Home exercises 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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The British Heart Foundation's Christmas Elf Kick
Here at Active Suffolk, we know there has never been a more important time for children to focus on their health and wellbeing. 2020 has been a very difficult year for teachers and pupils, so the British Heart Foundation have created a new initiative that encourages children to get 'fitter and elfier' this Christmas and have some festive fun in a completely Covid friendly way.
The BHF Christmas Elf Kick is a series of 12 fitness and wellbeing challenges that your pupils can take part in, during December. The exercises are all Christmas themed, suitable for social distancing and last no longer than 10 minutes each. They have been designed so staff can fit them into any point of the school day. No equipment is required for any of the challenges, just yours-elves!
If you'd like to take part, please contact Jennifer Townsend at firstname.lastname@example.org who can provide full details.
Youth Sport Trust' - FREE online 'After School Sport Club'
In response to the second lockdown measures, the Youth Sport Trust have created a new and free online 'After School Sport Club' to keep kids active during this time. Similar to Joe Wicks, the 30-minute club will take place at 5pm each weekday and will be led by different members of YST's athlete mentor network. Aimed mainly at primary-aged children, a different theme has been assigned for each day of the club – Adventure Monday, Tuesday Play, Wild Wednesday, Thinking Thursday and Fun Friday!
The after school club will run for five weeks until Friday 18th December.
Children and young people can take part live by visiting the YST YouTube channel
P.E with Joe Wicks
Joe Wicks, otherwise known as the Body Coach delivered daily P.E. lessons every week day morning during the lockdown.
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.
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 during the summer holidays.
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 - imoves is offering FREE, UNLIMITED ACCESS to all ALL their multi-award winning resources for primary schools for the duration of the pandemic. So 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. No codes, no tie-in, no payment details required. Find out more HERE.
Parents and carers - the imovement is a free resource to get primary-aged children active at home. No payment, no tie and it will always be free. You will find movies, music and much, much more to help your children learn actively! Resources change every day so there's always something new to try. To access, click HERE.
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.
Ipswich Town Football Club
Ipswich Town FC & their Community Trust have produced Blues-based activities for children who are away from school at the moment. Activities include ITFC-themed literacy and numeracy as well as 'PE from home'. 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
Change 4 Life: 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.
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 provied by local instructors and national organisations check out www.keepmovingsuffolk.com
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!
Create & Dance
The Create & Dance programme, delivered by the Royal Opera House, have launched a 'Create and Learn' Home learning series with ideas on staying active through dancing, singing and art.
For more information click here.
Kooth provides young people (from 11 years) in Suffolk with safe and secure access to support with their emotional health and wellbeing needs from a professional team of qualified counsellors. Young people can drop in for one-to-one instant text-based chats or book a session in advance. Kooth also offers access to moderated online forums, opportunities to read and contribute to self-help articles and access to tools such as journals and goal trackers.
Due to coronavirus, the two Suffolk NHS clinical commissioning groups and Public Health Suffolk have decided to make Kooth available to more young people, by extending it to all young adults up to the age of 25 years old.
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: