Breaktimes are the perfect time to get children moving and meeting their target of 30 minutes of activity a day at school. Explore ideas to get even the most reluctant of children moving!

Why is it important?

Engaging in physical activity at 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 Breaktimes 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

 Using older children as playground leaders or mentors can prove effective in engaging reluctant children in games and activities.

Active Breaktimes 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.  Use your leaders to work with the least active children to understand what they would be keen to be involved with.

Some of these free resources which may help you engage those harder to reach children:

Invest in Active Breaktimes 

Furthermore, there are additional resources which can be purchased using PE premium funding to help encourage Active Breaktimes:

Case Studies

If you are looking for evidence of the impact of Active Breaktimes, take a look at the case studies below for proof of the benefits:

For more information

Please contact:

Claire Mansfield