Your Stories

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.

Tom Dandolo (All Saints CofE Primary) said:

"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!".

Dance Maynia

Badgerbrook Primary School

Badgerbrook Primary School registered with the Daily Boost in March 2021 and have really got involved with the latest Dance MAYnia Challenge. They have won the prize for adding data to the Daily Boost tracker and it has been great to see that for Summer Term 1 over 378 Boosts were achieved by the school, equating to almost 9 days of activity per pupil!

Here's more on their story so far...

What motivated you to get involved with Daily Boost? "We attended Health & Wellbeing training for the school and through this we were signposted to the Daily Boost programme and it has been great to get involved with."

What Daily Boost activity do you do? "We make sure to do a variety of activity and over the latest challenge have really enjoyed learning hip hop and lots more. We really encourage student voice, so a big variety of activity is done on a regular basis."

Do you use any Daily Boost resources? "To monitor Daily Boost activity we use the classroom wallcharts as we find these nice and easy to use and we have also loved making use of the Challenges page on the website for extra inspiration during the challenges."

Top tips for any other schools looking to get involved? "Mix it up! Some days we can fit 15 minutes in, other days we break up the work with 5 minute mini boosts. The children love their brain breaks and soon find their favourite activities which they love repeating!"

What are your future plans? "We definitely plan to continue with the Daily Boost and link it in with other programmes as it works well for this. As much as their is a priority on getting children caught up academically, health and wellbeing is massively important so will continue to champion this."

KS2 Teacher Quote: "We love the Daily Boost - it's much more beneficial then cramming in extra academic work. The children are refreshed and revived!"

June 2021

Congerstone Primary School

Congerstone Primary School registered to the Daily Boost during our latest Dance MAYnia Challenge, so are one of the newest schools to the programme! They were motivated to get involved with Daily Boost and the dance challenge because it is sociable, fun and works nicely in the school and classroom environment.

Read more of their story here...

When do you do Daily Boost? "We tend to do our sessions during lunchtime as we find this the easiest for both staff and children. We are yet to try the 'mini boosts' on offer but don't want to put staff under too much pressure so will look to do this in the future."

Did you monitor any activity? "Currently we do not use any of the Daily Boost monitoring tools, however Anita has introduced us to them and we may look to use these in the future."

What are your future plans with Daily Boost? "We would like to have the school calendar of Daily Boost events so that we can forward plan for the next academic year and ensure we can get thoroughly involved in the challenges and general boost activity."

Teacher: "The children love to be active and love skipping and dancing. The challenge created a positive, happy atmosphere after being drained and fed up with the current Covid situation!"

June 2021

Orchard Community Primary School

Orchard Community Primary School have been part of the Daily Boost programme since June 2019 and have loved getting involved in all of the new challenges the programme has introduced over the past year, with 439 pupils taking part!

Here's their story...

What Daily Boost Activity do you do? "Currently the teachers deliver the Daily Boost programme within the classroom environment and our lunchtime supervisors get involved with leading 'happy playtimes' for the pupils."

How do you monitor Daily Boost Activity? "We have been using the scorecards during the challenges, which has been great because every child is able to have the opportunity to colour in the form and take ownership over their activity levels. It's also very easy to use as a monitoring method."

School Quote: "The children have really enjoyed the Dance MAYnia Challenge this term. As a school we have particularly enjoyed trying to incorporate it into the Paralympic challenges from LRS!"

Any top tips for other schools wanting to get involved? "Make sure you do this as a whole class so that you achieve 100% participation and keep it fun to engage every pupil."

Future Plans? "It would be great to have Daily Boost ambassadors in the school who can take ownership over some of the sessions."

June 2021

Spring Challenge Winners

Thythorn Field Community Primary School

Thythorn Field Primary School have been a part of the Daily Boost programme since December 2018 and have really got involved with our most recent 'Skip Into Spring' Challenge to teach the children new skills and each pupil has managed to do activity which equates to 3 days & 15 mins of activity!

