many can you do without dropping it. Easier - large ball, 2 hands, stand close to wall. Harder - one handed, use worst hand, small ball and stand further away from the wall. Let me know on your class Dojo how you get on. Good luck.
Sport England's job is to get people active in this country and to work with all the Sport Governing Bodies to ensure this happens (like the FA). They have launched a great page with lots of ideas and links on how we can keep active. There are tabs for keeping active indoors and outdoors with ideas like Couch to 5k and Active 10. Here is the link if you want more inspiration: https://www.sportengland.org/stayinworkout.
This weeks suggested timetable looks great. From ball mastery, tennis in 2's, a fitness challenge, pilates, wall ball, cardio, speed, football dribble and more. The document is at the bottom of the page labelled week beginning 18th May.
Do You Like Dance?
There is so much on You Tube - some of my favourites are Just Dance and Kids Zumba. I laughed at how badly I kept up - I bet you are better than me! Send me a clip of you doing it on your class Dojo.
BBC Super Movers
Have you used this yet? It is a great resource, full of active videos which link to your child's learning. It is great resource for actively learning your times tables and is suitable for children of all ages.
How to be Active at Home
it's important, more so than ever, that we continue to take care of our physical and mental wellbeing during these times, and physical activity is still one of the best ways of doing this. There's plenty you can do at home to keep active and SASP have developed specific resource pages for: Adults, Families & Children, Adapted Activities, Older People and those with Long Term Conditions, Getting Outside, and Mum & Baby. Click this link: https://www.sasp.co.uk/be-active-at-home. Please see the photo below in the documents section too.
Sustrans - Cycling
This fantastic cycling charity has some more great ideas for cycling and scooting. Now we can go out a bit more (applying social distancing) it's a perfect time to look at this:
We wanted to let you know about the launch of Sustrans Outside In, a free resource to help parents who are looking after their children at home. Walking, cycling and scooting are great ways to keep active and healthy in body and mind. During this time where we are mostly required to stay at home, these activities become harder to do. Sustrans Outside In provides fun ideas and inspiration for parents to bring education, health and wellbeing activities into their home. Parents can access resources by registering for our free parent newsletter. Over four weeks, they’ll receive weekly videos, themed activities, games and challenges designed by our experienced school officers. If you think these resources would be useful to your home schooled students, please let parents know about it. Include a link to the subscription page www.sustrans.org.uk/OutsideIn on your website, social media and other communication channels and encourage parents to sign up.
SASP Dance Challenge
SASP have launched a dance challenge, yay! Please see below details of the NEW School Games Virtual Dance Challenge that has been launched. The Dance Challenge is explained in the School Games video link below This was posted on our Facebook and Twitter pages:
Closing date for entries is 30th June.
Details are also on the website https://www.sasp.co.uk/somerset-school-games-virtual-ch. I know how many of you do dance both at home and at school, it would be great to see some entries from our school.
There is another weekly timetable from Fitter Future saved at the bottom of the page. It looks really good - there are lots of challenges - football ones, a Ben Nevis mountain one - have a look and have fun doing them!
Fitter Future Weekly Timetable
Fitter Future (the log in is on your class Dojo) has produced a suggested timetable for the week. It is in the documents at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!
SASP May Challenges
SASP have produced a calendar of challenges for May - here they are below (near the bottom of the page). What are you waiting for, get going!
School of Parkrun
Parkrun have produced a range of cross curricular home school ideas, which they post on You Tube. The ideas are linked to the worldwide Parkrun network and include ideas on maths, geography, english, art, science as well as being active (obviously). Click here to have a look (please supervise children when they are on You Tube):
40 Home Activity Ideas
If you click this link, it will take you to a document (produced by the Windsor Sports Partnership) with 40 active ideas that you can do at home with little or no equipment. I like the den idea - which ones take your fancy?
Cycling and Sustrans
I am sure a lot of us are getting on our bikes and cycling for our daily exercise. We had a brilliant partnership with Sustrans for two years (who remembers active to travel to school breakfasts and bling your bike?) and they provide a wealth of information on their website. On their homepage you can find out which bike shops are open locally (did you know that On Your Bike which is located at the train station hires out bikes for key workers?) and find lots of cycle routes on their National Cycle Routes map. Check out www.sustrans.org for more information and happy cycling everyone.
