Incorporate PE into classroom learning

The Fit and Healthy Childhood all-party parliamentary group has demanded a comprehensive review of the role that physical activity takes in the fight against obesity. Its report, published 16th October 2017, is intended as a blueprint for the form that physical activity takes during early years and primary schooling.
The new report on children’s health and wellbeing also calls for physical skills to be taken into account when examining children’s school readiness

The national curriculum should incorporate physical activity into traditional classroom learning, with Ofsted challenging ineffective delivery, MPs have been told.

Physical activity boost

The group calls for sedentary and screen-based activities to be limited and recommends activities that involve standing up and moving around the classroom.

It also suggests that there could be move movement between indoor and outdoor space during lessons.

Baroness Floella Benjamin, co-chair of the group, said that the report, “Physical Activity in Early Childhood”, was “timely reading in the wake of a government childhood obesity strategy that has been widely criticised for a disappointing lack of resolve and ambition”.

Among the report’s recommendations are the following:

  • A national-curriculum framework that endorses outdoor play and learning, with Ofsted challenging its ineffective delivery.
  • The national curriculum should include examples of how physical activity can be included in the classroom, as part of traditional learning.
  • The curriculum should also endorse outdoor play and active learning, with Ofsted challenging ineffective delivery.
  • The Department for Education to review the PE requirements of the key stage 1 curriculum.
  • Create national quality guidelines for early-years physical development and physical activity. Review Ofsted inspection requirements for this stage.
  • Provide an overall health and wellbeing assessment for children starting school.

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