What is the Daily Mile?
The Daily Mile is 10-15 minutes when children jog or run, at their own pace, during the school day at a time of the teacher’s choosing. The Daily Mile is not Sport or PE, but rather health and wellbeing through physical activity. It’s a simple and straightforward initiative that has been acknowledged for reducing childhood obesity and recognised within the UK Government’s 2018 Childhood Obesity Strategy.
At St. Thomas', children are encouraged to take part in the daily mile as part of our 'Beacons of Light' Curriculum. As we prioritise physical and mental health and wellbeing, we have our own running track, which loops around our school field. Children will not get changed for the daily mile and therefore we ask that children wear robust shoes as part of their normal school uniform.
Why it works:
- The children enjoy it, and see it as a natural part of their day.
- Parents like it and appreciate the benefits it brings to their children.
- It’s inclusive — everyone, including children with SEN, takes part together.
- It’s sustainable — not a fad — and keeps going all year round, every year.
- Children are refreshed, returning to class ready to learn.
- It takes only 10-15 minutes a day
- t improves focus, concentration and behaviour in class.
- Embeds daily physical activity into the school’s approach to health & wellbeing.
- All of the children are much fitter, so can access PE curriculum more readily.
- It can be used as an easy way to introduce various aspects of outdoor learning.
- The children always run in a safe and familiar, risk-assessed environment.