Here's their story so far...

How did you find the most recent DB Challenge? "We loved the skipping challenge as it brought the whole school together and a new staff member was able to teach old skipping rhymes, which the children really enjoyed!"

How do you monitor Daily Boost activity? "For the challenge we used the dedicated scorecards, which we found very easy to use and at the end we just posted them to Anita at LRS to update on the tracker. We have also used classroom wallcharts, but may look into using the digital one for the future - so a bit of everything."

What activity do you do? "We were previously involved in the Daily Mile, which our Year 6 children still do, however we use a variety of resources and get support from our local School Sport lead to do a variety of activities and then the challenge inspired us to really get into skipping"

Any top tips for other schools looking to get involved? "Plan out your sessions at the start of the week and share the expectation with the children. Also make sure to integrate as teachers and get involved with them to help understanding as well as showing your value and enjoyment in physical activity too!"

Teacher: "The Daily Boost 'Skip Into Spring' Challenge reconnected the school as a community and gave the children an opportunity to have a boost to help with their learning. We really saw the impact of doing this with regards to the behaviour of pupils overall."

April 2021

Stonebow Primary School

Stonebow Primary School have been part of the Daily Boost programme since Summer 2019 and have every year group participating. Despite the challenges school's have faced this past year, Stonebow have uploaded data for every term and have currently achieved over 672 Boost sessions!

Read more of their story here...

What are your Daily Boost sessions like? "We have embedded Daily Boost activity into school sessions, so every class does at least 3 x sessions a week. Our sports leaders deliver creative sessions and we occasionally use the website and Challenges for inspiration - this half term we used skipping ropes more than we would have due to the Skipping Challenge."

How do you monitor activity? "We use the classroom wallcharts to monitor Daily Boost activity. At first we were a bit unsure if we were monitoring correctly, however after some time and with the help of Anita at LRS we now have no problems and it is a great way to keep track."

Any top tips for another school looking to get involved? "Encourage help from the children to deliver DB sessions, using their ideas and the help of the sports leaders, as this is more motivating and fun from their point of view. Also, greater inspiration from sports leaders positively influences the children's engagement."

Teacher: "We love the fact that the less active pupils get involved and experience the benefits of physical activity, therefore the programme isn't just geared towards already active kids."

April 2021

Riverside Community Primary School

Riverside Community Primary School originally signed-up to the Daily Boost back in 2018, however have since re-signed up in 2020 after being inspired by the launch of our new Challenges! They are one of our four lucky Spring Challenge winners, securing a £50 sport equipment voucher for their school!

Hear some more of their story...

How did you get involved? "We received a promotional email from Anita at LRS which motivated our school to get involved with the Skip Into Spring Challenge and it has been great fun! Winning a prize is an added bonus too."

How do you monitor the Daily Boost? "We used the scorecards for this Challenge and we really enjoyed them as it meant the pupils could be independent in monitoring their own activity levels. As we continue with the Daily Boost we will be using the classroom wallcharts, a great way for everyone to see how we are doing."

Have you seen any benefits from doing Daily Boost? "It has been a great way to engage children in positive physical activity and this encouragement of participation has shown an improvement in health and wellbeing."

What advice would you share with another school? "The Daily Boost is engaging and allows flexibility and independence for all children taking part. It allows a two way street - pupils get to be more active, whilst teachers have a brain break too, therefore it really does benefit everyone in school, so get involved!"

What are your future plans? "We definitely plan to continue doing the Daily Boost and look forward to hearing about Challenges ahead of time to get them officially embedded into the annual school plans!"

April 2021

Langmoor Primary School

Langmoor Primary School signed up to the Daily Boost in March 2021, during our Skip Into Spring Challenge, as they were intrigued by what the Daily Boost may have to offer to their school. Whilst they were not able to take part in the challenge due to time pressures, it has been an opportunity to learn more about the Daily Boost and can see that this will be something that can be introduced in the new academic year.

