Over the last few years, we have invested the Sport's Premium Funding in a variety of ways. Initially we bought our Daily Mile track in order for us to undertake the Mile a Day project at Greenfield. This cost £9060.96 for the track which was all of our funding for that year.
All children at Greenfield, whatever their age or ability, walk or run around the track daily with the aim of walking or running a mile a day (or use their wheelchair etc). Younger children, aged 2 or 3, will only be walking a short way, however we expect the aim for the majority to walk 7 times around the track which equals one mile. Our school aim is for all children to be able to run or access the mile by the time they leave school. We have also spent the funding on raising the profile of the daily mile and encouraging children to get involved. We spent £500 training children to be Mile Monitors and bringing in software that would compare us nationally and locally with other schools taking part in the Daily Mile, and we were running and walking more miles each day than many schools in the country. The aim of this is for all children to be engaged in regular physical activity that will kick start a healthier lifestyle and can become a lifelong choice as well as raising the profile of physical activity across the school that is not a competitive sport.
During the more recent years, we have invested in using Sports Coaches to come and encourage children to join in with activities during lunch times and after school. Some children are often inactive at these times of day and we want to get them on their feet and taking part in physical exercise as much as possible! We also invested in some thermoplastic playground markings on our main playground, to encourage the children to be physical. The marking outline different courses for them to run, balance, hop, skip and jump across. Children have been using these markings since they were put down and it gives them another activity to do out on the playground during their social times.
Physically active children and young people perform better academically than their inactive peers and those who are most active benefit the most.Dr Richard Bailey, International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education
I believe The Daily Mile will have a huge impact on young people's lives, helping children across the UK to be fitter, healthier and happier. I'm delighted to be supporting The Daily Mile, and hope that every child has the opportunity to take part in this fantastic initiative.Colin Jackson, Olympic 110m hurdles Medallist
Teachers and children choose when in the day they walk the mile as this can impact positively on the children's learning within the classroom. All the children are able to join in the activity, which only takes about 15-20 minutes at a time.
Certificates are awarded in assemblies each week for children's personal growth in this activity eg: for completing two laps, for positive attitude, or for running the mile, or part of it, for the first time.
IMPACT: We have seen a growth in the children's ability to participate and in some children's ability to run at least for part of the mile. Teachers are beginning to run the mile too! Teachers say that after walking the mile the children return to their classrooms with refreshed enthusiasm for their learning. We now see children choosing to walk the mile in their playtimes and lunchtimes. It can be a social occasion too with children talking to each other and their teachers as they walk along - with the increase in technology this is important too. As children become more able to run the mile, they have set themselves challenges for their own personal improvement. We have undertaken surveys with the staff and children which have reflected these positive outcomes.