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Embedding physical activity across the school day

Physical activity across the school day is any physical activity that occurs during class time or as a before school spark activity. It can take place at any time and occur in one or more periods during the school day.  

It includes integrating physical activity into Key Learning Areas, transitions from one lesson to another, as a behaviour management tool or as a strategy to refocus students before a lesson or assessment task.

Physical activity across the school day should be offered in addition to school sport and PE lessons. 

Classroom physical activity can benefit students by:

  • Improving their concentration and ability to stay on-task in the classroom.
  • Reducing disruptive behavior, such as fidgeting, in the classroom.
  • Improving their motivation and engagement in the learning process.
  • Helping to improve their academic performance.
  • Increasing their amount of daily physical activity.