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'Super Movers will help teachers get kids healthy'

18 Jan 2018
Super Movers, Ashmount Primary School

Primary school deputy head Lucy Walker-Collins on how the Premier League and BBC programme will raise profile of an active life among children

As Lucy Walker-Collins watched her Ashmount Primary School pupils dance at the launch of Super Movers she immediately saw the impact of the programme.

"The children are really engaged with the content," said the deputy headteacher at the north London school.

"Kids love to move and children who are healthy are happier, so hopefully it will help them concentrate and engage with their more traditional academic learning."

The Premier League and BBC joint-programme features easy-to-follow dance moves and songs on videos, all with an educational theme.

"Having physical health fed through English, maths and science will help raise its profile across the school," said Walker-Collins.

"It helps the children take ownership of it, which is important when they leave primary school. They need to be in control of their physical health and activity."

Alex Scott at Ashmount

Super Movers is not limited to teachers. Helpers and parents can also take part and Walker-Collins believes schools will benefit from a sense of unity.

"It can be quite a bonding exercise," she said.

"Our sports coach isn't a dancer but the children could see him having a go and laughing about getting his left and his right mixed up. That helps them. 

"They know their little brother is doing it in nursery or their sister is doing it further up the school and they go home and talk about it."

Arsenal in the Community delivered the Super Movers exercises at Ashmount this week, along with Arsenal's Alex Scott, but the programme is designed to help teachers who may not feel confident around PE.

"We encourage teachers to do movements breaks, particularly for our Special Educational Needs children, but it's not structured and teachers do it haphazardly," Walker-Collins said.

"Super Movers will help them have a structure, rather than feeling they don't know what to do and therefore not doing it.

"It helps raise the profile for them about PE and how it's not just one lesson.

"We can say, 'Here's a resource like Super Movers, it's ready to go, just press play.' "

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