The 2.6 Challenge
The 40th London Marathon was supposed to take place yesterday and it raises millions of pounds for charity. There is a nationwide push to do a 2.6 challenge (because the marathon is 26 miles). The idea is you make up a challenge with 2.6 in it - running up and down the stairs 26 times, scooting 26 laps of your local park on your daily exercise, holding the plank for 2 mins 6 secs etc. I am going to run 2 miles on 6 consecutive days - what are you going to do? If you want to and are able, you could then make a small donation to a charity of your choice.
We have FREE access to the Fitter Future website. This means you can access daily challenges, loads of workouts, a suggested timetable of what you can do and lots more. The username and password is on your class Dojo - go to www.fitterfuture.com, click sign up, click student and then put in your username and password. You can also sign up - click the sign up button and then in the drop down box, family and again it gives you free access to everything. Have fun and let me know how you got on.
SASP are working really hard to help us all stay active with many different ways of doing activity and PE at home. You can find them on Facebook and Twitter by searching: @somschoolgames www.facebook.com/somschoolgames or https://twitter.com/somschoolgames Then please like and follow the page/feed and feel free to re-tweet. You can find more resources to keep active at home on our website; https://www.sasp.co.uk/home-family-activities. If you follow the school PE Twitter feed, I will re-tweet many great activities too: @StJamesSchPE.
As you know, this is the free app that allows you to catch virtual tags (a bit like Pokemon).
Street Tag has been adapted to support your physical activities at home and social distancing. Start earning points, #StayInWorkOut, climb the leaderboard and win prizes such as sports equipment, amazon vouchers, Fitbit and more from the comfort of your home using the Street Tag app. Download or update your Street Tag app into the latest version to start converting your steps and calorie burn into Street Tag points using Fitbit hardware or just the Fitbit app without the hardware device (You do not require a Fitbit if you don't have one, just the Fitbit app will do just fine). Install the Fitbit app and create an account for the Sync connection with Street Tag. Once you open the latest version of the Street Tag app, tap on the Fitbit icon on the home screen, connect your Fitbit app account to enable auto-sync. All you have to do now is ensure you open the Street Tag app at least once a day and your steps so far for that day will be automatically converted into Street Tag points. #StayInWorkOut as much as you can with your phone on you and Street Tag will take care of the hard part of climbing the leader board and winning prizes.
If you click the following link, there are lots of 5 minute workouts - from dance to HIIT to yoga. They make a really good quick break activity to do - no equipment is required and very little space - https://inspiredschools.co.uk/inspired-5/. They also have a Facebook support page - search for Inspired Schools.
There is a log in on your class Dojo page for you to access Jasmine, the brilliant way we teach PE at school. real PE at home includes an online programme which supports you to be active, play and learn together. It includes a programme for Early Years, KS1 with 12 themes, 6 areas, over 250 activities and challenges and thousands of hours of fun activity. It also includes a programme for KS2 with daily and weekly guidance provided for both programmes in addition to an option to choose your own themes and activities. There are so many benefits to being active - not only to our physical well-being, but also to our emotional and mental health. When you log on, scroll down and there is a suggested timetable - I teach all of this in school and the children absolutely LOVE it. There is also a Facebook community group set up to help you with top tips, ideas and advice. There is a daily timetable and guidance to support families. There is also a chance for families to win prizes in weekly competitions.
I have re-tweeted some really good ideas of how to stay active at home - if you are not following the school PE account, search for @StJamesSchPE. There are 30 different ways to create active games just using a roll of sticky tape - genius!
So, the weekly personal best challenge. I set you a challenge to complete this and the bodyweight strength challenge circuit.
Joe Wicks The Body Coach is going to run a PE lesson (workout) every morning at 9am Monday to Friday. What better way to start the day? The workouts will be live on his YouTube Channel - click this link: https://www.youtube.com/thebodycoachtv.
