31/01/2016

Stand and deliver...

It's probably my most creative (only creative?) moment of the year so far!

Active Movement Sign

Not that early '80s kitsch introduction, but the caption for the sign on our Site Team's delivery office to form part of the Active Movement national pilot programme which I first blogged about back in October...

www.parkhouseschool.org/Blog/Stand-by-me.aspx

Indeed, It's worth a reminder from Dr Mike Loosemore, one of the world's leading exercise physicians and the programme's founder, what it's all about...

Significantly, that video was produced by our A Level Media Studies students.

Significant, because what we are looking to do is subtly integrate reminders about the importance of more movement - and opportunities to stand in particular - into all aspects of school life so that they ultimately help change long term behaviours... And therefore improve health.

The signs that are around the site, in general and departmental areas and beginning with my office door, are only one aspect of the approach...

Active Movement Sign
Active Movement Sign

Subjects are exploring how activity promotes creative learning in lessons...

House Points are getting earned by students for going on designated walks around the school site at break and lunch time...

A 'What We Stand For' Debating Competition is taking shape...

Work has begun in Computer Science lessons on designing an App to track activity...

Art students are now developing their own promotions campaign...

There's a student focus group - the 'Standing Committee'...

And we are even going to hold a House 'Stand Up Comedy Evening' competition!

We are now a month into the programme. And receiving lots of - healthy(!) - feedback from students on how the programme will continue to evolve in a secondary school context.

It's a really exciting challenge. Active Movement has already been successfully embedded in nursery and primary schools. But this has been on a different, much smaller  scale, with younger students, using cartoon characters to motivate...This frankly won't wash with our older students or across twenty or more subject areas with a hundred plus staff.  So we are reflecting and thinking creatively all the time...

The key point is that, in simply discussing the programme, students are starting to think more about their life style choices and whether they actively want to get up and stand up...

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