The Daily Mile is not Sport or PE, but rather health and wellbeing through physical activity.
The Daily Mile Foundation encourages every school doing The Daily Mile to join the growing global community.
The Daily Mile is a free, effective initiative that any school can implement without the need for staff training. Its impact can be transformational – improving not only the children’s fitness, but also their concentration levels, mood, behaviour and general wellbeing.
The Daily Mile has become a regular part of our school life since Spring 2018. The children in Year 1 and Year 2 jog the Daily Mile for 15 minutes three times a week, whatever the weather, on the days that they do not have PE. Our staff decide on the day when to take their class out depending on their timetable and the weather. The children complete the Daily Mile at their own pace, sometimes with exercises such as star jumps or stretches included too.
As the children enter Year 1, our Eco Teaching Assistant holds refresher sessions with the classes to help the children to understand how the Daily Mile works, and why it is important for their health and well-being. The staff are encouraged to join in with their classes through vocal encouragement, walking or jogging.
Our Nursery children have their own ‘mini mile’ that they complete every day of the week. They start with a warm up followed by two laps of the playground running track and finish with some cooling down exercises.
We encourage all children to wear suitable footwear such as trainers to school as this helps support their growing feet. The Daily Mile is not run on days where there is ice or snow on the ground, and on very hot days our staff ensure the children slow down or walk. Water is available via the water fountains and the children’s own water bottles.