The Daily Mile
The Daily Mile is simple and free – and gets children out of the classroom for 15 minutes every day to run or jog at their own pace with their classmates, making them fitter, healthier and more able to concentrate in the classroom.
Working closely with Public Health Hertfordshire and The Daily Mile Foundation, the Partnership will be responsible for encouraging as many schools as possible in Hertfordshire, to adopt The Daily Mile and support the implementation of local programmes.
With one in four of our school children deemed to be overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school, and with growing issues around the mental wellbeing of young people, The Daily Mile can make a marked and lasting difference to the lives of our young people.
The Daily Mile at Bridgewater Primary School
Bridgewater Primary School introduced The Daily Mile in February 2018. They are a two form entry rural school in Berkhamsted with over 350 pupils, who all participate in The Daily Mile. Both staff and parents have been fully supportive of the initiative, and see it as a valuable tool to help pupils refocus, redirect negative behaviour and run off any frustrations that may be brewing in class:
“It’s a good way to get the “talking” out of your system so you don’t chat in lessons.”
The school have been able to connect The Daily Mile to the curriculum by linking with PE lessons and healthy body lessons in science. The teachers all engage with a whole school Daily Mile record chart that logs how far each class have run. Currently they have made it to the south of France, and will soon reach Spain! Staff have reported The Daily Mile to be a good “wellbeing opportunity” that has enabled them to build relationships with their class outside of the classroom, with one Year 3 tutor commenting:
“I’ve found it to have a positive effect on behaviour particularly on Monday mornings when my class are extra chatty and excitable after the weekend. I tell them they have a Daily Mile to stretch their legs, get some air and get the chatting out of their system and it does work.”
The Orchard Primary School
The Orchard Primary School is a two form entry school in Watford. All 472 pupils participate in The Daily Mile, running on the track that the school recently had installed around the edge of the school field. The school had a launch day that worked really well with the whole school outside together to complete the first mile, enjoyed by both the teachers and children. Reception children have used The Daily Mile as a way of collecting items from nature to look at closely in their theme work, whilst the older children often use it as a thought-gathering exercise before going back to complete pieces of writing.
In addition, a few children have realised their potential in long distance running through The Daily Mile and have used it as a chance to build up their stamina. One child went on to win the School Partnership’s Year 5 Fun Run!
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