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/Firefighter Fit Kids HIIT Session/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
Active Playtimes - Mr Dickinson, our Sports TA, is out running games with a different class every day on the grass (astro) area.
Active Lunchtimes - each class has a play leader who runs 15 minutes of games for every child
Sports Challenge Leaders - Mr Dickinson trained a team of Year 2 children to be Sports Leaders. They work together to run games on our playground every week to ensure that everyone takes part in intra-school competitions.
Gentle Touch - children's massage
Yoga - using Mini Me Yoga
Mindfulness - whenever the need arises!
Cosmic Kids - for relaxation or stimulation
Go Noodle - when the mood takes us
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 including those led by the Sports Challenge Leaders at lunch times.