What is the Daily Mile?
In February 2012, Headteacher Elaine Wyllie realised that, even though her pupils were taking part in regular PE lessons, many were unfit. She decided to introduce 15 minutes of running around the school field every day, to see what levels of fitness could be achieved in a month. Needless to say, the pupils’ levels of fitness were improved significantly with children averaging 5 laps of the field. This measured out to be about 1 mile, and so ‘The Daily Mile’ was born!
At Ainslie Wood all classes from Y1-Y6 take part in the Daily Mile in the playground, or on the field when it's not too muddy. Don’t worry, they won’t have to run a whole mile straight away. The aim is to build up gradually. Or, if they can already run a mile, in the case of some of our older children, they can keep track of their personal best to see how far they can run in 15 minutes. You could ask your child how many laps they have done today!
If you would like to read more about The Daily Mile and the benefits, please visit: http://thedailymile.co.uk/