Active learning is about incorporating activity into all elements of the school day - not just physical education lessons. Explore ways to make your curriculum more active or introduce active bursts to keep your children engaged!

Why is it important?

Building physical activity into lessons can have huge benefits. In addition to improving physical activity, it can improve focus, attitude, attainment and behaviour in the classroom.

Benefits include:

  • Children being ready to learn
  • Improving concentration on subjects
  • Better engagement in the classroom
  • Providing a break from learning
  • Enhancing physical and mental well-being
  • Building friendship
  • Improving classroom behaviour

All of the above have a direct impact on children's confidence and self-esteem. Start with short regular active bursts in lessons or try incorporating activity into curriculum areas such as maths.

Active Learning Free Resources

Active Learning starts the moment a child enters the school building.  From active registration with initiatives such as The Daily Mile, through to building in active bursts in every lesson, there are endless opportunities to get children and moving and meeting their target of 30 minutes physical activity at school per day.

There are numerous free resources which will help inspire you and promote active learning in classrooms:

  • Youth Sport Trust  and School Games Active Recovery Hub has over 250 activities to boost activity before, during and after school.  Resources can be filtered by age and when the activity is planned to happen.
  • The Daily Mile allows you to register your school to participate and receive updates on ideas to keep the initiative fresh in your school.
  • Better Health, Healthier Families Shake ups are 10 minute games which can be used to re-energise children,  In addition, there the website features lots of information about healthy eating and food facts.
  • BBC Supermovers offers a huge range of resources from KS1 and KS2 active learning videos covering English, Maths , Science and PSHE to active videos for use in classrooms at wetplay times.  
  • Sign up free to Active Kids Do Better to get moving, track physical activity and earn rewards.  This collaboration between Nike and Discovery education has a range of resources including quick burst videos to use in classrooms.
  • Access free short interactive classroom based activities with Go Noodle to keep children engaged and motivated.
  • Sign up at Boing Play to access over 120 games which can be used to deliver inclusive PE or short bursts of activity during the school day.
  • Sign up for the FA Shooting Stars programme and try FA Active Play through Storytelling.
  • Join the Imovement to receive free active blast videos, assemblies, webinars and other resources including World Book Day themed activities.
  • Join Cosmic Kids to access yoga and mindfulness videos and activities as well as guided meditation.
  • Access This Girl Can resources to provide ideas for how to help get girls more active in schools.
  • Premier League Primary Stars has a wide collection of free, curriculum-linked activities to educate and entertain children at home. You can find lots of ideas for helping your children get active, as well as fun videos, games and worksheets for Maths, English and Health and Wellbeing. 

Invest in Active Learning 

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

  • Fitter Future combine a series of short physical workouts which can be used in the classroom as well as mindful activities for whole school wellbeing. 
  • Sign up to IMoves and choose the package that suits your school's requirement for resources to support Active Learning.
  • Real Play offer over 250 physical activity challenges as well as lesson plans for you to explore. 
  • Burn to Learn aim to improve whole school physical and mental health through social interaction and movement in the classroom.
  • Subscribe to Teach Active to access Maths and English lesson plans to help your deliver your curriculum through physical activity.
  • Engage with Skip2BeFit to organise skipping workshops to help children build resilience and growth mindset.

  • Visit The PE Shed to subscribe to their range of PE resources, games and themed topics.

Case Studies

If you are looking for evidence of how beneficial Active Learning can be, take a look at the case studies below:

  • A BBC Supermovers study demonstrates the positive effect exercise has on learning power of primary age children.
  • Daily Mile case study to demonstrate the impact of adopting the initiative.
  • Read how Syddall School in Catterick have embraced physical activity in school and the impact it had on SAT results.
  • Learn about the Creating Active Schools Framework from Leeds Beckett University to promote physical and mental wellbeing in primary school children

For more information

Please contact:

Claire Mansfield