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schoolgroundsYour big play experiment! Getting organised In the Having fun, getting ﬁt! Groundnotes (May 2009), we have suggested ﬁve different types of activity for the children to try on each day of the week – a running, skipping, playground marking and ball game, plus an activity of the children’s own choice (for inspiration see www.playgroundfun.org.uk). You can involve a single class, year group or the whole school – the choice is yours. Whichever you choose, encourage the children to keep a record of which activities they like – and which they don’t – using the photocopiable chart (over page). Not only is this designed to help get children thinking about what motivates them, and making the link between activity and health, but it will also help you gain useful insight into planning physicalWelcome to LTL’s ninth National School What’s it all about? activity within your school (for help inGrounds Week (NSGW). Every year using and /or adapting the chart, see thearound 8,000 schools and early years We believe that if you want to bring about last page).settings get involved and for many it is a behavioural change, then children need to Older children may be able to run theregular event in the school calendar. be inspired by games that not only increase experiment themselves, or responsibilities If this is the ﬁrst time you are taking part, activity levels but are genuinely fun and can be handed out for individual tasks,we’re especially pleased to have you on they’d love to play again and again – even such as organising each of the differentboard. The fact that you are reading this is without your supervision! activities or scoring.an indication of your interest in the value So what activities do children reallyof outdoor learning and play and we hope enjoy? The big play experiment! is designedthat you’ll be inspired to join the growing to help you ﬁnd out, with an inspiringband of like-minded people who are range of activities on offer that will getturning their support into positive action. children on the move every day of National By getting involved you’ll not only School Grounds Week. In addition, ourbe beneﬁting your pupils, you’ll also be photocopiable chart (over page) offersinspiring the wider school community and children the opportunity to assess howhelping to bring about long-term change much they enjoyed each activity and alsoin children’s health and wellbeing. get them thinking about the relationship This year we have taken ‘getting active’ between activity and health.as our theme to link in with the high proﬁlepublic health campaign Change4Life.Although this is an England-only campaign(visit www.nhs.uk/change4life)separate campaigns – Take Life On, OneStep at a Time in Scotland, and HealthChallenge Wales – are seeking the sameoutcomes: to bring about behaviouralchange and get every child active for atleast 60 minutes a day. And ﬁnally . . . The government’s health adviser, We’d love to know which of the activitiesNICE, states that ‘the recommended 60 you tried in The big play experiment!minutes may be achieved through several worked best for your children so that weshort bursts of activity of 10 minutes or can collate a national picture of whatmore’. This means that helping children to really gets children motivated and on theget active at playtimes can make a major move. Let us know by logging on atcontribution to ensuring they take their www.ltl.org.uk/nsgw.recommended daily exercise.
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On a scale of one On a scale of oneto 10, how much to 10, how ﬁt do Totaldid you enjoy this you think it might score Rankingactivity? make you?
Using and adapting the chartEach activity should be scored in twoways. Firstly, on a scale of one to 10, howﬁt do the children think it might makethem? And secondly, on a scale of one to10, how much did they enjoy the activity?One is low, and 10 is high. When answering the question ‘howﬁt do you think it might make you?’, inorder to encourage children to think aboutactivity levels and the connection with theirhealth, they could devise their own scoringcriteria. For example, they could taketheir breathing/pulse rate before and afterthe activity – and see how long it takes to Home linksreturn to normal (the quicker this happens, Help encourage behavioural changes atthe ﬁtter they are) and/or how hot and home as well as in the playground by:sweaty they are! ● putting this poster up on the wall When answering the question ‘How where parents will be able to see itmuch did you enjoy this activity?’ children ● inviting parents in to help withcould again be asked to devise their own running The big play experiment!scoring criteria. For example, how likely isit that they would play it again? How good ● encouraging siblings to teach theirdo they think they were at it? younger brothers and sisters new Depending upon maths skills, the total activities they try out during NSGWscore could be arrived at by either adding ● displaying the results of The big playor multiplying the separate scores for experiment! at the entrance to youractivity level and enjoyment. Either way, school so parents can see what theirtotal scores should then be ordered to give children love to do too.a ranking to ﬁnd the best activity in thechildren’s opinion for motivating them toget more active at playtimes.About us settings can beneﬁt from our unrivalled Further information experience through the membershipLearning through Landscapes (known in schemes Schoolgrounds-UK and Early Years You can download a list of usefulScotland as Grounds for Learning) helps Outdoors. Members receive six mailings organisations from www.ltl.org.uk/schools and early years settings make the a year full of information and inspiration, nsgw.most of their outdoor spaces for play illustrated with real images and examples,and learning. We believe all children demonstrating good practice and sharinghave the right to enjoy and beneﬁt from the learning from members nationally andwell-designed, well-managed and internationally. Back issues are availablewell-used school grounds. from the member-only section of our Since our launch in 1990, LTL has website, which also includes a searchableworked directly with over 10,000 schools library of resources and our unique onlineand settings, raised over £21 million for Directory of School Grounds Professionals.ground improvements and contributed Members also receive discounts on trainingsubstantially to school grounds research events, conferences and LTL publications.and to new legislation and good practice. Find out more at www.ltl.org.uk or by Individual schools and early years calling 01962 845811. © This resource was originally created as part of the Schoolgrounds-UK membership scheme from the national school grounds charity Learning through Landscapes operating in Scotland as Grounds for Learning (registered charity no. in England and Wales 803270 and in Scotland SCO38890). To ﬁnd out more about membership call 01962 845811 or visit www.ltl.org.uk