Pocklington C.E. Infant School

Happy Children Love Learning

Physical activity

How much exercise should children be getting?

The Chief Medical Officer has made national recommendations on how much physical activity children and adults should be getting:


  1. All children and young people should engage in moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity for at least 60 minutes and up to several hours every day.
  2. Vigorous intensity activities, including those that strengthen muscle and bone, should be incorporated at least three days a week.
  3. All children and young people should minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary (sitting) for extended periods.


Physical education (PE) is a compulsory part of the curriculum for all pupils at every Key Stage, from age 4 to 16.  It is up to schools to determine how much time is devoted to PE in the curriculum but departmental guidance recommends that they should provide pupils with a minimum of two hours curricular PE per week.  The minimum content for each Key Stage is as follows: Foundation and Key Stage 1 – athletics, dance, games, and gymnastics”


Want to know more about the Chief Medical Officer’s recommendations?  Click here:


How do we help the children at our school keep fit and healthy?

We believe that physical education and outdoor activity have an important role in achieving our vision of ‘happy children loving learning’.  Children in our school get at least 2 PE lessons a week but we also support lots of other ways of keeping them active such as active travel, extracurricular clubs, active learning and active playtimes.


To find out about more about:

  • physical activity at our school 
  • active trave
  • extracurricular clubs 
  • active play times - all our pupils have a 15 minute morning playtime as well as time to play outside (weather permitting) over the lunch hour
  • we participate in ‘Our healthy year’ in Reception class, further information is available here:


What can you do to help keep children active?

  • Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day on school days, and 60 minutes a day on other days and strength building activities three times a week.
  • Try to reduce long periods of sitting down by getting them up and doing things.
  • Be a good role model.


Why not try one of the followings activities:

Moderate to vigorous activities:

  • Indoor or outdoor play
  • Active travel (i.e. walk, cycle, scoot, hop, skip, jump to/from school or other places)
  • Bike riding
  • Scooting
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Football
  • Racquet sports
  • Dance


Muscle-strengthening activities:

  • Jumping
  • Climbing
  • Gymnastics
  • Tennis
  • Hopping
  • Skipping


These are just a few suggestions of how you and your child can become active. Why not try and mix up the activities to keep each exercise interesting?

 Looking for inspiration of how to get your child more active? Click here  and here.

To find out what is going on at the local leisure centre, click here