Physical activity in the classroom.
Long gone are the days when physical activity was confined solely to muddy fields and playgrounds. The benefits of exercise on children's learning have led teachers to bring physical activity in from the cold, and it now has a home at the heart of the classroom. Proven to build mental as well as physical strength, short bursts of exercise are a great way of keeping pupils alert and engaged throughout the day.
Here at OneStep CPD, we aim to help you deliver fun and meaningful activity breaks in your classroom. With the help of experienced teaching professionals, we've devised three time-effective CPD strategies that aim to improve the focus, stamina and wellbeing of your pupils through physical activity.
These courses are tried and trusted by teachers around the world, from Yorkshire to the Middle East. They're also free. If you'd like to take a look for yourself, simply click and explore the following links.
- Doing the Daily Move: Aerobic Exercise
- Doing the Daily Move: Balance Exercise
- Physically Active Breaks
Healthy body~healthy mind.
Getting pupils out of their seats and moving at regular intervals has been shown to have a huge positive impact on how they learn. A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine states that:
a single session of moderate physical activity has an acute benefit to brain function, cognition and scholastic performance in children and youth
Whether it's a quick round of star jumps or learning a new dance as a class, physical activity in all its forms has the power to:
- improve concentration and knowledge retention
- increase children's fitness and overall health
- positively impact emotional wellbeing
- boost confidence and self-esteem
- alleviate stress and anxiety
- reduce poor behaviour
- prevent disease
- tackle obesity
Why OneStep CPD?
We know how much you care about developing as a teacher. We care too. That's why our courses are flexible, free, and based on listening, rather than prescribing. Your development is your development. We won't tell you which path to take but we will support you along the way. Please see below for a run-down of what our courses will and, just as importantly, will not do for you.
Our CPD strategies will:
- have a direct impact on your teaching
- turn areas of weakness into strengths
- help you progress professionally
- improve your confidence
- teach you new skills
- re-energise you
They will not:
- force you to change your approach to teaching
- add to your already heavy workload
- waste your time