Last term Year 2 started to take part in a new initiative that is being rolled out across schools in the UK called ‘The Daily Mile’ (TDM). It was started in 2015 by Elaine Wyllie who is a head teacher in Scotland. She was concerned by the lack of fitness of the pupils in her school but had a limited budget to try and improve this.
The idea is a very simple one that involves no special equipment, just a pair of trainers and an outside space to run around. Nine laps of both our playgrounds is the equivalent to a mile and this can be run, walked, hopped, skipped or any other form of travel! We don’t manage to do it every day but average at least 3 times a week and manage to fit it around our busy curriculum. There is a noticeable difference in the children’s levels of attention and attainment after TDM. They also really enjoy this activity and so far no one has refused to join in! The children can count their laps and keep a record of their daily totals to challenge themselves to improve their distances and eventually achieve that daily mile.
This is what the website says about The Daily Mile:
The aim of the Daily Mile is to improve the physical, emotional and social health and wellbeing of our children – regardless of age or personal circumstances.
The Daily Mile is successful because it is simple and free:
It takes place over just 15 minutes, with children averaging a mile each day.
Children run outside in the fresh air – and the weather is a benefit, not a barrier.
There’s no set up, tidy up, or equipment required.
Children run in their uniforms so no kit or changing time is needed.
It’s social, non-competitive and fun.
It’s fully inclusive; every child, whatever their circumstances, age or ability, succeeds at The Daily Mile.
Year 5 have since joined in the venture and it is hoped that by the start of the 2017-18 academic year, all classes will be giving it a go.
There are now over 2500 schools taking part in TDM across Europe and 1750 of these are in the UK.
See the photographs below to see what a fun, inclusive and beneficial initiative this is.