Thousands of pupils take part in Stand Up Notts

Posted: Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:13

Thousands of pupils take part in Stand Up Notts

Schools across Nottinghamshire and Nottingham took part in Stand Up Notts on Friday 25th September.

As part of the day each school pledged that every child would be as active as possible, and pupils also learnt more about the benefits of being active.

A range of schools of varying sizes took part, from both urban and rural parts of Notts. Almost 60% of schools that engaged on the day classed themselves as starting or working towards being an active school rather than being an active school. It is hoped that the day provided them with the inspiration and support to carry on their journey to become an active school.

Many of the ways that pupils got active were shared on social media throughout the day, using the hashtag #SUN20, and included creating their own HIIT sessions, taking part in Zumba, Go Noodle and yoga, active foreign language lessons, active phonics, stringy maths, and mindfulness walks.

Organised by Active Notts and the School Games Organiser network in Notts, all primary schools in Nottinghamshire and Nottingham were invited to take part.

Schools were sent a toolkit from their School Games Organiser with ideas on how to incorporate bursts of physical activity throughout the school day, with themes such as active travel, active numeracy, active storytelling, health and wellbeing.

As part of the day pupils were asked to share what they enjoy about being active, and how they pledge to be active in the future. Pledges included being walking and cycling more, stretching and running regularly.

Schools were able to register online for a free healthy schools' poster, and were also asked for their feedback about the day and the best part about it. Comments included:

"Raising the profile of physical activity and encouraging staff to continue to embed it as part of our school day."

"Providing all children with a chance to get active in environments that they don't usually tend to."

"Children right across the school being active and engaged. This helped up launch movement breaks within our school day."

"It was nice to see lots of lessons being converted into becoming active."

"The kids loved it!"

Naomi Bennett-Jones, young people lead for Active Notts, said: "By taking part in Stand Up Notts, schools were asked to focus on making sure all pupils were as physically active as they could be during the school day. We also asked schools to embrace an active school ethos beyond 25th September, if not already embedded, to improve the physical, emotional and social wellbeing of young people.

"We want physical activity to be prominent in every school's policy and vision and, working in partnership with the School Games Organiser network, schools received a toolkit designed to give primary school practitioners some simple ideas on how to include bursts of physical activity in the school day in addition to opportunities provided through curriculum PE, active breaks and lunchtimes and before and after school clubs. Also included were some links to free online resources and national partners who could provide ideas and support and continuous professional development.

"This is part of our commitment to support schools to prioritise opportunities for children to access at least 30 minutes in school of the recommended 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a day across the week."

For more information about Stand Up Notts, and to access the available resources, go to

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