Home exercises and activities for children & families
In this section, you will find a number of fun ways in which you and your children can remain active from home. If you and your children are taking part in any of the activities listed, we would love to hear how you are getting on!
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Youth Sport Trust After School Sport Club
The Youth Sport Trust are offering a free online 'After School Sport Club' to help all young people feel part of a club while many schools are shut and youth sport is on hold. Focusing on much more than physical fitness, the club will help children develop physical literacy and the confidence to try new sports.
The free to access After School Sport Club will run on a Tuesday & Thursday at 5pm between January and March 2021. Each week there will be a different focus, with Tuesdays introducing the basic theme and Thursdays involving a sport-specific session. For more information and how to access click HERE or head straight to the YST YouTube channel to view current and past videos of the club.
P.E with Joe Wicks
Joe Wicks, otherwise known as the Body Coach delivered daily P.E. lessons every week day morning at the start of the pandemic and first lockdown in March 2020.
Starting Monday 11th January 2021, PE with Joe is back during school closures and lockdown. Joe will be delivering 3 live sessions per weeks: Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 9am on his YouTube channel - The Body Coach TV
His aim was to get as many children as possible across the country moving, having fun, connecting and interacting through fitness. If you missed out before, don't worry...You can catch up on any of his workouts by following them via his YouTube channel. Subscribe and tune in on YouTube by clicking HERE.
Ipswich Town Football Club
Keep fit this lockdown with Bluey! The club has launched an exercise-based series, 'P.E with Bluey' which aims to keep children active whilst schools are closed. The first episode will be premiered live on the Club's YouTube channel and Facebook page on Tuesday 12th January at 9:30am.
The club is aiming to run a P.E with Bluey episode at least once a week so keep an eye on the links above so you don't miss out!!
Get Set 4 P.E
Get Set 4 PE have a number of online resources for teachers, children and their families to be used either in or out of school. To find out more, simply follow @GetSet4PE on Twitter by clicking HERE.
Take a look at their Active Families section to find lots of fun and exciting activities that the whole family can do, to keep active together.
Cosmic Kids Yoga
Cosmic Kids Yoga is full of Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation exercises designed specially for children aged 3+. It's used in schools and homes all over the world and aims to provide 'healthy screentime' for children to support their mental wellbeing. To access themed Yoga lessons, mindfulness activities & relaxation sessions, access their YouTube channel today!
Schools & teachers - If you're looking to get the children active in lessons; deliver PE; or support their mental wellbeing at this difficult time then imoves has it all. Digital resources that can be used in school and at home are available. To access some of the resources for free as a starting point and for more information click HERE.
Parents and carers - follow @imovesactive on Twitter by clicking HERE to keep up to date with free activity resources that may be useful for children and young people that are home learning.
Go Noodle provide movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home and everywhere kids are! Find out how to access the videos HERE.
Teach Active are inviting all Primary Schools to sign up to their FREE trial account HERE - with over 50 Active Maths and English games mapped to the National Curriculum, covering Foundation to Year 6.
Parents/carers can also access a FREE homework resource to support children learning from home with access to 250+ resources covering all aspects of the curriculum, find out more HERE.
Disney Dance Alongs
Disney Dance Alongs - This Girl Can & Disney have teamed up to create dance routines that all the family can do to get active together. Click HERE to discover more!!
Les Mills On Demand
LesMills on Demand have created a selection of Born To Move home workouts that you and the children can follow from home, for FREE. Click HERE to access.
Change 4 Life
10 Minute Disney Shake Up's - Change4Life and Disney have teamed up to bring you Shake Up games inspired by Disney and Pixar's Toy Story 4 and Incredibles 2, and Disney's The Lion King and Frozen. These 10-minute bursts of fun will really get your kids moving and count towards the 60 active minutes they need every day! CLICK HERE TO ACCESS
Accessible Activity Guide
Change4Life has a great guide on adapting activities for disabled children and young people. There are lots of ways to keep disabled children active - start off by choosing activities your child is interested in and adapt them. View Change4Life accessible activities here.
Our Healthy Year
Keep Reception and Year 6 pupils healthy this year and have fun with Change4Life Our Healthy Year activities!
The Our Healthy Year toolkits are designed to build healthy habits in children during the school years in which they are weighed and measured.
Developed with educational experts, the activities are flexible and easy to use to help teachers build fun, healthy curriculum-linked activity into their existing lessons and everyday routines.
To find out more about Our Healthy Year search Change4Life/schools online or visit the website.
