We know that keeping active is good for your physical and mental health!
At Ghyll Royd School, our children enjoy an average of 10 hours of physical activity each week through play times, PE, games afternoons, swimming, fixtures, gymnastics and extracurricular clubs!
Our pupils enjoy a variety of sports, with many part of local, regional and event national sports teams. We have footballers, hockey players, golfers, tennis players, gymnasts and more and we want to help them and others continue enjoying sport whilst their clubs are on hold.
We’ve put together a list of the best at home, child friendly activities to suit all ages of all interests. Whether you’re a yoga fanatic, love high intensity workouts or are missing playing in a team sport, we’ve created a list that works for you!
For the little ones
Cbeebies star Andy has a playlist of Wild Workouts online, specifically created for children aged 18 months to 5 years old. The videos are great fun as well as educational! In one episode, Andy takes us to the beach where he shows you how to move like a hermit crab and shares facts about the animals as he moves.
For the fitness fanatics
We are a big fan of The Body Coach Joe Wicks’ workouts! He was due to go on a schools tour the week lockdown began and has spent the last 2 months providing High Intensity workouts for schoolchildren around the world! He keeps the workouts interesting by incorporating quizzes and spot the difference games. Joe goes live every weekday from 9.00am, or you can watch all his videos on his YouTube channel.
Our Reception children love Cosmic Kids Yoga! The videos children focus and promotes yoga and mindfulness as part of every day. Jaime uses familiar stories and children’s interests to engage them in calming activities. The Cosmic Kids Yoga YouTube channel has access to full videos and also some previews. If you want the full videos, you will need to download the app and subscribe.
For sports fans
Tennis and golf courses open now!
The latest guidance from the government allows you to play tennis or golf with someone from your household. You can check if local sport venues are open using playfinder.com.
For the dancers
Everyone loves a boogie! Ghyll Royd School hosted a virtual school disco in April over on Facebook, with DJ Katie from Tots to Teens Mobile Discos. Zumba is a fun way to raise heart rates and have a party – joining in with cool moves to a lively soundtrack. For more dance, Just Dance has videos available on YouTube. Plus, our very own Miss Brown transforms into Fairy Fitness at 3pm every weekday for a fun workout with your children’s favourite songs. You can find the videos by joining the Happy Hour at Home Facebook page.
For the innovators
Our friends at Bradford School Games share lots of at home sport activities. Relay races from the wash basket to the machine are not only great fun, but a great help for your parents! There are tons of ideas being shared on their Twitter account which use items from around the house to bring sport indoors. There are plenty more ideas being provided by Yorkshire Sport Foundation on Twitter. Find them here or by following their #ThisisPE hashtag.
We can all go out and enjoy the fresh air. Walking, running and cycling with our families has been a positive of the lockdown. Being able to get out into our gorgeous local Yorkshire countryside and up on Ilkley Moor has been something we can take for granted in our busy daily lives.
Conveniently situated on the A65 between Ben Rhydding, Ilkley and Burley in Wharfedale, Ghyll Royd School, Pre-School and Nursery is ideally located for families living in or commuting to the surrounding cities, towns and villages of Ben Rhydding, Ilkley, Burley in Wharfedale, Addingham, Menston, Guiseley, Baildon, Bingley, Otley, Leeds, Bradford, Harrogate, Skipton and Keighley.