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This page is filled with tips and ideas for keeping children active and fit during lockdown.  We will keep it updated regularly, so please do check back over the coming weeks to see what has been added.

Give them a go and let us know how you get on by tagging us on social media @wiltssport (we are on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) or by emailing your pictures, videos or stories to alma@wiltssport.org.

Some tips for exercising at home are:

  1. Create a daily routine that includes time to exercise
  2. Change into appropriate clothes and footwear to get in the right frame of mind
  3. Crank up your favourite tunes to get inspired!
  4. Choose an activity that's right for your fitness levels (talk it over with a health professional if you are not sure)
  5. Drink plenty of water

50 things to do before your 11 and 3/4

family walk ii IIf you are looking for some fun and engaging ways to get your children out of the house and into the fresh air, the National Trust have some brilliant ideas.  From stargazing to crawling through mud looking for animal clues, they have something for every young explorer.

There are 50 ultimate activities for you to enjoy, so get out in the fresh air and build a den, make your world spin by rolling down a hill or watch stars glitter in the night sky. You'll be a seasoned adventurer by the time you've managed to try out all 50 activities. And it doesn't end there. You can enjoy doing '50 things' again and again, in all seasons.

To find out more, visit the National Trust website or download the list below:

50 Things

Activity Cards

Family dancingWe have a growing selection of activity cards for you to try out.  This is part of our #KeepYourCommunityMoving campaign and we hope that they will help you to keep active at home.  The activiies included are:

These may help you to keep active with an activity you are used to, but are also a great opportunity to try something new!

You can access all the cards here:

Go to the cards

Activity Videos

Activity Video PicWe have a growing selection of activity videos for you to try out.  This is part of our #KeepYourCommunityMoving campaign and we hope that they will help you to keep active at home.  The activiies included are:

  • Dance fitness
  • Yoga
  • Pure fitness for all (inlcuding fmaily fitness)
  • Football skills
  • Seated exercise

These may help you to keep active with an activity you are used to, but are also a great opportunity to try something new!

You can access all the videos here:

Go to the Videos

Additional Resources

Boys is playgroundPlease see below for a range of other activities to try!  If you have any other suggestions or ideas, please get in touch with us by email.

pdf25 Activity Ideas for Children- all sorts of wonderful ideas to try with your family

pdf30 Day Workout Challenge - with different workouts to try for each day of the month

pdfFun Warm-ups - themed warm-ups based on beans, pasta, Mr Men, traffic lights and animals

pdfSnakes & Ladders - add physical activity to this classic board game!

pdfWake & Shake - quick and fun activities to start your day

pdfOnline Resources - a useful guide with links to a huge range of online fitness resources

Inclusive Activity Sheets - pdfworksheet 1, pdfworksheet 2, pdf worksheet 3, pdfworksheet 4, pdfworksheet 5, pdfworksheet 6, pdfworksheet 7

This video has 3 ideas for games using hoops (and some creative ideas if you don't have any hoops!):

This video introduces 4 Tik Tok challenges - can you do all 4?

bee@home Netball Activities for Under 11's

BeehomeEngland Netball have launched Bee@Home - a selection of great videos specifically designed for kids under the age of 11!

The videos are fun, colourful and easy to follow.  They are suitable for all the family and all skill levels, with a focus is on keeping active and improving physical literacy.

New videos are released each week, but here is a taster for you:

There is even a Bee@Home rainbow trail poster that you can print, colour and display in your window.  You can download it pdfhere.

Daily Mile at Home

family walk iiiInstructions from the UK government are very clear – they are allowing us to take exercise outdoors, as long as we can keep a safe distance from others. Further government guidance on this can be found below. We all need to try to be physically active and The Daily Mile at Home can help almost everyone to do this. We believe that it will be useful for children, parents and carers in helping them to look after their physical and mental health.

