Physical Activity at Swarcliffe Primary School
Physical activity is essential for good health and contributes to positive well-being. Many of the leading causes of disease in today’s society are associated with physical inactivity. Physical activity during the early years and childhood are strong indicators of future behaviours including educational attainment, health and happiness. Simple games during early childhood helps to improve confidence and instil a sense of achievement. Sedentary behaviour can lead to an increase in social and emotional health concerns
The Chief Medical Officers Physical Activity Guidelines 2011 state, 5-18 year olds should be physically active for at least 60 minutes (1 hour) every day, which should range between moderate-intensity activity, such as cycling and playground activities and vigorous-intensity activity, such as fast running and tennis.
Children 5 and under who can walk on their own should be physically active every day for at least 180 minutes (3 hours). This should be spread throughout the day, indoors or outside. The 180 minutes can include light activity such as standing up, moving around, rolling and playing, as well as more energetic activity like skipping, hopping, running and jumping.
Swarcliffe Primary School is committed to promoting the health and well-being of all its children, their families and all staff through physical activity. At Swarcliffe Primary School, we aim to increase the number of pupils and staff participating in physical activity across the whole school. We will ensure that the benefits of physical activity for the health and well-being of pupils, staff and families are clearly promoted. Furthermore, we aim to create an environment conducive to regular and high quality physical activity for all. We will be supported in implementing our aims through close collaboration with Leeds Active Schools.