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60 Active Minutes


New physical activity guidelines have been published by the four UK Chief Medical Officers, covering early years, children and young people. Physical activity should be encouraged across the population, with the latest evidence showing there is a clear link between physical activity and chronic disease.  The guidance has a renewed focus on being active everyday and spells out the recommended minimum levels of activity for each age group:

  • Under 5s: 180 minutes - 3 hours each day once a child is able to walk
  • 5 - 18 year olds: 60 minutes and up to several hours every day of moderate to vigorous intensity. Three days a week should include vigorous intensity activities which strengthen muscle and bone.


60 Active Minutes ...

The government have stated that, of the 60 minutes required for 5 - 18 year olds, schools are responsible for 30 minutes, in addition to the 2 hours of PE the children complete each week.

As a school, we are making a conscious effort to ensure every child participates in 30 extra active minutes. Activities include:

  • Active Maths starters
  • Active English starters
  • Active counting
  • Active phonics
  • Active spelling
  • Daily Mile

We encourage children to play different games during their break and lunch times to ensure they are as active as possible. 

30 Active Minutes at Home
There are suggestions for activities the children could participate in at home, as the other 30 minutes are to be completed there. As we understand that it is not always possible to go out for a bike ride or a walk after school, we have found some fun games that the children can play in a space at home. There are also lots of ideas of games and activities at the Change 4 Life website.