The tried and tested Daily Mile guidance for schools has now been adapted it so you can use it at home and enjoy the same benefits. These come from 15 minutes or more of walking, running or jogging in the fresh air – doing it at whatever pace suits you best and wearing what you’ll feel most comfortable in. We’d love to see you doing The Daily Mile, so be sure to post on social media using #DailyMileAtHome

View the challenges online using the link below:

Family Fun Challenges

Family Quiz Walks

family walk insta iiFollowing on from the very successful Beat the Street programmes, our partners have a few quiz trails for you to try if you live in Swindon or Trowbridge. 

These fun trails walk you through your local area looking for clues in the features and buildings around you.  It is a great way to get the whole family out in the fresh air, giving children the opportunity to stay engaged and maybe learn a little on the way.  Click on the area below to open a pdf version of the trail:

pdfSwindon Town centre to outlet

pdfSwindon Old Town

pdftrowbridge

Funetics for 4-11 Year Olds

Football iiiEngland Athletics and funetics have fast forwarded the launch of their new funetics activity videos, originally planned for launch this Autumn. The videos demonstrate parents and children (aged 4-11) taking part in FUN activities based on fundamental core movement skills: running, jumping and throwing.

Funetics is a programme that has been designed to reflect the requirements of the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2.  At this time when our children are currently schooling at home, we hope that these video activities will support the need for education to continue at home.

Below are some sample videos, but you can find plenty more on the Funetics YouTube channel!

Please note: All of these videos were made prior to the outbreak of coronavirus with the aim of enabling multiple parents and children to come together to enjoy fun athletics. As such, to share these videos with you and others, please restrict the activities to your own family (excluding any members who are self-isolating) and within your own garden or home. Do not perform these activities in a public setting at this time.

 

Gymnastics for Primary Schools

Aspire Gymnastics 1 Moment2 editedWelcome to our FREE easy-to-use virtual gymnastics lessons produced by amazing local gymnastics coach Lisa Low (Aspire Gymnastics).  There will be a total of 5 video sessions covering various gymnastic elements, all of which are progressive to allow all abilities to have a go.  Please check back each week to see the new videos.

Each themed virtual PE session is 20-25 long but has enough content for 1-2 PE lessons. Simply watch the demo, then hit pause and give the activity a try.  The activities involve minimal or no specialist equipment so are suitable to be done at home or in school (under the supervision of an adult).

Please remember that with any activity, it is important that you know your limits.  If a skill seems too tricky, take your time and practice the easier steps before progressing on.  The skills in this video are intended to cater for all primary school years, and some of the advanced skills may not be appropriate for younger children.

Gymnastics for Primary Schools

Aspire Gymnastics 1 Moment2 editedWelcome to our FREE easy-to-use virtual gymnastics lessons produced by amazing local gymnastics coach Lisa Low (Aspire Gymnastics).  There will be a total of 5 video sessions covering various gymnastic elements, all of which are progressive to allow all abilities to have a go.  Please check back each week to see the new videos.

Each themed virtual PE session is 20-25 long but has enough content for 1-2 PE lessons. Simply watch the demo, then hit pause and give the activity a try.  The activities involve minimal or no specialist equipment so are suitable to be done at home or in school (under the supervision of an adult).

Please remember that with any activity, it is important that you know your limits.  If a skill seems too tricky, take your time and practice the easier steps before progressing on.  The skills in this video are intended to cater for all primary school years, and some of the advanced skills may not be appropriate for younger children.

Video 1: Shapes

video 2: Balances

video 3: Jumps

video 4: Travelling

video 5: rolling

Kids Cricket Activity Book!

cricket iOur friends over at Wiltshire Cricket have put together a great activity book for kids featuring all things cricket!  There are some maths and English activities too so you can use this as a resource to support a range of home learning.  It includes:

  • Make A Mascot
  • Coloured Clothing
  • Cricket Wordsearch
  • Find The Pairs
  • Become an Umpire
  • Become a Scorer
  • Fielding Phonics
  • A Day at the Cricket
  • Congratulations Ben Stokes
  • Sprinting Sums
  • Calculating Catches
  • Active Assault Course
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, Ball
  • Target Practice
  • Fitness Challenge
  • Edge Challenge
  • Test Match Territories
  • “By the barest of margins...”

