Last Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

My fitness routine – first level

What is this?

In this activity children will consider what movements will help them to maintain fitness. They will develop a fitness routine or dance to share with their peers. They will use their talking and listening skills to share clear instructions to allow others to join in.

Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) experiences and outcomes: First level

Health and wellbeing

  • I am discovering ways that I can link actions and skills to create movement patterns and sequences. This has motivated me to practise and improve my skills to develop control and flow. (HWB 1-21a)
  • I am developing skills and techniques and improving my level of performance. (HWB 1-22a)

Literacy and English

  • I can communicate clearly when engaging with others within and beyond my place of learning, using selected resources as required. (LIT 1-10a)

Purpose of the activity

Children will be able to create a short fitness routine or dance.

Learning activity

  • Ask children if they can remember what the rules around exercise were during the initial stages of lockdown. Invite children to explain what sorts of things they and their family did to keep fit. Some children may choose to demonstrate. Explain to children that people all over the world had to find ways to keep fit and healthy. Point out that going out to exercise for half an hour a day was one of the few times people were allowed outside their home. Explain that many people found ways to keep fit indoors or outdoors. Show children examples of dance and fitness routines developed during lockdown by creative people.
  • Ask children to work in pairs or trios. Invite children to develop a short fitness routine or dance lasting around one minute. Prompt children to remember to consider how they will use different body parts, such as, arms, legs, hips, feet and shoulders. Use a timer to demonstrate, so children know how long a minute of dance or other fitness lasts. Online stopwatch. Alternatively, children could select a song they like and make their routine last the length of the song. If they wish, they could use household or classroom objects as props as seen in the short film ‘training shoes’.
  • Invite children to share their routine with the rest of the class. They will have to explain each step very clearly so that others can participate.

Extension activity

  • Ask children to do their routine every day for one week. On the first day ask them to note how they feel. How fast is their breathing? On day seven ask them to compare how they feel completing their routine compared to day one. Invite children to explain any changes in how they now feel after completing their routine.

National Benchmarks

Health and wellbeing

  • Shows awareness of the space around them and the space of others and is beginning to use this information to control movements.
  • Shows control over movement in personal and shared space which includes adapting to changes in speed, direction and level.
  • Shows awareness of body parts and body positions when performing a range of different movements.

Literacy and English

  • Communicates clearly and audibly.

Possible approach to assessing learning

When planning your approach to assessing learning, please take account of the latest guidance on assessment approaches.

  • When children share their routine with others ask their peers if there is anything they would like to change?
  • Ask children to identify how well their peers follow their instructions. If the instructions are clear their peers should be able to follow them well. Children will need to change their instructions if others cannot follow them.