5-a-day Fitness

5-a-day Fitness is used by hundreds of schools around the world every day, to help increase in-classroom physical activity.

The ultimate fun fitness resource for primary schools, 5-a-day Fitness increases daily physical activity in your school with online, follow-along 5-minute exercise routines designed specifically to be used with classroom screens, or projected onto whiteboards.

The resources can be used in a variety of creative ways, at any time of the day, to enhance learning and the curriculum with ease. There’s no need to rearrange the classroom or change into PE kits*. A perfect opportunity to get pupils up and active first thing in the morning, a mid-lesson energy or brain break, a refocusing tool, use as part of a warm up or cool down during a PE lesson, or to use up any excess energy they may have after lunch or break time.

There’s no teacher training, planning, or preparation, no need to relocate or rearrange furniture, simply log in, select a video, and let your class join in, have fun, get fit and learn!
 
The links between physical exercise, increased concentration, and improved learning have been well documented, scientists have consistently proven that exercise stimulates the brain and prepares it for learning. However, physical activity is often overlooked within academic subjects, where traditional approaches are most commonly used. 5-a-day Fitness believes that five-minute bursts of energy and exercise throughout the school day, that complement the existing curriculum, will help improve your pupils’ academic performance and concentration levels.
 
“Vigorous exercise before learning improves student memory, mood, and behaviour and helps to create a heightened sense of attention. Exercise is the single most powerful tool your have to optimize your brain function.”
- Dr John Ratey. SPARK: How Exercise Will Improve The Performance Of Your Brain
 
Benefits of using 5-a-day Fitness:

  • 5-minute fun fitness breaks.
  • Increases whole school physical activity levels.
  • Creates active learning environments.
  • Prepares children for learning.
  • Practises listening skills.
  • Aids concentration.
  • Relaxation resources included.
  • Cross-curricular language learning.
  • No teacher training or preparation required.
  • No need to change into PE kit.
  • Ideal for classroom use.
  • Key Stage 1 & 2 (K-6).
  • High energy, low impact.
  • Improves coordination.
  • Refocuses children after break or lunchtime.
  • Helps improve musicality.
     

“Children and young people should engage in moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity for an average of at least 60 minutes per day across the week”,
- UK Chief Medical Officers' Physical Activity Guidelines, Gov.UK, 2019

This overarching ambition of 60 minutes per day is also shared within the Department for Education’s School Sport and Activity Action Plan. Furthermore,
 
“Every primary school child should get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day. At least 30 minutes should be delivered in school every day… with the remaining 30 minutes supported by parents and carers outside of school time.”
- Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action. Gov.UK, 2017
 
If every class used 5-a-day Fitness just once a day, perhaps first thing in the morning, that’s 25 minutes extra physical activity a week! Twice a day would be an extra 50 minutes a week, which would go along way to help increase physical activity levels throughout your whole school, without increasing teacher workload or causing disruption to the curriculum.

The Primary School Sport Premium Funding can be used to purchase 5-a-day Fitness for your school. Designed with this in mind, the resource steadily ticks many requirements within the Government Schools Sports Premium. 5-a-day Fitness aims to help schools meet the Government target of providing an extra 30 minutes of daily exercise for pupils within their obesity strategy.

The first Key Indicator of the Government’s initiative is, “Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity”**, 5-a-day Fitness can be used easily and effectively to help directly address this.

5-a-day’s Fitness Channel is a growing collection of 5-minute fun fitness routines with an array of different themes, from Pirates to Superheros, and Pop to Bollywood. These videos are aimed at getting pupils active and ready for learning. Resources can be easily be used at any time during the school day to increase physical activity levels.
 
Fun fitness video resources are also available on 5-a-day’s language channels, with Modern Foreign Language (MFL) voice-overs and on-screen translations. These cross-curricular language learning options are often used as active starters in MFL lessons, providing increased opportunities for additional structured physical activity time during language learning, making 5-a-day TV a great cross-curricular PE and MFL resource.

