Supporting young people to be active
Updated 5 May 2021
With restrictions continuing to ease, opportunities for young people to be active may be increasing where you are. However if you would still like support to help children, young people and families get active at home or in their local area, there are links to a number of resources below.
Further to the government announcement on 22 February. There will be a gradual easing of restrictions.
There are four steps to easing out of restrictions and we'll keep this page up to date as and when we receive new information. We moved into Step Two on April 12, which included the reopening of indoor leisure.
Wraparound care, including sport, for all children and organised outdoor sport had previously been reintroduced.
Sport England has produced a useful FAQ guide which provides more detail on this.
Currently the further steps (and dates) are planned as below:
Step 3 - includes the increase on outdoor social contact from six to 30 from no earlier than May 17.
Step 4 - no earlier than June 21.
Notts School Games
The Notts School Games Organiser Network and Active Notts worked together to create and publish a weekly programme of activities to help keep children and young people whilst at home or school during April to July 2020.
Although the series is not currently being updated, the activities are still available to use.
Each pack contains a schedule of suggested activity challenges for the week and daily activity cards. You do not have to do them in the suggested order or in fact do them all, if you really enjoy one day there is nothing stopping you doing that activity every day! These are purely suggestions. Please make sure that all activities are carried out in a safe manner.
We are still welcoming feedback on the resources, and this can be sent to nottsschoolgames@Activenotts.org.uk
Children and young people should engage in moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity for an average of at least 60 minutes per day across the week. These resources give ideas on how to be physically active with a different sport theme for 30 minutes each day.
Ideas on how to achieve the remaining 30 minutes can be found below.
Weekly activity packs
Supporting young people be active through the School Games during the first national lockdown
An animation, which looks back at how the School Games resources above were produced, can be found by clicking the link below.
The animation includes learning about collaborative working and insight into what helped to motivate young people and make them feel more comfortable and confident to take part in physical activity.
A booklet which aims to showcase best practice examples of how schools and families utilised the School Games resources above can also be found by clicking on the following link.
Time for Wellbeing
ChalleNGe Nottingham has worked with partners, including Active Notts, to create two digital 'Time for Wellbeing' calendars with a short 2-3min video for each day of the month, with activities based on the 5 Ways to Wellbeing; Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.
There is a Primary calendar and Secondary calendar. The Primary calendar also has family activities to try at home at the weekends; or teachers may like to use this additional content in school. There are also teacher guides to accompany the calendars.
For full details and to download the calendars go to https://challengenottingham.co.uk/time-for-wellbeing
The resources were created by Nottingham partners so have a few specific references to things in Nottingham, but much of the content is not area specific and includes ideas for being active at home.
Youth Sport Trust
The Youth Sport Trust has launched a new Active Recovery hub to provide schools, local authorities, and families with easy access to free resources to get children moving before, during and after the school day.
It also has a variety of free activities available on its website, suitable for use in school or for home learning, which can be found at www.youthsporttrust.org/free-resources
There are also free digital resources Active in Mind to support young people's mental health and wellbeing during this time, and prepare them for their return to school.
Throughout the pandemic the Youth Sport Trust has also made some of its Healthy Movers resource cards free to download. Designed to support two to five-year-olds' physical literacy, self-esteem and wellbeing, it also hosted Healthy Movers At Home sessions on YouTube.
The Youth Sport Trust also created a week of free, virtual CPD sessions for teachers and senior leaders, which took place from February 22 to 25.
- Using PE Premium funding to support young people now and for recovery
- Strategies for staff and pupils for coping through lockdown
Details from the sessions can be found here.
A second week of CPD, Recovery and Inspiration, will take place from 17-21 May 2021.
Living Streets has put together a number of colourful and educational walking activities to support children in learning while staying active.
The walking activities are designed for primary school-aged children, with different activities for ages 4 to 7 and 8 to 11, and ideas for indoor challenges too.
WheelPower have released a series of new workout videos for young disabled people during lockdown.
There are separate classes for both primary and secondary aged children, but they can also be enjoyed by the whole family together, or as a class at school. Read more
Travel to Tokyo
To celebrate the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2021, Team GB and ParalympicsGB are inviting schools and families to get active with their virtual Travel to Tokyo challenge, a free programme for children aged 5 to 11 and their families.
A number of home learning resources are also available at www.getset.co.uk/resources
More ideas to keep active at home
Other free resources to help children, young people and the whole family active include:
Notts School Games Organiser Network
To find out more about your local School Games Organiser, and for more ideas on how to keep active, click on the links below.
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