‘The Daily Mile’ is an initiative schools have adopted towards the government recommendation of 60 minutes of exercise each day! It’s simple, fun, inclusive, non competitive and suitable in all weather!
It aims to make children fitter, healthier, happier and to have a positive impact on behaviour, mental health and concentration levels.
It’s not complicated! Staff and pupils will participate daily in their school clothes and shoes for 15 minutes by walking, jogging or running round the playground surrounded by friends of all fitness abilities.
In 2020, we took part in The Daily Mile Destinations which promoted school based physical activity whilst travelling the world to reach 15 destinations!
The Daily Mile - An Integral Component in our Recovery Curriculum!
A promotional campaign by My School Games!
70% of primary schools in Bury are now signed up to the Daily Mile website.
The Daily Mile in the Covid-19 Recovery
As more children return to school after such a long time away, it’s really important that they are outdoors together, being physically active and improving their health and wellbeing.
It’s clear that, while most children will be happy to return to school and eager to see their friends and teachers again, many will be returning with poorer physical and mental health.
The Daily Mile can help schools to rebuild children’s fitness and improve their emotional and mental health – all outdoors in the fresh air. It costs nothing and there is no extra workload for staff. Children and their teachers can both enjoy being outside together, taking a break from the classroom before learning resumes.
For more information visit https://thedailymile.co.uk
Guardian Angels' primary school, in Bury, have been an advocate of the Daily Mile for some time, see the importance of this scheme to their school below:
- We have always been a huge advocate for sport and see first-hand the benefits of exercise on developing the whole child.
- It currently feels more important than ever in the current climate, to focus on the fitness and wellbeing of all our school family. The serotonin release we see following the Daily Mile is very apparent and I think most of us would benefit from a rush of the 'happy hormone' right now!
- When life changed in March, we remained open throughout the pandemic, offering provision for our front-line families. During this time, the Daily Mile was our constant and we believe both our children and staff thrived from having this routine in place; being able to come together for movement and fitness in our daily schedule (albeit distanced) in a time when we were to be apart and indoors.
- We were also able to continue to promote this movement for our remote learners who engaged with us, feeding back with videos and photos of their own fitness journey! We were proudly awarded a ‘School Games’ award for keeping our pupils active, in a virtual way.
- A new school year brings new rules and new bubbles but our Daily Mile remains our constant.
- Now more than ever, we firmly believe that health and fitness has a paramount role in our ‘recovery curriculum’ and in supporting the mental health of our whole school community.
- It brings a sense of personal achievement, through challenge, which is inclusive of all ability levels.
- But for most, it’s just a time to celebrate coming together and connecting with friends, which we have all missed so much.