Many of the videos are available in French, Spanish and Welsh, and 5-a-day is currently working on offering additional languages. These language videos have optional on-screen Key Word translations, thereby improving language reading and listening skills. Our children are growing up in a truly global economy, the ability to speak a multitude of languages will be essential in the future.

Now your class can have fun, get fit, and learn a language!
 
The Time-2-Chill channel is a collection of 2-minute routines concentrating on relaxation, imagination, co-ordination and mindfulness. Living in a society where so much is asked of children from a young age, it’s no surprise to anyone in education that there is an increased occurrence of anxiety in young people, and a decrease in children’s concentration. The Time-2-Chill channel’s aim is to provide an opportunity for relaxation during the hustle and bustle of the school day. Time-2-Chill provides teachers with an easy to access resource, which will help the pupils to reconnect with the lesson and classroom environment, and support improved behaviour for learning.  
 
All of the resources are made in-house, with the music and choreography being written, created and licensed with education and school appropriateness in mind. Each activity routine enhances kinaesthetic learning, and utilises both audio and visual instructions and demonstrations. Resources are differentiated by complexity and speed, which is indicated by an easy to understand star rating system, additionally the language learning resources each have 3 levels of difficulty, making 5-a-day Fitness an amazing cross-curricular physical education and modern foreign language learning tool for Key Stage 1 and 2 (K-6).
 
Offered as a yearly package, subscribing schools get unlimited access to 5-a-day’s easy to use video-on-demand service.
Additionally 5-a-day resources can be used to encourage engagement in physical activity during out of school hours through a Pupil Home Access Option (available as a subscription upgrade), allowing pupils and parents/carers to use 5-a-day Fitness at home, helping to keep pupils active and healthy after school, at the weekend, and over the holidays.
 
5-a-day Fitness is passionate about getting school children and young people active throughout the school day, and beyond. South East UK based, and formed in 2008, 5-a-day Fitness has found its feet in the promotion of physical activity to children and young people, and continues to grow in the education sector. Created by physical education teachers and exercise, dance, and activity specialists, 5-a-day Fitness aims to be easy to use and teacher friendly; especially for those who aren’t confident leading physical activity in the classroom.
In times of increased pressure, especially in relation to time and curriculum delivery, teachers and parents/carers face a big challenges in today’s society in order to help keep children active and healthy. 5-a-day encourages active teaching and active learning environments, and helps increase whole school in-class physical activity levels throughout the school day, whilst complimenting the existing curriculum.

“My first experience with 5-a-day Fitness was as a Partnership Development Manager for Tower Hamlets School Sport Partnership, where the vast majority of primary schools used the product to engage and encourage children to be more active. It was a massive success in getting thousands of children in the borough exercising everyday. I now work in a primary school and all of the classes take part in 5-a-day Fitness every single day. The children thoroughly enjoy the routines and are incredibly enthusiastic about all the activities you can find on 5-a-day TV. We have had regular 5-a-day assemblies where whole year groups have come together and chosen their favourite routines to perform. Our children absolutely love 5-a-day Fitness, it is a major part of their daily routine, and has contributed in making our children fitter, happier, and more focused. I can’t recommend it enough!”
- Chloe Jackson, Primary PE Specialist.
 
Try 5-a-day Fitness in your school today, you won’t be disappointed!

5-a-day Fitness provides a free, no hassle, no catch, two week trial.  Access the full range of premium content across the whole school for two weeks.  Account holders are able to access in-product management tools which allows them to track usage and measure impact before subscribing.

Small school, and school group discounts are available. If your school has under 100 pupils, or is part of a group (e.g. multi-academy trust, school sport partnership, local authority, cluster, private school group, etc and you wish to purchase subscriptions for more than one school), please contact us at info@5-a-dayfitness for further information.
 
*When using 5-a-day Fitness please ensure each pupil or participant has enough clear space to move freely without risking injury to themselves or others. Whilst changing into PE kit is not necessary, please ensure that clothing, especially footwear, is suitable for movement. Please also secure any loose items and remove jewellery.

**www.gov.uk/guidance/pe-and-sport-premium-for-primary-schools