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New Study Reveals Primary School Aged Children Learn Better After Physical Activity

A new Super Movers study has demonstrated the positive effect exercise has on the learning power of children at primary school age. The study looked at the impact of physical activity on behaviour and classroom achievement, with 77% of participating schools noting an improvement in brain function and learning in their pupils after exercise.

Super Movers is a BBC and Premier League initiative which helps teachers inspire primary school children to get more active and boost their learning throughout their school day.

One of the schools involved was Tweedmouth Middle School, who work with Newcastle United Foundation.

The research was led by the Super Movers team and Professor Eef Hogervorst, Professor of Biological Psychology in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University. The study tested the impact of physical activity and the effects it has on learning with more than 1,000 pupils from 17 primary schools from across the UK.

The school children were split into two groups – a group that exercised and a group that did not.

The exercise group completed 50 minutes of physical activity including circuit-style training and choreography copied from Super Movers active classroom resources and then performed a series of cognitive tasks to establish if the exercise helped boost their attention span and improve theirlearning, compared to their classmates who did no physical activity.

Findings from the study indicated that brain speed, the ability to process information and apply it to tasks, increased by up to 19% after exercise. Physical activity also significantly improved mood in all

the children who exercised, with twice as many boys in the exercise group showing a clear linkbetween improved mood and increased brain speed compared to the non-exercise control group.

Professor Eef Hogervorst said: “The nationwide experiment has yielded some really encouraging results and shows that with less than an hour of enjoyable physical exercise in a day, we can see some real improvements to children’s learning. It has long been established that exercise can boost brain function, but to see such significant results across the board confirms that fun exercise, like the Super Movers resources, can make a real difference.”

To find out more information, please visit: www.bbc.co.uk/supermovers


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