Here is their story so far...

What are your future plans with Daily Boost? "After our consultation and welcome meeting with Anita at LRS, we have identified a number of opportunities, such as meaningful movement and structured playground activity, where Daily Boost could be introduced during the school day. We have found that after lockdown the children struggle to get through 2 hour blocks of learning, therefore we have introduced 10 minute daily play breaks , to allow routine cleaning down and gives both the children and teachers the opportunity to reenergise. Simply by extending them to 15 minutes will ensure we are doing our Daily Boosts :-)

How can we at the Daily Boost aid and assist your school? "Staying in touch and supporting us where and when needed to implement the Daily Boost into our school routine would be appreciated as well as providing resource."

Head Teacher: "Now I understand how we can use the DB in our school, and how it will benefit our pupils to overcome their current challenges, we will definitely be able to introduce in the new academic year."

Annual Award Winners 2020/21

Badgerbrook Primary School

Badgerbrook Primary School signed-up to the Daily Boost in March 2021 and have won the 'Highest Total Time' Award in 2020/21 with an amazing 5245 days, 4 hours, 15 mins of Daily Boost time of Boost activity!

Here's their story...

Why Daily Boost? "We felt the Daily Boost would be easy to implement, we liked that it had such a flexible approach."

What benefits has your school experienced? "Whilst the priority is to get children caught up academically, health and wellbeing is massively important which we continue to champion. It has been great to see the children enjoying taking part in brain breaks, they have been refreshed and revived."

What has worked well? "Some days we can fit in 15 minutes. Other days we break up the work with 5-minute mini-boosts. The children love their brain-breaks and soon find their favourite activities which they love to repeat!"

Lead teacher: "I first heard about the Daily Boost when I attended online training, focusing on wellbeing in schools following the Covid 19 pandemic. Being an advocate of physical exercise myself, and knowing the benefits it can have both for the mind and the body, I googled 'Daily Boost' and quickly arranged a meeting with Anita. The initiative was launched at Badgerbrook in the Spring of 2021. All year groups enthusiastically took part and their activities ranged from boot camp style training, to using the parachute, skipping, running and yoga! Teachers use the wall charts to mark when pupils have taken part and I input each class's totals half termly onto the website. The children love receiving their wristbands!"

Headteacher: "The children absolutely love doing the Daily Boost! It's an excellent way of getting them feeling positive, motivated and ready to learn! Lots of children were impacted mentally and physically from the Covid lockdowns, and the Daily Boost is beneficial for both the children's physical health and their mental health and well-being. As an added bonus the children got to meet Zoom too! "

Pupils: "I love the Daily Boost! It's a great brain-break that doesn't involve thinking!"

Ab Kettleby School

Ab Kettleby School joined the Daily Boost in 2018 and continue to run Daily Boost sessions every day with every pupil taking part! They have managed to increase their participation to a staggering average per pupil of 55 days, 16 hours and 27 minutes of logged Daily Boost activity during the academic year. which has resulted in them winning the 'Highest Average Minutes Per Pupil' Award for the second year running!

Have a read of their story...

Why Daily Boost? "Daily Boost offered a flexible approach, making it accessible to all and it provides individual pupil rewards which we really appreciate."

What benefits has your School experienced? "Our pupils continue to show a great deal of enthusiasm to be active and have a good understanding of how important it is for them."

What advice would you share with other schools? "Once you get started, you won't want to stop."

Lead teacher: "We have Daily Boost timetabled in, with full support from our Head. We are able to use SIMs to do the monitoring which makes it really easy to stay on track."

Headteacher: "AB Kettleby have been part of the Daily Boost for years, in fact we were one of the first schools to take part. So much so, we were famously on East Midlands Today sharing our successes! Many children tend to spend too much time sedentary especially with covid restrictions or overuse of devices and the daily boost counteracts this, increasing their physical activity. It improves their concentration, their energy levels and we have seen an improvement in their fitness, irrespective of their starting points. It is priceless."

