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To help teachers think about different ways to encourage their students to be active, and the social, emotional, and cognitive learning students gain from being be active, it's important that schools and kura review their physical activity culture. Reviewing your approaches can help you better connect the opportunities you provide to students and your school's or kura's values and goals.
The following pages give helpful information and resources for teachers of years 1-8 students to help them to explore and trial new ideas and to make those changes last.
The resources are based on learnings from Play.sport, a pilot collaboration led by Sport NZ to improve the quality of physical education, sport, physical activity and play experiences in schools, as well as connection between schools and their communities. The initiative was delivered between 2015 and 2019 across 45 schools and their wider communities. The learning captured through Play.sport was fundamental to informing the development of Healthy Active Learning.
Sport NZ acknowledges and thanks the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) for providing this content. We also extend our grateful thanks to those involved in Play.sport for their willingness to share their time, perspectives, journeys, and reflections to enable this content to be developed. Thank you to the school staff and students, and Play.sport workforce, managers, and national and community partners.
Well designed whole school approaches to physical activity can help ensure schools and kura successfully engage students and provide them with quality wellbeing and learning benefits. Find out more and see tools to support this process.
Any review that aims to change mindsets and practices in a school setting must address the barriers to change. Find out how to work through those barriers and influence change.