We understand things are a little bit different at the moment. Everything around us is constantly changing: the rules, the guidance, who you can go to see, who you cannot mix with and everything from going to school to seeing your family and friends seems to have been affected. It has to be expected that children and young people may feel a little down, overwhelmed or unmotivated in their everyday routines. However, one thing we can do together to try and keep their spirits high and mood positive is to encourage them to continue daily physical activity! It has been scientifically proven that physical activity and exercise can have a positive effect on our mental health. This and many other well-documented benefits of physical activity are the main reasons Physical Education & Active Kids feel it is vital your child continues to take part in physical activity whilst at home. Each day, more and more children are required to stay home from school to self-isolate and we want your child to continue to have the opportunity to stay active during this time.
Research from Sport England shows that just 19% of children were meeting the recommended one hour of day of physical activity during lockdown.
For this reason, it is vital for the physical and mental health of our children that PE gets back on track. High quality PE develops children’s physical literacy, increasing both their confidence and the likelihood that they will lead a physically active life both in and out of school!
This is why we have created the PEAK Physical Activity at Home Diary.
This diary contains one activity per day for a 14-day self-isolation period, in addition, there is also a cross-curricular activity per day relating to core subjects such as English, Maths and Science.
If your child is in Key Stage One (Years 1-2) they may need some additional support when completing the activities. If your child is in Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) they should try to complete the activities individually but you could be on hand should they need any support.
Physical activity and exercise is beneficial for everyone, so why not turn it into a family activity? Join your children for the daily activity and encourage other family members to take part too! However, when involving other family members, please remember to follow government advice and guidance. We recommend you only involve family members within your own household.
Towards the back of the diary, there is a page with additional activities called the ‘Wellbeing Wall’. This provides 14 additional activities to support your child’s wellbeing throughout the isolation period.
You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by simply searching for PEAK! We also have lots of PEAK Team Challenges on our YouTube Challenge!
We hope your little one has fun, stays safe and stays active during their time at home.