You can download the whole booklet pdfhere.  Below is a taster of what is included:

Activity Book March 2020 page 6Activity Book March 2020 page 7Activity Book March 2020 page 12

Kids Tennis Activity Book!

Tennis iiMany thanks to Wiltshire LTA for putting together this fun activity book for kids!  There are all sorts of games, puzzles and challenges to be found, including:

  • Design a Mascot
  • How many tennis balls
  • Colouring in Sheet
  • Spot the difference
  • Puzzle
  • Things I love about tennis!
  • Maze
  • Tennis Wordsearch
  • History of Tennis – which decade?
  • Quiz
  • Grand Slam Tennis Tournaments around the world
  • Name the tennis player
  • Anagrams
  • Cryptic Clue Names
  • Tennis Challenges

You can download the whole booklet pdfhere.  Below is a taster of what is included:

WILTSHIRE TENNIS ACTIVITY BOOK page 13WILTSHIRE TENNIS ACTIVITY BOOK page 3WILTSHIRE TENNIS ACTIVITY BOOK page 15

Panathlon At Home Challenges

Offers for SchoolsPanathlon’s accessible range of multi-skills challenges for pupils with disabilities and special needs can be completed in the classroom or playground, and simultaneously by pupils in their own homes or gardens.

Panathlon has re-launched its multi-skills challenges for students to do in their homes and gardens in order to stay active and engaged during Covid-19 lockdowns and school holidays.

Using everyday household items such as jam jars, rolled-up socks, tin cans, buckets and plant pots, students can hone their skills in a safe environment and ensure they’re in prime form for when our external competitions hopefully return later in 2021.

Click here for home sporting challenges

Click here for your guide to Parallel PE in lockdown

 

PE Remote learning

Kids jumpingOur friends over at Chippenham Sports Partnership (Developing PE and Sport Provision in Chippenham Schools) are adding remote learning resources to their website every week.  They focus on a different sport or activity each week and have lots of fantastic ideas for keeping primary and secondary aged chidlren active and healthy this lockdown.

Find the resources on their website using the link below:

PE Remote Learning

Premiership Rugby Home PE

PREMIERSHIP RUGBYRugby has launched an innovative and engaging platform to help parents with home-schooling.

As households across the country continue home-schooling, Premiership Rugby is launching twice-weekly online lessons to support parents and teachers in keeping children engaged with learning.  Designed and delivered by Premiership Rugby Champions teachers, the live lessons will use rugby to inspire KS2 primary children to learn mathematics and PHSE. Themed Tackling Numeracy and Tackling Health.

Wayne Morris, Premiership Rugby Community and CSR Director:

“We understand the pressure on parents to keep children engaged in learning during this latest lockdown, and we want to help – which is why we are launching these online lessons. Home-schooling can be a struggle and we hope that these new online lessons will help parents engage, educate and entertain their children whilst at home...."

Based around sport, the lessons are designed to bring learning to life in a short, fun and interactive way, engaging primary school-age children in both numeracy and health and well-being during this current school term. With the decline in physical activity levels as well as learning in core subjects amongst young children being widely reported, lessons are designed to hopefully help reduce the impact further by making learning engaging and fun for both parents and children alike.

Premiership Rugby Champions Learn with Us lessons will be streamed live, every Wednesday and Friday at 10am, continuing on Wednesday 27 January. These can be seen live or on demand at:

https://www.youtube.com/user/PremiershipRugby

 Here is a sample video:

Resources for PE at Home

Family dancingThe government has published a list of recommended resources for teaching PE to your kids whil they are learning from home. 

