We love to hear your stories on how the Daily Boost is working in your School, what you do for your Boosts and how it's benefitting your School and pupils. If you want to share your story, please contact Anita Bird at the contact details below.
"The children and staff have been fully engaged and loving the Daily Boost. Every single class in our school does an absolute minimum of 15 minutes a day - lots do more.
Our children do a range of things from 15 minutes of GoNoodle, yoga, fitness or a daily mile. Our school is passionate about becoming an Active School and the Daily Boost is a huge aspect of this.
My children in class Elmer (Year 1/2) come in every morning and start their day with a Daily Boost - they all chant "All active so we're ready to learn!".
Knighton Mead Academy
Knighton Mead Academy signed-up to the Daily Boost in April 2019 and haven't looked back! They have over 87% of pupils taking part and in 2019/20 won the 'Highest Total Time' Award with an amazing 5011 days, 1 hour and 15 minutes of Boost activity!
Here's their story...
Why Daily Boost? "We had previously taken part in the Daily Mile but pupils had lost interest so we wanted something that had more variety and we have limited space in school so if the weather was bad, we didn't have an alternative."
What benefits has your school experienced? "We have seen a great improvement in health and wellbeing, the pupils demonstrate a good understanding of wellbeing, sharing, teamwork, the importance of looking after themselves and the ethos behind it.
We have seen improved confidence, the pupils trying new skills without any feelings of judgement i.e. boys skipping and hula hooping and really enjoying it."
What has worked well? "Key Stage 1 has a daily afternoon timeslot and Key Stage 2 a morning timeslot within which they will take part in a Daily Boost session. The collaboration with staff, TA's to ensure equipment is set up and prioritising the importance of these activities. Each class can do an activity that suits them, the variety is giving the teachers and their pupils flexibility."
Why should other Schools get involved in the Daily Boost? "It offers flexibility and variety to suit each class and the pupils love it and offers a perfect brain break for pupils, It's easy to set-up and we received good support from Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport to get started."
Head Teacher: "The Daily Boost gives children the opportunity to use a range of character muscles which we value highly at Knighton Mead. It also ensures that children of all ages are exposed to a wide range of physical activity, using lots of different equipment, which they often then apply during free time. We have seen a noticeable increase in pupils independently engaging with activities as well as a raised focus in lessons."
Pupils: "I think it's really good and helps you get ready for the next lesson." "I really like Daily Boost because it gets us ready for the day."
Ab Kettleby School
Ab Kettleby School joined the Daily Boost in 2018 and have had 100% school participation in the programme! During 2019/20 each pupil averaged 45 days, 7 hours and 18 minutes of boost activity which resulted in them winning the 'Highest Average Minutes Per Pupil' Award!
Have a read of their story...
Why Daily Boost? "We had previously taken part in the Golden Mile but we wanted to have a more sustainable offer, which also offered more variety to our pupils."
How did you get involved? "It was easy to get involved, and we have been supported by Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport staff, who have provided IT support where needed, pupil workshops, presentation assemblies."
What benefits has your School experienced?" We have observed the increased fitness in our children, particularly the pupils that traditionally may not have got involved with sport."
What has worked well? "Our Daily Boost activity is timetabled involving the whole school which has made it easier to monitor. We have had full support from our Head teacher and other staff members. The children enjoy being able to do a variety of activities which has kept them motivated."
What advice would you share with other schools? "The programme is easy to get involved with, the children have really enjoyed the activities and we received good support from Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport."
Head Teacher: "We have seen better behaviour for learning in class, increased understanding of social and wellbeing issues, and improve resilience in our pupils. Physical activity benefits have paid off with attainment in school."
Pupils: "When is Zoom coming again". "I get out in the fresh air and am feeling healthier"
Fernvale Primary School
Fernvale Primary School have managed to involve 86% of their School in the Daily Boost during 2019/20 which involved 488 Boost sessions!
Here's their story so far...
How did you get involved? "We arranged a staff workshop with Anita from Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport in which all staff attended to understand the programme. Supported by our Head Teacher, we involved the Student Council to identify what pupils would like to do. With support from Jenny Booth our PE Teacher, staff decided what they were able to deliver and a good collaborative approach got us underway."
What benefits has your School experienced? "We have seen increased enthusiasm, improved physical stamina in a good number of pupils and they have been re-energised, particularly in the afternoons."
Have the Boost Resources worked for you? "Yes, we have used the certificates for the pupils and they enjoyed receiving the Boost bands and in particular the visit from Zoom! We have also used ideas from the website for our activities."
Somerby Primary School
Somerby Primary School joined the Daily Boost back in 2018 and have 100% school participation. This helps them win 'Highest Percentage of School Participation' in the 2019/20 Awards!
Here's their story...
What benefits has your school experienced? We have observed the increased fitness in our children, particularly the pupils that traditionally may not have got involved in sport/activity.
What has worked well? Our Daily Boost activity is timetabled 3 times per week involving the whole school. We have had full support from our Headteacher and other staff members. The children enjoy being able to do a variety of activities which has kept them motivated.
Have the resources been fit for purpose? The pupils enjoy receiving their certificates and the boost bands. They really enjoy taking part and look forward to visits from Zoom the Daily Boost Mascot!
What advice would you share with other schools? "Give it a go! There are plenty of resources available and there is always someone available from Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport to help with the setting up and general advice and support" PE Co-Ordinator
For more information and to get involved please contact:
Assistant Sport Development Officer
Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport
- Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport, SportPark, 3 Oakwood Drive, Loughborough, Leics, LE11 3QF