On Monday 27th January 2020, all Ambergate Lower School pupils took to the school field track to begin their 15 minutes of exercise known as ‘The Daily Mile’. All pupils thoroughly enjoyed their first experience of The Daily Mile and are already planning on improving their total amount of laps.
The Daily Mile is an initiative which was started in February 2012 by Elaine Wyllie, who was then headteacher of a large Scottish primary school. She was concerned by the children’s lack of fitness and went on to prove The Daily Mile to be both sustainable and effective in combatting inactivity and obesity in her school. The result was that in November 2015, the Scottish Government wrote to every Scottish primary school to recommend that they implement the scheme too. In addition, in August 2016 the UK Government’s Childhood Obesity strategy identified and supported The Daily Mile’s contribution towards the recommended hour that children should spend taking daily exercise in school.
The Daily Mile is very simple to start in a school. Every child in a school or nursery, goes out each day in the fresh air to run or jog at their own pace for 15 minutes. It is not competitive though some will compete and that is fine. Most children will average a mile in the 15 minutes, with some doing more and some doing less. It is not PE, sport or cross-country but physical activity in a social setting which is aimed at improving the children’s physical, social, emotional and mental health, and wellbeing. The children run in their ordinary school clothes with trainers being ideal but not essential. It can help children to focus and concentrate in the classroom and raise their attainment. Most importantly, the children really enjoy it!
Since 2015, The Daily Mile has been adopted by almost 3,000 schools in the UK alone, proving extraordinarily popular with thousands of children, parents and teachers.
GANF aims to ensure its health and wellbeing benefits are available for everyone. As a school we are excited about this new initiative and we are looking forward to the benefits it will bring to the pupils.
To find out more about how it all works please visit: www.thedailymile.co.uk.
The staff and pupils at Sandon School also participate in the Daily Mile. Pupils take part in ways that suit their needs and abilities. For them, the Daily Mile involves daily exercise sessions. These include Sensory Circuits, Tai Chi, Rebound Therapy, following physio plans and movement sessions. Some of the classes run around the playground to keep them active and get them ready for the day!
To watch a video of The Daily Mile at Sandon School please follow the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0gS7nvORlo&safe=active