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St John's CE Primary School

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Wake and shake

It engages children of all ages in a fun and lively way, as they learn easy routines to pop music and have a great time! Activities can be maths based, English based or just for fun. After their wake and shake they will approach their class work re-energised and in a ‘state of readiness to learn’.


Where it has been taking place regularly over a long and sustained period of time, teachers have reported an impact in the following areas:-

  • Enjoyment of school life and a sense of well-being (staff too!)
  • Improved self-esteem impacting on other curriculum areas: ‘success breeds success’
  • Improved co-ordination (gross motor skills then impacting on fine motor skills)
  • Improved rhythm and timing ( this has helped with music and dance lessons)
  • Improved concentration and application to tasks immediately after the brief exercise session
  • Increased stamina
  • Improved behaviour (“when done at the end of lunchtime, playground squabbles are forgotten and afternoon class is much better”)
  • Improved hydration (children get thirsty and WANT to drink more)