The Daily Mile
At Hendal Primary School our KS2 children run The Daily Mile it is simple and gets children out of the classroom for fifteen 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.
The main aims are to become fitter, healthier and have fun.
We aim to stick to these core principles, aiming to make our Daily Mile successful and sustainable!
It takes just 15 minutes from classroom, to taking part, to back in the classroom, with no time spent changing, setting up or tidying up.
The Daily Mile is a physical activity in a social setting and is fun for the children. They can chat to their friends as they run along enjoying the experience together.
It’s always fully inclusive – every child, every day. They should all be out together in the fresh air.
We treat the weather as a benefit, not a barrier. Children enjoy being outside in the different types of weather, connecting with nature and being aware of the seasons.
Our Daily Mile route is on a firm and mud-free surface around our playground. Children follow the red track and can measure the distance they have run using the markers spread around the Daily Mile circuit.
Our route is risk assessed to ensure The Daily Mile is a safe activity.
WHEN TO GO
The Daily Mile happens during curricular time, at least 3 times a week. The class teacher decides when to go out – they know their class and can respond flexibly to their needs.
The children run in their school clothes without changing into kit, putting jackets on if it’s cold or damp and taking sweatshirts off if it’s warm.
The children go at their own pace. Done properly, it’s not a walk – able-bodied children should aim to run or jog for the full 15 minutes with only occasional stops to catch their breath, if necessary.
We keep it simple. It is social and fun.