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Orchard Primary Academy

The Daily Mile

We use the Daily Mile at Orchard as another way to ensure our children are active. Children take part in the Daily Mile each week at different points of the school day dependent on their key stage. Please see the timetable below:

Year 5 & 6: Monday, Wednesday & Friday (8.50am-9.05am)

Year 3 & 4: Tuesday & Thursday (8.50am-9.05am)

Year 1 & 2: Monday & Friday (2.15pm-2.30pm)

EYFS: Tuesday (2.15pm-2.30pm)

The children run, jog or walk for 15 minutes and staff join into support and encourage them as they go. We also use the Daily Mile to teach our children about other countries across the world. Each week we visit a new country along our way and learn about their culture, language and food in the classroom. 

Benefits of the Daily Mile

  Fitness, stamina and energy levels are increased Fitness, stamina and energy levels are increased 

  It reduces obesity and improves body composition – bone density, muscle strength, joints and cardiovascular health

  Gross and fine motor skills are developed, leading to better balance and helping to reduce dyspraxia

  Children are less sedentary, doing more moderate to vigorous activity (MVPA)

  Improves physical development in children from nursery age upwards

  It promotes the idea of self-care with children becoming more aware of their own health and the need to take responsibility for it

  It can benefit children with medical conditions, such as diabetes and asthma

  Children doing The Daily Mile have the chance to create better health outcomes for the future

  There is no feeling of being left out – it’s always 100% inclusive and all children take part, including those with special and complex needs

  The children enjoy it and look forward to it – having fun, in the fresh air with friends, with a sense of freedom

  Being outdoors, children can have those feelings which come through connecting with the weather, seasons and nature

  It can result in children reporting generally higher levels of self-satisfaction

  It can help to reduce feelings of anxiety and stress, with children feeling happier and refreshed

  There is no sense of failure – everyone succeeds at The Daily Mile because it’s not a race

  Confidence and self-esteem are improved and enhanced

  It helps children to develop greater resilience and determination

  After running and jogging for 15 minutes, greater focus and concentration is evident in class 

  The children are often more settled afterwards, leading to improvements in behaviour

  As it’s a social activity, it can help to build relationships and reduce isolation

  It helps tackle inequality – no child needs kit, equipment, money or transport to participate

  It helps to close the health inequality gap between the most and least deprived children

  Parents can start to see the benefits at home, often reporting that their children are eating and sleeping better, as well as encouraging their family to be more active