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Early years cognitive development is linked to physical activity

In the same way that birds fly, fish swim and animals move, toddlers are designed to toddle. The joy on their faces, from the first steps a child takes, shows that they are indulging in the potential of their freedom of movement (albeit stumbling and tumb…
In the same way that birds fly, fish swim and animals move, toddlers are designed to toddle. The joy on their faces, from the first steps a child takes, shows that they are… https://sportxplorers.co.uk/blog/2018/11/early-years-cognitive-development-linked-physical-activity/

All that the outdoors has to offer…

There is a good reason why it is called the ‘great’ outdoors, and it is not just because of the vastness of everything outside. It is because the countryside, the fresh air, the freeness to move, run and play, and the human connection that we instinctivel…
There is a good reason why it is called the ‘great’ outdoors, and it is not just because of the vastness of everything outside. It is because the countryside, the fresh air, the… https://sportxplorers.co.uk/blog/2018/10/all-outdoors-has-offer/

Enhancing the lives of the under fives

According to the NHS website children under the age of five should not be inactive for long periods of time unless they are sleeping. Included in its ‘inactivity’ descriptions are watching TV, travelling in the car, being strapped in a buggy and other sed…
According to the NHS website children under the age of five should not be inactive for long periods of time unless they are sleeping. Included in its ‘inactivity’ descriptions are… https://sportxplorers.co.uk/blog/2018/05/enhancing-lives-under-fives/

Teaching Time vs Preparation Time

For most teachers, the time spent planning lessons and administrating their work massively outweighs the time they get to spend actually teaching children. It is one of those ‘chicken and egg’ or ‘having your cake and eating it’ scenarios which is a very …
For most teachers, the time spent planning lessons and administrating their work massively outweighs the time they get to spend actually teaching children. It is one of those… https://sportxplorers.co.uk/blog/2018/04/teaching-time-vs-preparation-time/

Role play in early life plays a big role in later life!

All children are born with an innate desire to play. Whether they are shy, outgoing, intellectual or deeply thoughtful by nature, after a few moments of play they will soon be lost in the moment. Studies show that play is an essential part of the way that…
All children are born with an innate desire to play. Whether they are shy, outgoing, intellectual or deeply thoughtful by nature, after a few moments of play they will soon be… https://sportxplorers.co.uk/blog/2018/02/role-play-early-life-plays-big-role-later-life/

Physical skills can help with numeracy

There is a research out there that physical skills can play a big role in contributing towards children’s growing understanding of numbers, shapes and more…
There is a research out there that physical skills can play a big role in contributing towards children’s growing understanding of numbers, shapes and more… Here are a few… https://sportxplorers.co.uk/blog/2017/10/physical-skills-can-help-numeracy/

What Adults Can Learn From Children

Children are great at living in the moment. They have a natural curiosity about the world they live in. They are discovering the world in the moment. There is no past or present links with things. They don’t already have pre-formed judgements of things an…
Children are great at living in the moment. They have a natural curiosity about the world they live in. They are discovering the world in the moment. There is no past or present… https://sportxplorers.co.uk/blog/2017/06/what-adults-can-learn-children/

Outdoor Learning and the benefits…

There are countless benefits to outdoor play, but over the last decade we’ve experienced a real cultural shift in our society that’s reduced the access and use of outdoors for many young children.
There are countless benefits to outdoor play, but over the last decade we’ve experienced a real cultural shift in our society that’s reduced the access and use of outdoors for… https://sportxplorers.co.uk/blog/2017/03/outdoor-learning-and-benefits/

10 Reasons To Embrace Physical Activity

Encouraging children to be physically active is unquestionably important and here are 10 reasons why you should ensure that EYFS children in your setting are active.
Encouraging children to be physically active is unquestionably important and here are 10 reasons why you should ensure that EYFS children in your setting are active.… https://sportxplorers.co.uk/blog/2017/02/10-reasons-embrace-physical-activity/

Early Bedtimes Can Reduce Chances of Obesity

Ensuring Early Years children are tucked up at a reasonable time can be tricky – but it’s well worth the effort. A recent study carried out by the Ohio State University College of Public Health discovered that pre-schoolers that are consistently in be…
Ensuring Early Years children are tucked up at a reasonable time can be tricky – but it’s well worth the effort. A recent study carried out by the Ohio State University College… https://sportxplorers.co.uk/blog/2017/02/early-bedtimes-can-reduce-chances-obesity/

Some Schools Are Focusing On The Wrong Things! Is Your School?

Is there too much emphasis placed in the wrong areas when it comes to PE in schools, especially Early Years? I want to make, what I believe, is a very important point. In Early Years, we know children can take a while to get changed. Let’s say on averag…
Is there too much emphasis placed in the wrong areas when it comes to PE in schools, especially Early Years? I want to make, what I believe, is a very important point. In… https://sportxplorers.co.uk/blog/2017/02/some-schools-are-focusing-wrong-things-your-school/

5 Tips to Improve Your PE Lessons

Here are 5 tips that will help you when teaching PE.
Here are 5 tips that will help you when teaching PE. 1, Get the children active. You should plan for at least 80% of your lesson to be physical, so plan lots of activities and… https://sportxplorers.co.uk/blog/2017/02/5-tips-improve-your-pe-lessons/

10 key benefits of role play for children

Here is a list of the key benefits of role play in Early Years.
Here is a list of the key benefits of role play in Early Years. Develops communication and language skills, Allows children to act out and make sense of real-life situations,… https://sportxplorers.co.uk/blog/2017/01/10-key-benefits-role-play-children/

3 Great Games To Improve A Child’s Spatial Awareness

Having a bank of ideas to challenge children’s Physical Development can be challenging sometimes. Especially if you’re not a PE specialist. So, I want to take an important skill that children need to develop, like, spatial awareness, and give you thre…
Having a bank of ideas to challenge children’s Physical Development can be challenging sometimes. Especially if you’re not a PE specialist. So, I want to take an important… https://sportxplorers.co.uk/blog/2017/01/3-great-games-improve-childs-spatial-awareness/

Long Term Plan - EYFS PE.

Sometimes knowing where to start with a long-term plan for PE can be challenging. You need to consider the classes ability, how best to build upon previous learning and what activities are most appropriate to do when. So, here’s a rough guide on w…
Sometimes knowing where to start with a long-term plan for PE can be challenging. You need to consider the classes ability, how best to build upon previous learning and what… https://sportxplorers.co.uk/blog/2017/01/long-term-plan-eyfs-pe/

The Secret Life of 5 Year olds

Did you watch the current series of the Channel 4 programme ‘The Secret Life of 5 Year olds’? The programme is hugely entertaining and gives the viewers a great insight into the… https://sportxplorers.co.uk/blog/2016/12/secret-life-5-year-olds/

The Secret Ingredient that’s missing…

We all know the importance of Physical Activity and high-quality lessons in schools should be a right of all children - but is not always the case. However, there is a way that… https://sportxplorers.co.uk/blog/2016/12/secret-ingredient-thats-missing/