Disney keeps kids active over summer

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Change4Life, Public Health England’s campaign to help families lead healthier lives, and Disney have launched a range of new 10 Minute Shake Ups teaching materials. The initiative aims to help kids move more throughout the school day and across the summer holidays.

Inspired by six magical Disney stories, 10 Minute Shake Ups have been designed to get kids active as part of Disney’s long-term commitment to make healthy living simple and fun by using the strong connections kids have with its stories and characters. To help embed physical activity into children’s daily routines, 3.5 million 10 Minute Shake Ups packs have been distributed to the majority of state Primary schools in England.


Teachers are urged to use the free curriculum-linked teaching resources in class, including suitcase worksheets to use in school, plus passports and stickers to send home with pupils. This means that pupils can plan their own activities in school using the suitcase worksheets, before taking their passport and stickers home to record their activity over the summer holidays.


For the first time, Change4Life is providing resources tailored to different age groups within key stages: Lower Key Stage 1, Upper Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2. All the resources link directly to the PE curriculum and provide supplementary support for PSHE, English and spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development.


The Disney-inspired lesson plans and supporting materials aim to encourage pupils to keep moving all summer long. Pupils can find out about their favourite Disney characters’ skills and activities including those from Zootropolis, Frozen Fever, Beauty and the Beast, Moana and The Lodge, as well as Pixar’s Cars 3.



“Being active during the school day is not just good for physical health, but also helps children stay alert throughout the school day,” said Eustace De Sousa, national lead for children, young people & families at Public Health England. “10 Minute Shake Ups are a great way for children to have fun while they exercise throughout the school day. It also sets them up to take these healthy habits home during the summer holidays.”


Natalie Musker, former Year 1 teacher at Sylvester Primary School in Huyton, Liverpool, said: “I’m delighted to see 10 Minute Shake Ups supporting teachers and parents to keep children active and energized. The programme provides excellent cross-curricular links to help teachers in delivering a broad and balanced experience at school. My pupils love the link to Disney and I know this will appeal to children of all ages.”


Search Change4Life/schools to download the new 10 Minute Shake Up activities and lesson plans. Teachers and head teachers can also sign up to the School Zone newsletter to hear about new resources launching in the autumn term.

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