Little Elms Blog: Physical activity in Early Years

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14th June 2019 | Little Elms Blog

Little Elms Blog: Physical activity in Early Years

With the recent visit of Olympian Peter Bakare for Sports in School and our upcoming Sports Day, I thought it would be a good time to talk about the importance of physical activity in Early Years. Physical activity is vital for a child’s development and lays the foundation for a healthy and active life.

The benefits of being active for young children include:

  • Promoting healthy growth and development
  • Helping to achieve and maintain a healthy weight
  • Building strong bones and muscles
  • Improving cardiovascular fitness
  • Improving balance, coordination and strength
  • Maintaining and developing flexibility
  • Improving posture
  • Assisting with the development of gross motor and fine motor skills
  • Providing the opportunity to develop fundamental movement skills
  • Helping to establish connections between different parts of the brain
  • Improving concentration and thinking skills
  • Improving confidence and self-esteem
  • Relieving stress and promoting relaxation
  • Providing opportunities to develop social skills and make friends
  • Improving sleep.

At Elmhurst, we give the Little Elms multiple opportunities throughout the week to be physically active. In the classroom, we enjoy weekly music and movement sessions and each half term, I try to change the activity to keep the boys' interest and increase their stamina. This year we have used some 'Tumble Tots' techniques as well as a variety of yoga sessions and 'Go Noodle'.

We also have bi-weekly PE lessons with Mr Venier. Mr Venier is our Head of Sport and he teaches the boys basic skills to build a foundation for their future sporting endeavours. Break time also provides an opportunity for the boys to be physically active. Whether climbing in the pirate ship, playing racing games, riding bikes or throwing a ball, being active at several times in the day is so important to help the boys with their focus and attention.

Keeping children fit and healthy is an important topic. Childhood obesity is on the rise at alarming rates. Teachers and parents need to work together to ensure that children in their early years understand that physical activity is good for them, but also very fun. This knowledge and understanding is essential for their future.

Enjoy Sports Day!

- Mrs Skinner

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