Interesting Link: UKEdChat & Playpods

It’s Friday again! Every week we’ll share a few stories, articles, or resources that have caught our attention recently. Here’s this week’s crop:

UKEdChat: We recently came across an interesting article from UKEdChat which discusses the link between academic performance and physical activity. In my experience I have found that when teaching classes in the afternoon or at a after school club, the children can be more challenging and lively if they have had a ‘wet break’ at lunch time and have not been able to get outside for some fresh air and to burn off some energy. A wake up shake up activity can help here to get the children moving and ready to learn, this type of activity can also go towards the children’s 60 minutes of recommended activity each day.

Sticking with the lunch time theme:

Playpods: I have seen playpods in action at a school in Birmingham, this is a slightly different take on playground activity with less instruction and more chance for creative play. Children are able to engage with the materials on offer and use their imagination and creativity to play together. I like the idea of children being creative at lunch time and thinking of new and exciting games, it reminds me of playing as a child and not having any specific equipment but being able to entertain ourselves in play for hours.

We hope you find these links enjoyable and informative as you head into the weekend. Enjoy your days off—and if you haven’t already sorted your PE lesson plans, we can help with that.

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