These resources will help young people to get the daily 60 minutes of activity recommended by the UK Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in fun ways.  All the resources listed are for activities designed to be carried out indoors or, if available, a garden.

Children and young people can go outside for one form of exercise a day, such as:

  • a walk with members of their household
  • a run with members of their household
  • a cycle with members of their household

Outdoor exercise should be carried out locally.

Children and young people should always follow the latest official advice on social distancing, which means making sure that they and their parent or carer stay more than 2 metres from others (including friends and other family members they don't share a house with).

The resource list is available here

Spell it Out to Sweat it Out!

spell it out

This is a great challenge to keep you active and healthy during the lockdown with different exercises for each letter of the alphabet.  Share your before and after pictures with us on social media @wiltssport.

Here is a printable version pdfhere

Our This Wilts Girl Can Sporting Champion Katie Edginton gave our Spell it out to sweat it out challenge a go!  Katie’s first name and last name meant she did:

  • 1 minute 30 seconds of plank
  • 3 minutes of wall sits
  • 10 sit ups
  • 20 squats
  • 5 burpees
  • 15 star jumps

Katies 3 top tips to #StayInWorkout are:

  1. remember to stretch out and warm-up before so you don’t get injured
  2. drink plenty of water whilst you’re doing it, especially if you are doing it out in the sun
  3. repeat your name again if you want to feel an extra burn! 

katie 1katie 2

Supporting Parents to Teach PE at Home with #ThisIsPE

Dacne iiiYorkshire Sport Foundation and leading national organisations (including afPE, Active Partnerships and YST) are working with physical educators from across the country to support parents to teach PE at home.

Short two-minute videos will be posted that will show parents (and teachers) free, fun and easy to follow PE activities for the whole family to enjoy together.

Each #ThisIsPE video will focus on a different aspect of the National Curriculum.  The videos, delivered by PE teachers, will help children and young people to continue their skill development in PE during this period when we are having to stay at home, to save lives.

Videos will be posted at 1pm on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  You don’t need to be in PE kit and you don’t need sports equipment. All of the videos will use things that you can find around the home.

To view all the videos in one place a #ThisIsPE YouTube playlist has been created.  Here is an example video to give you a taster:

This Girl Can Festival 2021

Welcome to The This Wilts Girl Can Virtual Festival 2021!

This Festival is running alongside Sport England’s national This Girl Can week so it is a great opportunity to try something new and get active. The festival offers 3 non-traditional activities, personalised to this event, specifically designed to encourage female participation in physical activity.

Aim to complete all 3 videos across the week so that you can experience all 3 activities. But remember, the most important thing is to focus on getting your heart rate up and having fun whilst doing it!   

Feedback 

Once you have taken part in all 3 sessions or at the end of the week we would really appreciate it if you could fill in our post-festival questionnaire so we can get your views on the virtual event.  

If you are a teacher, click here to complete the staff questionnaire. 

If you are a student, click here to complete the student questionnaire. 

Competition

Why not take part in our competition for your chance to win a prize!? All you need to do is create your own This Girl Can poster.

Follow this link to find the poster template: pptxPoster template.pptx810.22 KB

The poster must include- 

1. A photo- showing you taking part in the event- this can be a selfie, photo on your own, photo with your friends or photo of a whole class taking part. Just make sure you have permission from everyone who is in the photograph!

2. A slogan- create your own, original slogan relating to This Girl Can. For example- Having fun is all that matters. 

Please send your completed poster to brooke@wiltssport.org

You can also click here for more This Girl Can resources, and ideas to get girls active within your school! 

THE FESTIVAL

Below you will find a special welcome from the This Girl Can Festival Sporting Champion, followed by each activity video. So scroll down, and let's have some fun!

 Sporting Champion's Welcome

Cheerleading

Boxercise 

 

Zumba

Virtual School Games

Virtual School GamesWelcome to the Wiltshire Virtual School Games 2020/21!  Each term there will be series of challenges for your students to try.  We would encourage you to participate as part of a PE lesson, however the activities require little or no equipment so can be attempted at home.