Pupils: "Daily Boost is FUN and really enjoyable, it makes me feel refreshed, energised and gets your blood pumping"

North Mead Primary Academy

North Mead Primary School joined Daily Boost in September 2019 and they have won Zoom's Award, in recognition of their participation and social media coverage.

Here's their story so far...

Why Daily Boost? "We wanted to ensure that pupils had the opportunity to access more physical activity over and above the PE provision to achieve the 60 minutes per day CMO guidelines. We liked the fact that it is very flexible, that we could create our Daily Boost sessions to suit our pupils and the school."

What benefits has your School experienced? "We have seen an improvement in mental health and wellbeing, the Daily Boost has really helped post lockdown."

Have the Boost Resources worked for you? "The pupils love getting their Boost Bands, and we like that we have access to ideas on the webpage."

Why should other schools get involved? "When we first started, we had to encourage the children to take part, now the Children are the driving force."

Headteacher: "The staff and children at North Mead love participating in Daily Boost and we enjoy finding new ways to exercise and meet our physical activity goals. Being physically active in such a fun and sociable way has been particularly important post lockdown, and has also had a positive impact on the children's mental wellbeing. We are delighted to win the Daily Boost award this year."

Lead Teacher: "There is no child that complains when it is daily boost time and they love getting their bands"

Pupil: " I like being able to try different things, I really like skipping"

Old Dalby C of E Primary School

Old Dalby C of E Primary School joined the Daily Boost back in 2019 and 898 sessions have taken place this year. This helps them win the 'Highest number of Daily Boost Sessions' in the 2020/21 Awards!

Here's their story...

Why Daily Boost? "What attracted us to Daily Boost was how flexible it was for the children. We can input it into our class lesson structure as and when we feel it is needed. We do it every day. Over the last year we have tried to encourage the children to do the Daily Boost in different ways which have included running and also using the balance bikes."

Have the resources been fit for purpose? "We are always looking for new ideas to keep the children interested in the daily boost. The webpage is very useful for that."

What advice would you share with other schools? "It has been a great addition to our school, why not try it at yours?"

What has worked well? "We have used the Daily Boost themed challenges to keep our sessions interesting. This year Daily Boost has partnered with Move it Boom , the whole school is taking part. The children felt that it was a good personal touch that they got their own logging and password and will also earn Boost Points to earn their Boost Bands."

Lead teacher: "Knowing that the children are getting 15 minutes of exercise a day, alongside there Pe once a week makes me happy''

Headteacher: "Daily boost is important in our school. it refreshes minds.''

Pupils: "I have done daily boost every day while I am in school for as long as I can remember. My X factor times tables have improved weekly and that is down to doing the Daily Boost before times tables."

Orchard Community Primary School

Orchard Community Primary School joined the Daily Boost in July 2019 and have won the Daily Boost Award for Highest % of School participation with 7721 total attendances and 291 Boosts.

Here's their story so far...

Why Daily Boost? "Daily Boost offers flexibility, you can take part inside, outside, in the classroom, small spaces or large spaces making it very easy to implement. It is inclusive and offers activity for the least active pupils."

What has worked well? "Full class participation has worked well, easy method of monitoring which the pupils have been responsible for. The flexibility has allowed activity to take part at any time of the day."

Lead teacher: "School has become more active, more activity focussed with children that are keen to engage and develop their own activities, which has helped to embed the importance of daily physical activity into their lives both at school and at home."

Headteacher: "The daily boost was a really great addition to our day as it showed the children how much we value physical activity and gave them an opportunity to expend some energy to be ready and focused for the classroom."

Pupils: " I like doing the Daily Boost it makes be feel happy and Joyful."

"I always feel energised after our Daily Boost and ready to learn in class."

For more information please contact:

Anita Bird

Anita Bird

Assistant Sport Development Officer

Active Together

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