Club Wembley Kids Activity Pack
An activity book with a collection of quizzes, games, stats and facts for young football fans! Click HERE to download yours!
Keep Moving Suffolk
At Active Suffok we are proud be backing the Keep Moving Suffolk campaign, bringing Sport Enland's #StayInWorkOut message to you.
The aim of these messages is to encourage everyone to share what they are doing to remain active whilst at home. We are continuing to share what our team are up to as part of this campaign and we would love to see what you have been doing to move more whilst at home. Share your photos and videos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, tag Active Suffolk and use the hashtags #KeepMovingSuffolk and #StayInWorkOut
For more free physical activity options provided by local instructors and national organisations check out www.keepmovingsuffolk.com
Keep Moving Suffolk have recently developed a Home Schooling resource to support parents during this period of school closures. Check it out here.
'Dance with Millie'
Join local professional dancer and personal trainer, Millie Mayhew for a series of free weekly dance sessions to help children keep active during lockdown.
'Dance with Millie' sessions will be available every Wednesday for 6 weeks, starting on Wednesday 27th January 2021, on the Keep Moving Suffolk website.
Click HERE to view the on demand sessions.
Yorkshire Sport Foundation have brought together teachers from across the country to provide activities and games you can replicate at home, using things you can find around the house. They have fun at the heart of them all, so not only will it keep the kids entertained, but it will continue their development in crucial areas such as coordination, balance and building strength.
It's endorsed by the Government Department for Education, and is supported by leading national organisations, the Association for Physical Education, and the Youth Sport Trust.
Each video lasts around two minutes, and will introduce an activity, with tips for how to progress it depending on the age and development of your child. Some of the videos have ways you can put what children have learnt into a game, plus ways of how to make that game easier or harder.
You may think that PE is all about star jumps, cross country runs in the cold, or the school football team. Physical education is actually about providing your child with the fundamental skills they need as they develop throughout primary school. And it's fun!
The Able2B@Home concept was developed to deliver adapted exercise classes into your own home.
Currently the classes, run by Jon Thaxton are being offered daily Mon, Wed and Fri at 11am, lasting approximately 30 mins. There is also an adapted relaxation session on Tues and Fri at 6pm.
Sign-up cost is £25 per month per household but you can then access as many classes as you like each week.
For more information and to sign up, click HERE
Travel to Tokyo
Sport England's Families Fund in partnership with the British Olympic & Paralympic associations' Get Set programme have launched the Travel to Tokyo project that was initially aimed to inspire children aged 5-11, and their families, to try new activities together in the run up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic & Paralympic Games, set to run in conjunction with schools.
Travel to Tokyo has been modified to allow young people and their families to get active alongside classmates virtually, and to celebrate their progress online as one school team!
Find out more or sign up as a teacher or family member by simply clicking here.
FREE Family Cycling Sessions
Suffolk County Council's Suffolk Roadsafe team are now delivering sessions for the families who want to cycle more regularly, whether to keep fit, to commute to work or school, or to go and visit friends! The sessions are FREE of charge and delivered by fully qualified National Standard Cyclist Trainers.
Click here for more information and to find out to book.
Gearing up for Activity
A Loughborough University academic has produced a practical video for teachers and trainee teachers focused on helping children and young people to understand the 'one hour a day' physical activity for health recommendation for their age. Suitable for parents to use whilst home schooling too.
Click here to view the video and find out more.
Get Kids Moving
A selection of workouts that put the fun back into fitness and help engage kids. Children can train alongside their favourite superheroes from the comfort of their home. All workouts are available for FREE on YouTube. Click here to try Get Kids Moving.
We know children's activity levels have been impacted by the pandemic and its restrictions but there are lots of resources available to assist families to get active together, or help parents/carers encourage their children to move more. Some of the most accessible ones are:
- Easy ways to be active with children at home
- Investigating walk to school initiatives with Living Streets
- Accessible activities for disabled children
Ability Not Disability
Community Fitness Network have worked with 50 instructors who teach in communities to produce workouts for families, children and adults who have special educational needs and disability. Check out the YouTube Channel to access 211 videos including dance fitness, seated, boxing, yoga, stretch, balance and circuits.
WheelPower video series for young people & parents
WheelPower, the national charity for wheelchair sport, have launched a video series for young people who may be living with a disability. During Lockdown 3.0 they will release 10 new online workouts, aimed specifically at primary and secondary aged disabled children. The videos are designed to assist parents and teachers with the provision of PE during restrictions and provide new and exciting opportunities for disabled children to stay fit and healthy during this challenging period