Staying active at Belmont
Belmont is proud to provide a vast range of inclusive physically active opportunities for our learners. Through active enrichment activities, interhouse and intrahouse sporting events and physically active clubs, learners are introduced to new ways to stay active alongside the opportunity to continue their favourite ways of getting their 60 minutes of physical activity a day.
The Department of Health (2016) states that at least 30 minutes should be delivered in school every day through active break times, PE, extra-curricular clubs, active lessons, or other sport and physical activity events, with the remaining 30 minutes supported by parents and carers outside of school time. Belmont is committed to helping children achieve their 60 minutes of physical activity, beginning in the classroom. Physical activity, even just short spans of it, improves children’s cognitive function, focus, and well-being. Through brain breaks, short and quick physical activity sessions within the classrooms, students are able to regain focus and attention and therefore make the most of their learning opportunities. We asked our students what their favourite type of brain break was:
“We copy dances and 3,2,1 movements. It’s fun and cool!” – Monty Year 1
The Daily Mile
Since Spring term of 2017, the students and staff at our school have been participating in the Daily Mile. The aim of The Daily Mile is to improve the physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing of our children – regardless of age, ability or personal circumstances (https://thedailymile.co.uk/about/). Children are encouraged to run, jog or walk around the designated course on our playground for 15 continuous minutes with the goal of improving the distance they run each time they participate. Children are invited to run in their school uniforms, and although not required, may change their footwear. Over time, children have noted that they are able to run further than previously and are able to run for longer durations of time. Week after week, children are noting their progress and continuously challenging themselves.
Can you find Belmont on the Daily Mile school map?
“You get tired when running, but that’s okay. You get to improve.” - Jassim, Year 2
“It warms you up and gets your brain ready for learning.” – Kenan, Year 4
“You get to run off anything that’s bugging you.” –Year 4 pupil
Who are you cheering for- Osterley, Gunnersbury, Syon or Chiswick? Each half-term an Interhouse tournament is run during lunch playtime with the help of house captains and the Belmont Sports Committee. Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6 compete in a mini tournament hoping to make it to the final game.
The Department of Education requires that all schools provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2. In particular, pupils should be taught to:
- swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
- perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
Every student in Year 3 participates in 30 sessions through the academic school year.
For the 2017 to 2018 academic year, there is a new condition requiring schools to publish how many pupils within their year 6 cohort are meeting the national curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
83% of the year 6 pupils at Belmont have indicated that they meet these requirements.
Wake Up, Shake Up
With the help of our Year 6 learners, all staff and students at Belmont participate in a 10 minute Wake Up, Shake Up choreographed dance routine every Friday morning to increase our daily physical activity and continue to develop our social, emotional, and mental well-being. Some of our favourite Wake Up, Shake Up’s have been Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling and T-Swift’s Shake it Off!
The last Friday of every half-term parents and carers are invited to stay after student drop off to join us in the playground at 8:45 for our Wake Up, Shake Up.
“My favourite Wake Up, Shake Up was when all the teachers went on stage and everyone was smiling.” – Year 2 pupil
Health and Wellbeing Week
Click here to read about our busy and fun week held in June 2018.