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Wake and Shake

Sophie is a Primary Teacher who is currently working with our Bristol branch. Sophie explains a get active initiative called Wake and Shake and why you should consider using it. 

Wake and Shake

One idea to get the children up and ready to learn in the morning is Wake and Shake. I think this is a great programme for all ages to join in and get moving. Wake and Shake allows the children to discover easy to learn movements with lively music. It can be used at the start of the day to bring children into school with a focused and motivated mood to learn. It could also be used when the children get a bit restless as a means of re-energising the children and bringing the focus back. It can be done anywhere and anytime and it will only take 5 to 10 minutes, it is a great filler that keeps the children active and engaged. 

It builds children’s confidence by allowing them to laugh and relax with each other. The programme mostly focuses on Early Years and Key Stage One and allowing these children to grow. It helps the children’s self-esteem by having a task they can focus on and enjoy. It can also bring better behaviour as the children keep focused when they would usually start to lose their concentration. It improves coordination by allowing the children to experiment with timing and rhythm in a different form. The aim is to get both sides of the brain working and cooperating, which will allow the children to truly put every effort into their individual work.

Although the programme is focused on the lower years you could always adapt the programme for Key Stage Two. You could use the same tracks and come up with your own movements or you can have as much freedom as you want to with Wake and Shake. The children can relate to the music by picking a track they all know and this will allow all year groups to make the most of this programme. One idea is to have one child each day to come up and take the lead of a Wake and Shake, this is a brilliant way to get everyone involved and bring the classroom to life.  Schools that are participating in this programme have seen differences in motivation and attainment and you can be involved in this too. You will see a better outcome from the children when you are on supply if they are concentrating. Get them up and use Wake and Shake to make your class have a strong start to the day.

Do you use Wake and Shake? Or something similar? We'd like to hear about it. Email us at teacherservices@protocol-education.com or leave a comment on TwitterFacebook, or Google+


Tags: SophieW, Bristol, NQT, supply, exercise, activity, wake-up, movement, KS1, PE

Category: Australian Teachers


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