Why we do the Stafford Mile

During this week, it has come to my attention that there are some parents who are concerned about our running of the Stafford Mile. I thought it might be a good time to share with you the reasons why (like many other schools in the country) we made the decision to take part.

Over the last few years, there has been a significant amount of interest in the current levels of childhood obesity. Schools are obliged to be part of the initiative to reduce this significantly over the next 10 years. The Government want us to be doing at least 30 minutes vigorous exercise daily in schools, with the aim that children do at least another 30 minutes at home. For further information please see: www.gov.uk/government/publications/childhood-obesity-a-plan-for-action/childhood-obesity-a-plan-for-action

Secondly, exercise is known to have beneficial effects on physical health. It can reduce the risk of serious illness when you are older and can improve the effects of common childhood ailments, such as asthma. For further information see: www.asthma.org.uk/advice/living-with-asthma/exercise-and-activitie and www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/whybeactive.aspx

Thirdly, exercise has a positive effect on our emotional health and well-being. There is a lot of information currently in the media regarding rising levels of mental health issues amongst children. This website www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/c/children-and-young-people cites exercise as the first thing that can help keep children emotionally well, along with a balanced diet. For further information please see: www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-benefits-of-exercise

The running of the Mile is well-documented and, as I am sure we all want the best for our children, both immediately, and in the future, perhaps a read of this document may assist in putting your mind even further at rest: thedailymile.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Daily-Mile-A4-booklet-v3-161222.pdf

Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions. We look forward to helping your children become the healthiest and happiest that they can be to set them up well for a great future.

Other sports new this week

Sports Crew

The Sports Crew had a meeting last week. During the meeting, we discussed lots of ways that we can continue to improve our sport at Stafford. Each member then went back to their class and asked them about ideas, including:  what they think of the Stafford Mile, how we can get active in a wider range of ways at school, about PE lessons and ideas for lunchtimes. We have had some great feedback and suggestions and will be looking at ways to implement some of these in the near future.

Play Leaders

Thank you to all the Year 5 & 6 Play Leaders and Buddies who came to the meeting this week. We will be getting a new rota and zones out to you soon.