Welcome to my blog.
On the blog, I will be posting links to some excellent active websites out there, and also asking for your suggestions and comments.
Over the next few weeks I will also be recording videos of me showing you exercises and skills challenges that you can do with everyone at home.
My first recommendation would be Go Noodle. This is an American website that we use a lot in school to get children moving. Some of the children also have it at home and they definitely seem to enjoy it. It’s a great mix of workouts, brain gym, yoga, Zumba, dance, sing-along, mindfulness, and much more.
If you go on the website, open the drop down menu and you can sign up for free to their “Good Energy” scheme, which has been specially set up for children to use at home. You can keep a track of how busy you’ve been.
On the main site, once you’ve signed up, the “Channels” we use a lot include KooKooKangaroo, Moose Tube, GoWith The Pro, Brainercise, Awesome Sauce and the Champiverse. Blazer Fresh is also good for some De La Soul stle raps. Also, if you click on the tab that says “Categories,” “School Life”, then “Indoor Recess”, there are 10-15 minute compilations that are ideal to follow. It’s a great thing to put on if space is limited and you can’t go outside.
Secondly, the BBC and the football Premier league have got together to produce Supermovers.
It’s divided into KS1 (Infants) and KS2 (Juniors). What’s great is that they combine learning from across the curriculum with being active- for example, a 9 times table workout led by PL mascots, or a song about algebra by Karim from Strictly. Besides English and Maths, there are items on Science, French and much more.
Incidentally, if your child loves football, you may also find Premier League related learning and downloadable content at Premier League Primary Stars
If your child has bags of energy, and the adults in the house are missing the gym, then Joe Wicks the Body Coach is doing daily 30 minute PE lessons aimed at children called PE with Joe (but which I found to be just as good for grown-ups). Just go to his YouTube channel
I think half an hour or so depending on age would be a good thing for most children- try mixing it up, so maybe goNoodle 2-3 times a week, Joe Wicks every other day for lots of exercise, plus a bit of Supermovers to make learning the basics a bit more fun and active.
UPDATE: 01/04/2020 Another excellent website to use at home is imoves, an all-round PE site that shows you how to do particular skills but also has a good range of cross-curricular resources. It’s currently free, and Richard and I really think it’s worth a look.
Let me know how you get on, plus any other top tips: are any of our fantastic gymnasts doing some routines at home, has anyone set a new keepy uppy record with a football or table tennis stuff, has anyone learned some new skipping, futsal, or basketball tricks, is anyone playing against somebody else online?
All the best
Update: 20/04/2020 I’ve just put two more of my own challenges on Vimeo- indoor jumps. Open the link and have a go! Sporty Andy’s Indoor Jumps Challenge
Update: 27/04/20 A brand new sporting challenge has been set up by Active Sussex:
Sussex Virtual School Games!
It would be great to get as many schools, parents and carers signing up to take part in this brilliant competition, representing the schools in the city and Brighton and Hove.
At 9.15am on Monday 27 April, the ‘Virtual’ Opening Ceremony will take place on social media for the Specsavers ‘Virtual’ Sussex School Games, kicking off a term of sporting challenges giving children across Sussex the chance to represent their schools alongside their friends and classmates, and compete to be Sussex champions.
How Does It Work?
Every week throughout the summer term, a different sport will take place, made up of four personal sporting challenges which can be completed from home; in the living room, kitchen or garden, or at school.
Scores for each challenge will be submitted online, and will contribute towards the school’s average score, so it doesn’t matter whether you are a big school or small school.
Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the best scoring schools in each sport, with separate Primary and Secondary competitions. There will also be an Active Adults category with trophies up for grabs, so parents, teachers and carers can get involved and represent the school too.
As well as medals in individual sports, overall leaderboards will be kept, and overall Sussex Champions crowned at the end of the summer term.
A new sport, and its four challenges, will be published at 9.30am on a Monday morning, on www.sussexschoolgames.co.uk, on social media, and sent directly to those signed up to the mailing list. Anybody can take part, and whilst there is no ‘official’ sign-up required, we would encourage you to sign-up to the mailing list to get updates, challenges and results sent to you directly, and also to follow on social media to help spread the word.
Participants have until midday on Friday to submit their scores, and leaderboards will be published later that day.