Active Home Week – Let’s get Active Donaghmoyne

Dear Principal and Active School Flag Coordinator,

We hope that this email finds everyone well.

The Active School Flag team would like to begin by saying WELL DONE to principals and teachers for all the work that you are doing to support your pupils with their wellbeing, and by providing continuity of teaching and learning during these challenging times.

‘Active HOME Week’ Challenge (April 27th – May 3rd)
As you know ‘Active SCHOOL Week’ takes place every April and is a really enjoyable part of the school year for many children. This year, because of Covid-19 it is not possible for this to go ahead so we are asking you to invite the families of your school to participate in the ‘Active HOME Week’ challenge instead.

ABOUT the Challenge
The idea of the #ActiveHomeWeek challenge is to:
· Reach out to parents/guardians to support the work that is taking place in their school
· Support parents by providing them with ideas and a challenge format to encourage children to build physical activity into their day
· Encourage children to find NEW ways of being physically active that they ENJOY
· Raise awareness about the fact that children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day
To complete the challenge children have to find four different ways of being active, every day, making sure that this adds up to 60 MINUTES, or more. Children are encouraged to try something NEW, have FUN with a family activity and to ENJOY the week!

IDEAS
There are so many great physical activity suggestions in circulation at the moment from local/national sports clubs, role models and agencies that we decided to organise them into an IDEAS word cloud graphic. All of the activities in the word cloud can be viewed ‘in action’ and ‘in the one place’ @activeflag The Twitter feed includes activities to suit children of all ages, abilities and interests with indoor and outdoor options and ideas about how to make sports equipment out of every day household items. It’s definitely worth a look
The word cloud is designed to make it easy for parents and children to find ways to complete the challenge, but children don’t have to stick with just these ideas. They can use activities, not listed here, that they are already doing or create new activities of their own. You might decide, as a school, to suggest activities or to create your own school/teacher challenges!

Challenge Charts

We have attached 2 versions of the challenge chart:

PDF ‘Print’ version – If parents don’t have access to printer children should be encouraged to hand draw the challenge chart, as that will work just the same.
PDF ‘Fillable’ version – If class teachers would like to ask parents to return the completed challenge chart this format will make it easier to do so.

DRAW for Participants
ASF will be running a competition on Twitter for schools that confirm that they are participating in the #ActiveHomeWeek challenge. Further details will be announced @activeflag over the coming days.

PE at HOME
The PDST PE team have created an excellent series of ‘PE at HOME’ videos called Beyond the Classroom’. These videos will allow parents at home, support the work happening in schools during PE lessons. Different themed videos will be released every week @PDSTpe. Please bring these to the attention of teachers as they are a great way to build PE into the weekly work schedule.

Stay Safe Everyone,