Discover a range of activities to help pupils achieve 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity at school per day. Explore ideas to get even the most reluctant of young people moving.


Why is it important?

Engaging in physical activity at lunch and breaktimes means that pupils' blood flow to their brain increases. This increase in blood flow results in more energy and oxygen to the brain, allowing them to return to the classroom energised and ready to perform better.

Not only does promoting active breaks help children improve their physical and mental wellbeing, it also builds resilience and trust with their peer group.

Additional benefits include:

  • Developing growth mindset
  • Building friendships
  • Improving classroom behaviour
  • Returning to the classroom ready to learn

Active Breaks - Free Resources

One of the key factors in increasing participation in physical activity in schools is to understand what the barriers are for the least active children - for example, lack of confidence, lack of interest in the activities currently on offer, fear of traditional competitive sports.  Start with something simple such as a drop in activity like a 'Just Dance' club to appeal to those groups and build from there.  

Some of these free resources may help you achieve the recommended 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day:

  • Visit This Girl Can for a range of realistic workouts which use minimal equipment – great for while space might be limited and equipment restricted.
  • The Youth Sport Trust have developed a range of 60 second challenges to encourage children to undertake Personal Challenges by trying to improve their performance.   
  • The Nike Training Club app give you access to over 190 free workouts across strength, endurance, yoga and mobility. Sessions range from 15–45 minutes and your personal training plan guides you through your progress. 
  • NHS Fitness Studio offers a range of instructor-led videos ranging from 10 to 45 minutes long.  Choose from aerobic exercise, strength and resistance and pilates and yoga.
  • Visit Fitness Blender to choose from a range of exercises and workouts varying by degree of difficulty, type, gender and whether equipment is required or not.
  • For easy 10 minute workouts which require minimal space and equipment, try NHS 10 minute workouts.
  • Dance your way to fitness with CIZE exercise videos - pupils will be so busy mastering the moves, they won't realise they are working out.
  • #ThisIsPE secondary was designed to support teachers to enable pupils to continue their development within national curriculum PE and can be used at school during lessons or breaks.


For more information

Please contact:

Claire Mansfield