Active at School

Schools have a large role to play in helping children to be active during the school day.

Schools have a fundamental role to play in helping equip children with the knowledge they need to make healthy choices for themselves, and in creating a healthy environment for children to learn and play.

Children and young people (5-18 years old) should take part in appropriate physical activity for at least 60 minutes per day, every day of the week. These activities should make young people breathe faster and will help develop movement skills and increase muscle and bone strength.

Children and Young People with a Disability (5-18 years old) should aim to be active for 20 minutes per day, every day of the week. Do challenging but manageable strength and balance activities 3 times a week.

Schools provide the ideal setting to ensure they reach their activity target.

    • 30 minutes of their daily target can and should be achieved at school.
    • Why not use active travel as a way to add to your child's daily movement

PE, School Sport and Physical Activity

Physical Education (PE) is about what takes place in school curriculum timetabled time and which is delivered to all pupils. This involves both 'learning to move' (i.e. becoming more physically competent) and 'moving to learn'.

School Sport is the structured learning that takes place beyond the curriculum. This is sometimes referred to as out-of-school-hours learning. Again, the context for the learning is physical activity.

Physical Activity is a broad term referring to all bodily movement that uses energy. It includes all forms of physical education, sports and dance activities.