‘Sporty’ Andy Starkie’s PE Blog- updated January 2021

Update 6/01/21

Here is an excellent challenge for everyone (adults and children) to have a go at:

The Active 60 Home Challenge

Active 60 Home Challenge

Also, Brighton and Hove City Councils Sports team have included even more links to excellent websites:

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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

Andy Starkie

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, 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.

Update 6/01/2021

Here is the most up to date list of websites approved by Brighton and Hove City Councils School Games Team:

Please note with some of these resources they will involve equipment – which we know not all children will have at home. So try out ideas like rolling up socks to create a ball for example, empty plastic bottles as skittles, a hard back book as a tennis racket etc…

FREE Resources that parents and carers can access at home

What is it?
Key Stage
BBC Supermovers
A huge range of resources from the BBC to keep children active. Many of the resources also link in with the primary curriculum. For example times table activities which involved you being active.
KS1, KS2

Premier League Stars
Another huge catalogue of resources using football as the tool to motivate, not just about being active but also linking activity with Maths, English and PHSE.
KS1, KS2,KS3 (Year7/8)

Change for Life
Ideas for quick 10 minute activities – themed around Disney. This page will also take you to the whole range of Change for Life resources around healthy living.


There is also a page of inclusive activities as well on the site.




Cosmic Kids Yoga
Stories like Frozen, The Wizard of Oz told through Yoga. Great for all the family.
Youth Sport Trust
Have brought together a selection of active home learning cards for parents to download.

BBC Iplayer
Andy’s Wild Workouts

10 minute fun interactive workout with CBeebies Andy going underwater, through the jungle pretending to be various different animals.

Joe Wicks
The ever popular Joe Wicks is doing a Fitness Session at 9am everyday. He also has lots of 10 minute workouts on his Youtube channel.
Joe Wicks You Tube Channel
Go Noodle
Lots of activity videos online including mindfulness and relaxation activities.


Jump Start Johnny
A huge array of fun fitness videos for primary aged children. Again included relaxation and mindfulness activities.

Nike Active Kids Do Better
In partnership with UK Athletics easy activities with very little equipment the whole family can do at home.
KS2, KS3

LTA – Tennis at Home

LTA have a series of videos for the family to take part in various tennis based activities. You will need tennis equipment for some of these.
KS1, KS2

Davis Sport 60 second Challenge
Easy fun challenges to complete in 60 seconds
KS1, KS2
Yorkshire Sport
PE lessons from PE teachers posted each week for families to do at home.
KS1, KS2


Sportshall Athletics
Take part in your own home pentathlon which is 5 Athletics events – jumping, throwing and running. All resources included and a virtual score card.
KS1, KS2, KS3

Daily Mile at Home
The Daily Mile Team bring you the at Home Daily Mile for you to take part in as a family.
KS1, KS2

The Daily Mile at Home

Social Media / Local content

What is it
Brighton and Hove City Councils Healthy Lifestyles Team

Facebook page & Twitter page
The healthy lifestyle team are posting lots of top tips to keep active, mental health, food etc..




Active Sussex
They have a page of links and ideas to keep active.

Active at Home

Sussex Cricket
They have also set up a series of challenges for you to have ago at.

Streetfunk: Dance Fun & Exercise with JP Omari
Free dance exercise video with streetfunk



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