Dad dot info
DAD.info form. Ask questions, get answers

School children ‘need fitness tests’

A new report has highlighted the benefits of “Kung Fu punctuation”.

Fitness tests for primary pupils | Image: Pixabay

Staff at Montpelier Primary School in Ealing in west London have been using “engaging” methods to keep children “active” in lessons.

The learning format sees them use abrupt hand movements to signify where an exclamation mark or full stop should go rather than simply raising their hands.

The school’s headteacher has said the measures have led to improvements in pupils’ behaviour.

It comes as a new report suggests that primary schools across the UK should be testing the fitness of pupils in the same way they do with subjects like maths and English.

Campaign group ukactive has said that the country is facing a “ticking time bomb” of health problems as younger people lack the exercise they need.

It found that only half of seven-year-olds meet the guidelines of carrying out 60 minutes a day.

At the moment schools in England aim to provide two hours of PE or sport a week for pupils aged five to 16.

Chair of ukactive and Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has said that is not enough: “We should aim higher and demand more.

“The focus should be on ensuring that children are given all the necessary support possible in order to achieve the 60 minutes of daily activity recommended in the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines.”

The report outlined recommendations for schools such as adopting a “whole day” approach to physical activity by ingraining it into the entire day.

The campaign group is calling for the Government to extend the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP), which is recognised internationally as a world-class source of public health intelligence.

It looks at the weight and height of children in reception class (aged 4 to 5 years) and year 6 (aged 10 to 11 years) – assessing overweight children and obese levels within primary schools.

Report authors believe there are many misconceptions that need addressing, such as a slim child does not automatically mean a healthy child.

A Government spokesman said: “Tackling obesity is a major priority for this Government, which is why as part of our plan for education, we want to continue to encourage children to enjoy sports – both in lessons and after school.”

Medical research shows that children who achieve a healthy weight tend to be fitter, healthier, better able to learn, and more self-confident.

According to MEND, young people are increasingly suffering from serious illnesses and conditions related to obesity.

These can include asthma, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver, gallstones and high blood pressure.

Obesity is responsible for 9,000 premature deaths each year in England, and threatens to reduce life expectancy by an average of nine years.

 

Related entries

Dad.info LIVE: The First Year is Survival

Dad.info LIVE: The First Year is Survival

On Thursday 29th October at 12 Noon  Dad.info will be live on Facebook chatting all things TWINS!   CLICK HERE TO JOIN US LIVE AT 12 NOON Leonie and Josh Huie, Mum and Dad to fraternal twin girls (their twin heartbeats) chat with Ian Soars, CEO of Dad.info...

Warning: UK Parents toying with their children’s safety

Warning: UK Parents toying with their children’s safety

Parents have been warned that children in the UK are at risk of death or serious injury from the sale of unsafe toys through various online marketplaces. Health and safety experts from CE Safety say parents should ensure they are not buying cheap, unsafe or fake toys...

Rule of Six

Rule of Six

New Coronavirus rules mean when seeing friends or family you don’t live with you should meet up in groups of six or less. For now, that means it is illegal for my whole family to meet another family inside or outside. In some ways we are lucky, we are only a family of...

Latest entries

The Best Family Walks in Britain

The Best Family Walks in Britain

We could all do with exercise, fresh air and some lovely low-cost days out, not to mention some beautiful scenery. Charles Clinkard have put together a list of the 40 greatest walks for families in Britain, taking into account a number of helpful amenities such as...

How To Keep Your Child Safe Online

How To Keep Your Child Safe Online

As a parent of a 10 year old who is rapidly approaching the age where he will be getting his own phone, I’m concerned about ensuring he isn’t exposed to a cavalcade of disturbing things online. I’m worrying about bullying, about him being contacted or making friends...

21 Things You Didn’t Know About Japan

21 Things You Didn’t Know About Japan

The Olympics have started! Despite a lack of fans (crowd noise will be piped into the stadiums instead) the event is still as important as ever and makes for great summer viewing. So at Dad.Info we have rounded up 21 interesting facts about Japan to both liberally...

Pin It on Pinterest