The childhood obesity plan is the government’s response to the challenge of growing inactivity and physical wellbeing in young people.
The guidelines of the plan detail the responsibility of schools to not only ensure 30 active minutes each day for every child in school, but their responsibility to proactively encourage parental engagement to achieve 30 active minutes outside of the timetabled school day.
Westmeads' Approach to 30:30
Here at Westmeads we fully encourage activity and participation in all lessons. Here is just a sample of the ways in which we help our children to be active for a minimum of 30 minutes during a school day:
Wake Up, Shake Up or Morning Run - to start the day
Drama and role play - during our English lessons
Active Maths (Maths of the Day) - fully embedded into our Maths lessons
Beach Walks - weekly lessons on the beach; walking to and from
Outside lessons - weekly lessons based around any topic; just being active outside in the playground and in our Outdoor Classroom. Each class has a day a week timetabled to use the Outdoor Classroom.
Active Playtimes - each class has their own equipment to support Active Playtimes, with different equipment chosen to support and develop balance, gross motor skills, ball skills and hand-eye coordination.
Active Lunchtimes - each class has a play leader who runs 15 minutes of games for every child.
Gentle Touch - children's massage
Yoga - using Mini Me Yoga
Mindfulness - whenever the need arises!
Cosmic Kids - for relaxation or stimulation.
Go Noodle - for regular brain breaks during the day.
Active Breakfast and After-School Clubs - Breakfast and After-School Clubs have their own play equipment to encourage the children to be active outside of school hours.
Obviously, all of this is in addition to our 2 hours of curriculum PE and lunch time or after school clubs. We offer a variety of sports clubs as part of our wider after-school provision.