Last week I was invited along to Tividale Primary School in Oldbury to mark the launch of Super Movers, a new campaign from the Premier League and BBC which will help primary school teachers to inspire children to become more active throughout their school day and enhance their learning. To help get things off to a fun start West Brom first team players Kieran Gibbs and Sam Field, club mascot Baggie Bird and CBBC presenter Karim Zeroual visited and got stuck in alongside the children.
Physical activity can positively impact educational outcomes with improvements in pupils’ concentration, motivation and enjoyment of learning. Super Movers content includes easy-to-follow educational videos, each featuring a routine to get pupils moving so they are ready to learn. It was great to see the children following the moves; singing the songs; and having so much fun. It was clear to see that they were really enjoying it.
The special guests joined the school for a Super Movers assembly before visiting different classes to encourage pupils to get moving. At lunch time, pupils came together for a flashmob workout which saw more than 50 students following a Super Movers routine in unison. After lunch, pupils from Tividale Primary School joined several schools around the country in taking part in an active maths lesson, which was streamed live from Liverpool FC’s Anfield Stadium. It was challenging, interesting and above all else fun. The maths live lesson was hosted by CBBC favourites Ben Shires and Naomi Wilkinson and also featured Premier League club mascots from and Liverpool players Dominic Solanke and Joel Matip.
Karim Zeroual from CBBC said: “Super Movers is a really inspiring initiative and I feel honoured to be able to support the programme and encourage children to be more active. It’s really important for kids to engage in regular physical activity in order to stay engaged and motivated throughout the school day. It’s such a simple way to increase the children’s energy levels and allow them to actually enjoy learning.
West Brom defender Kieran Gibbs said: “It was a great experience to visit Tividale Primary today and join in with the kids’ exercise session. As a footballer, I know how important regular physical exercise is in order to stay alert and in the zone and the Super Movers programme will help children to concentrate on their education.”
Teachers can take advantage of the content on the Super Movers website at www.bbc.co.uk/supermovers. There will be an abundance of ‘Brain Booster’ videos and simple solutions to help children learn while they move – all linked to the UK curricula and easy to use in the classroom, with no extra equipment required. Super Movers is also available to families to encourage them to live active lifestyles and can be used at home with a range of ‘Just For Fun’ videos and games designed to get children and grown-ups moving together in their living rooms.
Disclosure: This post is in association with the Premier League.