  Activity/Theme:  
Opening Date:  
Closing Date:  
Notes:
Term 1    

  Athletics  

14/9/20 23/10/20 Open to all
Term 2

Football

08/10/20 15/01/21 Years 5 & 6 
Term 2

Dance

2/11/20 18/12/20 Open to all
Term 2

Santa Dash

11/12/20 11/12/20 Open to all
Term 2&3  

  Basketball  

Postponed Postponed Years 7-9
Term 3,4&5  

  skipping  

11/1/21 28/5/21 Open to all
Term 4&5

Fitness

12/2/21 28/5/21 Open to all
Term 6

 Virtual Games 

7/6/21 2/7/21 Open to all

The emphasis is on participation and achieving one's personal best, so no medals will be awarded.  However, a prize will be given to the school that tops the Participation League Table.  A School Games Personal Best certificate will be available for you.

Spirit of the Games Awards - We invite teachers to nominate any student who has gone above and beyond in terms of the School Games Values, this includes leaders as well as athletes, and also any student who has challenged themselves and seen real improvement in performance or personal development.  Find out more here.

Virtual Summer School Games

Virtual School GamesWelcome to the Wiltshire Virtual Summer School Games 2021!  There will be new challenges to try every week from 7th June to 5th July.

To take part:

  • Click on the activity in the table below (only between the dates shown)
  • Read the challenge format and watch the 'how to' videos
  • Have a go and do your best!
  • Fill in the online form to get a certificate and enter for your school
  Activity/Theme:  
Opening Date:  
Closing Date:  
Week 1    

Athletics: Jumping

07/06/21 14/06/21
Week 1

Cricket

07/06/21 14/06/21
Week 2

Rugby

14/06/21 21/06/21
Week 2

Hockey

14/06/21 21/06/21
Week 3

Tri-Golf

21/06/21 28/06/21
Week 3

  Athletics: Throw & run  

21/06/21 28/06/21
Week 4

Wall Sit

28/06/21 05/07/21
Week 4

Tennis

28/06/21 05/07/21

The emphasis is on participation and achieving one's personal best, so no medals will be awarded.  However, a prize will be given to the school that tops the Participation League Table.  A School Games Personal Best certificate will be available for you.

Spirit of the Games Awards - We invite teachers to nominate any student who has gone above and beyond in terms of the School Games Values, this includes leaders as well as athletes, and also any student who has challenged themselves and seen real improvement in performance or personal development.  Find out more here.

Walking Bingo

Bingo Card CoverEven though we are in lockdown, it is important for our physical and mental health to get out in the fresh air and get a little exercise.  The cold weather can mean some children are reluctant to go out, so we have a series of walking bingo cards to add a little interest to your daily walk.

The idea is to tick off as many of the items as you can over the course of a week - the more you go out, the more you will see and do!  The items fall into 4 categories, which are colour coded as follows:

Things to see
Things to do
Things to find
Things to make

the Bingo Cards:

Click on an image to open a pdf version for printing

Week 6:

Bingo Card 6

Week 5:

Bingo Card 5

Week 4:

Bingo Card 4

Week 3:

Bingo Card 3

Week 2:

Bingo Card two

Week 1:

Bingo Card 1

wheelchair workouts for young people

Disability iWheelPower, the national charity for wheelchair sport, is delighted to announce the release of 10 new online workouts, aimed specifically at primary and secondary aged disabled children. We hope that these videos will assist parents and teachers with the provision of PE during Lockdown 3.0, and provide new and exciting opportunities for disabled children to stay fit and healthy during this challenging period.

The 10 new workout videos will be split into two age groups. five will be primary focussed, and five secondary focussed, and each comes with its own unique theme, meaning that every workout is different and varied. The videos will be available on the WheelPower website and YouTube Channel and can be accessed for free at a time that suits your needs.

view the videos here

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