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Active Learning and Physical Literacy

Newbottle and Charlton's 60 Active Minutes Pledge


To emphasise the importance of physical literacy and encourage regular physical activity among children, the UK government introduced the "60 Minutes a Day" guidelines. These guidelines recommend that children engage in at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. This can include all forms of activity such as ‘PE in school, active travel, after-school activities, play and sports.’

Evidence has shown that for children, this 60+ active minutes is great for both their physical and mental health. It leads to improvements in bone health, cognitive function, muscle fitness, weight status and reductions in levels of depression and anxiety. It helps develop physical literacy and maintain good health.

Physical literacy is a fundamental component of a child's development that goes beyond traditional physical education.  It encompasses a range of skills, knowledge, and attitudes that enable individuals to move with competence and confidence in a variety of physical activities.

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Holistic Development: Physical literacy contributes to the holistic development of children. It promotes physical, cognitive, and emotional growth by enhancing motor skills, spatial awareness, problem-solving abilities, and self-confidence. A physically literate child is more likely to excel in various aspects of life.Lifelong


Health Benefits: Early exposure to physical literacy sets the foundation for a lifetime of physical activity. Children who develop these skills are more likely to lead active and healthy lives, reducing the risk of obesity, chronic diseases, and mental health issues later in life.


Academic Performance: Research has shown a strong link between physical activity and academic achievement. Regular physical activity improves concentration, memory, and problem-solving skills, leading to better academic performance in primary school and beyond.


Social Skills: Physical literacy promotes teamwork, cooperation, and communication skills, which are essential for building positive relationships and contributing to a supportive learning environment in primary schools.


Confidence and Self-Esteem: As children master physical skills, they gain confidence in their abilities, leading to increased self-esteem. This confidence can positively impact their overall well-being and academic success.

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