There are many ways we can keep fit at home with no equipment. You Tube has a plethora of content - obviously, please supervise the children while they are using this platform. These are some of my favourites and the children (and you) can literally just follow them - click, play, workout, happy days.
Sallys - awesome strength workouts. There are Sallys for squats - the easiest, stomach/core which is harder and if any of you can complete Sally arms, you get a gold medal!
Sally squats: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bql6sIU2A7k
Sally arms: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41N6bKO-NVI
Moovlee - there are so many workouts - yoga, meditation and active workouts. Here are a couple of good ones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7i0tUVNHfLA and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toi50kBcLM8.
Joe Wicks the Body Coach. Joe Wicks is brilliant - he has hundreds of workouts on his YouTube channel specifically for children, but also tons for adults to do too. It is important that children do the children's work outs as they are specifically designed for their growing bodies. All of the workouts need little space and no equipment and are really easy to follow.
Cosmic Kids Yoga. I use these a lot in school and the children love them. There are lots to choose from and they too have their own YouTube channel.
Other Physical Activities to try at home https://www.sportengland.org/news/how-stay-active-while-youre-home. Sport England have produced tons of resources to help keep you active, over this time of isolation.
https://www.gonoodle.com/ has fun dance moves and active games online. Free to subscribe – tons of enjoyable activities.
Premier Sport have unlocked and provided for free some home challenges. Premier Sport run many of our after school clubs. Parents can download activities for their children to complete at home. Premier Sport will provide resources split across the following categories:
- Physical Activity
- Health and Wellbeing
They will be uploading resources including Tokyo Trail, Game of Actual Life lessons and sessions from NGB’s under each of these categories. They will add to these resources daily. If you are interested, you need to sign up on their website. https://www.premier-education.com/stay-active/?utm_campaign=Premier%20Education%20school%20support%20Covid-19&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=85021586&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9s9w1jCwIVK6qvTgIco4LcYpRvrBZgy6ONuDgHtOfA0tBER4GqFpAjW0hEdbJlU6BUNoDE&utm_content=85021586&utm_source=hs_email
Home Circuits - this is a really fun way to keep fit - design your circuit, set up your timer, get some music on and off you go! Here is one that I do at home: star jumps, press ups, sit ups, sprint on the spot, tricep dips (I use the edge of the sofa), lie on back and do leg raises, jumping squats, plank, punches (stand with legs apart and punch forward with alternate arms as hard as you can), squat with alternate knee raise, punch up in the air (straight up above your head) with alternate arms, crunches.
You decide on the work/rest balance. Start with 30 seconds work and 30 seconds rest between each exercise, then try 35 seconds work with 25 seconds rest and aim for 40 seconds work and 20 seconds of rest. I write the exercises out on bits of paper so I can re-use them. Enjoy!
Balloon Challenges and Games. SO much fun can be had with a simple balloon. Here are some ideas:
Keepy uppies with hands or feet - how long can you do it for? How many can you do - set a personal best and try and beat it.
Seated volleyball - use cushions or pillows as a net.
Standing volleyball (depending how much room you have - use chairs for a net).
Balloon tennis - use your hand as a bat.
Balloon waddle races (put the balloon between your knees and it has to stay there) - could you go into 3 different rooms of the house?
Balloon and spoon race.
Set an Indoor scavenger hunt - find the following items in your house. Use a phone or tablet to take pictures of the following items. How quickly can you find all the items?
1. Something beginning with the letter S
2. Something red
3. A family photo
4. A spoon
5. A picture of someone doing a yoga pose
6. Happy faces
7. Something beginning with the letter O
8. Something that makes a noise when shaken
9. Something beginning with R
10. Something soft
11. Something white
12. Something with two hands and a face but has no arms or legs
13. A group balance, where all of you are touching each other, no one can do the same balance
14. Someone doing the floss
15. Something plastic
16. Something hard
There are some brilliant resources online too:
Plus loads of stuff on youtube - please supervise the children when they are on YouTube
Enjoy keeping active everyone, Mrs Ray