Physical Activity

Lead: Sarah Lyles


To promote an environment whereby the whole school community is committed to develop healthy active pupils regardless of physical ability. The school provides a range of active opportunities both within and out of curriculum hours including formal learning (PE), activity (playtime), signposting (to local community opportunities) and school sport and activity clubs.  


Physical activity is defined as any force exerted by skeletal muscle that results in energy expenditure above resting level and includes the full range of human movement, from competitive sport and exercise to active hobbies, walking and cycling or activities of daily living (DH 2004). Different types and amounts of physical activity are required for different outcomes. 

Early Years 

  1. Physical activity should be encouraged from birth, particularly through floor-based play and water-based activities in safe environments.
  2. Children of pre-school age* who are capable of walking unaided should be physically active daily for at least 180 minutes (3 hours), spread throughout the day.
  3. All under 5s should minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary (being restrained or sitting) for extended periods (except time spent sleeping).

Children and Young People (5 to 18 years of age)

  1. All children and young people should engage in moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity for at least 60 minutes and up to several hours every day.
  2. Vigorous intensity activities, including those that strengthen muscle and bone, should be incorporated at least three days a week.
  3. All children and young people should minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary (sitting) for extended periods.

Start Active, Stay Active – Physical Activity for Health, Chief Medical Officers Report, 2011