Change4Life and Disney launch new 10 Minute Shake Up activities to get primary school pupils more active every day

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Teachers can make a difference to pupils' wellbeing by implementing fun physical activity across the school day

Evidence from a recent Public Health England report, suggests that there is a strong association between being physically active and academic performance, learning and attention, within a school setting - the building blocks for a successful future.

A recent Change4Life and Disney UK survey revealed that children believe they need to be 'fast' (49%) or 'strong' (41%) to be physically active and only a quarter (25%) see themselves as 'sporty'.  The Change4Life and Disney inspired 10 Minute Shake Up campaign plays a part in challenging this notion - by encouraging the nation's children to get more active this summer by showing pupils that everyone - of all abilities - can enjoy and benefit from physical activity and improved overall wellbeing.

Schools have always worked hard to foster positive attitudes towards physical activity, but there is a need to engage pupils beyond PE classes, and get them moving throughout the school day. By introducing fun forms of physical activity that excite and engage pupils, teachers can make a real difference to getting young people active before, during and after school.

Ellie Wall, Year 6 Teacher, St John's Primary School, London said:"I would definitely recommend the 10 Minute Shake Up resources to teachers who are looking to get a bit more activity into their classroom. By building a sense of fun and enjoyment around Disney characters they love, it allows children who aren't so sporty to engage with activities they wouldn't usually engage in. It gives them an entry point."

Darren Rubin, Executive Head, St John's Primary School, London said:"We've had real success using the Change4Life and Disney 10 Minute Shake Up activities. Each Shake Up is modeled on an activity inspired by a popular Disney character, which has proved to be the perfect incentive to get those children, especially those who don't show much interest in sport, excited and involved with physical activity."

Malcolm Aklay, Health Mentor, St John's primary school, London said:"Every child wants to be like a Disney character. Through these resources they get the best of both worlds; they get something they enjoy watching and get to do a bit of exercise at the same time. The whole school 'active assembly' is a really great idea for the children. Their hearts start to beat and their minds start to open up. It sets them up for the school day and gets them ready to learn."

Eustace de Sousa, National Lead for Children, Young People and Families, Public Health England says:"Encouraging children to get active for 30 minutes every day in school will help them reach their recommended level of physical activity, as well as reduce sedentary behaviours and increase physical activity outside of timetabled PE lessons.
 
By making physical activity enjoyable for children they will feel more positive towards getting active and confident to try new activities or sports."

This year marks the sixth year that PHE and Disney UK have worked together to inspire children to move more, with almost two million children taking part in last year's campaign.

Find out more about the Change4Life and Disney resources on the School Zone of the Public Health England website.