Daily mile helps Year 1 pupils stay fit to play and fit to learn

This Easter Term, Year 1 pupils at St George’s Junior School, Weybridge have been taking part in a brand new initiative aimed at helping them stay fit to play and fit to learn.

Each child will have the opportunity to complete a daily mile of exercise on the School grounds, giving them a chance to take in some fresh air and enjoy the sights and sounds of the outdoors. The boys and girls will track their performance and make personal targets for improvement, and will walk with different classmates to encourage the building of new relationships.

Friday 15 January saw the children take time out of afternoon lessons and head down to the School field, where they all completed three laps at a brisk pace. There were smiles all round and a visible sense of determination on the faces of the Year 1 pupils, who were all suitably clad in their winter coats and wellies.

St Ninian’s Primary School in Stirling, Scotland has been running the same initiative for the past three years, and have seen significant improvements in children’s sleeping, eating and ability to focus in the classroom as a result. Teachers are confident that the boys and girls at St George’s will be able to reap the same benefits from their daily mile.

17 March 2016

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