News

Teach Active to launch the UK’s largest active learning day

As part of the Youth Sport Trust’s National School Sport Week (19-25th June 2021), Teach Active is set to host the largest active learning day for schools on Wednesday 23rd June.

On this day, English and maths lessons in primary schools around the country will be transformed into active lessons where children move around the classroom and have fun while they learn. Activities include setting up multiplication stations, and pupils must run to each station to pick up a multiplication problem card to solve, aiming to complete the whole course in less than 30 minutes. In another lesson, children play at being punctuation police. They march around, noting down punctuation errors written out on cards around the class or playground.

To help teachers prepare, Teach Active will provide 50 FREE active English and maths lesson plans for pupils from foundation stage through to year 6.

How do I take part?

  • Sign up to #ActiveLearningDay2021 using the links below
  • Download the below lesson plans and resources
  • Pledge your support by sharing the Active Learning Campaign using the #ActiveLearningDay2021 and tagging @TeachActive
  • On the 23rd June show off your Active Leason in action using the #ActiveLearningDay2021 and tagging @TeachActive

Active Learning Day Competition

By pledging and sharing your support for Active Learning Day 2021 on social media using the #ActiveLearningDay2021 you could win a voucher for £100 from Decathlon to spend on whatever you need.

We will also be offering a top prize of a school visit from one of the Youth Sport Trust’s athlete ambassadors for the school that posts the best video of their active learning day on Twitter with the hashtag #ActiveLearningDay2021.

Please see the Terms and Conditions for full terms of this prize draw.
Decathlon Vouchers T&Cs | Ambassador Visit T&Cs

After a year of so much inactivity, we want to use the day to show that being active is not just about PE and sports but reducing the amount of time we spend sitting down overall. Any primary school can join in and see the benefits of active learning. It helps children engage with lessons, learn more effectively, and improves their overall mental health by having fun with their classmates.

Jon Smedley, founder of Teach Active

Young people have missed out on so much and had their worlds turned upside down by the pandemic. It is brilliant that Teach Active are helping more young people benefit from the important role physical activity has to play in their recovery.

Ali Oliver, CEO Youth Sport Trust

More News

Teaching through the pandemic

Listen to the latest podcast from NCETM and Nikki Bailey, Deputy Headteacher at Oldfield Primary School, to see how Teach Active and Active Learning has been used in maths across Key Stages 1 and 2, and the benefits this has had for children after a long period of home learning. Nikki Bailey is deputy head and Year 1 teacher at a primary school in Chester. She has long been an advocate of teaching maths through physical activity but has found this particularly beneficial in autumn 2020, with children returning to school unaccustomed to periods of formal, focused concentration. She describes activities and encourages other teachers to have a go....

Read more

Four top tips for teacher wellbeing in 2021

2020 was a shocking year for most and schools have had their fair share of upheaval as COVID-19 continues to send ripples of uncertainty across the sector.

Read more