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To [%parent_firstname%] and [%child_firstname%],

This week’s session is going to be all about movement and will focus on ball skills as a way to explore ways to travel, pass and receive a ball. Your child will develop their listening skills to follow instructions and will be encouraged to make decisions within the activities. (Sorry we cannot be held responsible if the listening skills disappear when they get home!)

What can you do to help support your child to move well?

The NHS has published the following guidelines for all 5 - 18 year olds.

  • Does at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day - this should range from moderate activity, such as cycling, walking the dog, scootering and playground activities, to vigorous activity, such as running and tennis
  • On three days a week, these activities should involve exercises for strong muscles, such as push-ups, and exercises for strong bones, such as jumping, running, gymnastics, football or martial arts.

For this week have a think about what you can do as a family to get moving more, here are some ideas:

It’s all about lifestyle choices...

  • Explore the great outdoors! Don’t just walk, go for a nature trail in the woods. Take a ball and play catch along the way!
  • Wet afternoon? How about organising a trip to a trampoline park with friends or family?
  • Heading out? Try cycling or scootering. Kids feeling adventurous? Then start racing or timing each other.

At home...

  • Teach them how to tie their shoe laces.
  • Play in the garden with a ball. Let your child lead - give them a ball and see what they do. Then join in! Throwing, catching and kicking a ball games.
    • Can they score a goal against you?
    • How many times can they throw the ball up into the air and catch it again before you run to the tree and back? How many times can you do it while they run?
    • Design an obstacle course around the park with your child. Feeling competitive? Time them!
    • Design a bike course together. Can they vary their speed, cycle around obstacles and stop accurately at a specific point?
  • Set a series of mini challenges and even keep a record chart on the fridge. How long they can stand on one foot? How many jumping jacks can they do in a minute?
  • Turn up the radio and have a karaoke dance-off. Shut the curtains and turn on a disco ball! It’s great for fitness and always puts a smile on everyone’s face.

We look forward to seeing you next week.

The Premier Academy Team

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