The Daily Mile is a regular part of our day – no fuss is made about it, children don’t change into P.E. kit (although some choose to change their school shoes for trainers) and no-one is pushed to do more than they feel comfortable with. Distances are not measured, and there is nothing competitive about it – except that we do find most children are quite keen to keep their own count of laps and to try to increase their capability.
Is it working? Well, one parent commented after the first couple of weeks that her child had ‘shrunk’ by two belt holes on his trousers – and that was only one of several positive outcomes! Most importantly, the children look forward to doing their Daily Mile, get a great deal of satisfaction from it, and return to the classroom focussed and keen to continue their learning.
Evidence suggests that what children do habitually by the age of 11 they will do for life; who knows what long-term effects increased exercise might have for them but evidence suggests it will all be good!