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.
Its impact can be transformational – improving not only the children’s fitness, but also their concentration levels, mood, behaviour and general wellbeing.
The Daily Mile is a social activity, wherein the children run or jog – at their own pace – in the fresh air with friends. Children can occasionally walk to catch their breath, if necessary, but should aim to run or jog for the full 15 minutes. Our KS2 playground has a track which children have to jog around 9 times to achieve the 1 mile target.
Research has shown that The Daily Mile can increase attainment in primary school, and children have reported an increased interest in health and wellbeing after they have started The Daily Mile!
Pupil Voice about the Daily Mile:
LEYANNA: “We are lucky that our school has a track to run the Daily Mile because it helps all of us to stay healthy. When I jog around it, I feel energised and this helps me with my learning. If we practice as much as we can, we could become champion athletes one day!”
SALI: “I like doing the Daily Mile because it makes me stronger and it’s important for my body to stay healthy. At first, I couldn’t run around more than 3 times, but I’m practicing in Ms. Sandhu’s club and it’s so much fun! I think I’ll be able to run the full mile in no time at all!”
As part of our PSHE lessons, all students complete MindUP. This is a 15-lesson program for children in Reception to Year 6, brought to life by a teacher in the classroom. MindUP™ is science-centric and evidence-based, with over 10 years of research conducted on the program’s efficacy. It is grounded within four core pillars: Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Mindful Awareness and Social-Emotional Learning. MindUP™ has 15 lessons that teach activities around topics such as gratitude, mindfulness and perspective taking. These lessons provide an immersive discovery experience along with daily core practices, such as the guided “Brain Break” breathing exercise. This core practice takes place three times a day and helps us to be calm, focused and ready to learn. Our MindUP work helps us to stop and feel a pause, especially when we are about to do something and make a choice. It helps us to remember to be grateful for all that we are and all that we have in the world.
Pupil Voice about MindUP and brain breaks:
” I enjoy doing brain breaks because they help me feel calmer. I especially like doing them first thing in the morning and straight after lunch time because they help me if I feel overwhelmed about anything.”
“Mind Up helps me think about the choices I make, especially if I feel angry because they make me think about what is happening in my brain and with my amygdala. MindUp is great because it helps us to be optimistic. If someone is feeling angry or scared, I think they should learn how to do a brain break too, otherwise their prefrontal cortex will not be able to take in any new information to learn.”