After a successful trial in Year 4 last term, we have launched the Daily Mile with all our Key Stage Two pupils this year.
The aim of the Daily Mile is to improve the physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing of our children – regardless of age, ability or personal circumstances.
The idea is that the children run 1 mile with their classmates every day in 15 minutes. The children can walk, jog or run. There is no competition, the idea is simply for the children to feel fitter and well.
The Daily Mile has numerous benefits for children (from thedailymile.co.uk):
Within 4 weeks, children who do The Daily Mile become fit.
The 15 minute break from lessons is invigorating and leaves children more focused and ready to learn.
The time spent outside, in almost all weathers, helps children become better engaged with the outdoors and aware of nature and the seasons.
The Daily Mile is non-competitive, fully inclusive, and the children have fun!
The Daily Mile is also a social occasion, and improves relationships, giving children the opportunity to talk to their peers and teachers in a way they might not in the classroom.
The Daily Mile builds teamwork and leadership skills, with children helping and encouraging their peers.
Children bring the benefits home, eating and sleeping better and encouraging their families to get active together.
The Daily Mile builds self-esteem and confidence, improving children’s perception of exercise for life, and enabling them to take responsibility for their own health.
The Daily Mile is critical to reducing childhood inactivity and obesity. Children are getting fatter, younger, and we need to stop this in its tracks.