The Daily Mile
In assembly this week we had a visitor from Active Life who introduced us to the benefits of The Daily Mile. The Daily Mile is a 'children fit for life' initiative that we are going to get stuck into over the coming year here at Blenheim Primary School.
The '10 Core Principles' are at the heart of the programme:
It takes just 15 minutes with no time spent changing, setting up or tidying up.
The Daily Mile is physical activity in a social setting and must be fun for the children. They can chat to their friends as they run along enjoying the experience together.
It’s always fully inclusive – every child, every day. They should all be out together in the fresh air. Children with mobility difficulties should be supported to take part.
Treat the weather as a benefit, not a barrier. Children enjoy being outside in the different types of weather, connecting with nature and being aware of the seasons.
Ideally, your Daily Mile route should have a firm and mud-free surface – most schools use the playground or an existing path. Incorporating child-pleasing loops and squiggles works well.
Risk assess the route in order to ensure The Daily Mile is a safe activity.
WHEN TO GO
The Daily Mile should happen at least 3 times a week. Ideally, the class teacher should decide when to go out – they know their class and can respond flexibly to their needs.
The children run in their school clothes without changing into kit, putting jackets on if it’s cold or damp and taking sweatshirts off if it’s warm.
The children go at their own pace. Done properly, it’s not a walk – able-bodied children should aim to run or jog for the full 15 minutes with only occasional stops to catch their breath, if necessary.
Keep it simple. It should always be social and fun!