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The importance of PE and Games in the AIS International School Curriculum.

Lower levels of physical activity in children and adolescents in recent years have become a concern for parents and those in the medical and scientific fields.  Active children are more likely to maintain a healthy

Lower levels of physical activity in children and adolescents in recent years have become a concern for parents and those in the medical and scientific fields.  Active children are more likely to maintain a healthy weight, strengthen their bones and muscles, develop socio-emotional skills, heighten their self-esteem and maintain a general feeling of wellbeing.  With the high rates of overweight and obesity in kids, it is also essential to maintain healthy habits during periods of isolation to avoid serious physical and mental health problems. With children spending many of their midweek hours at school, the role that educators play in encouraging and making physical exercise fun is key; and including Games, which promote teamwork, helps to support the physical and emotional balance for children under their charge.

 

 

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health problems of the 21st century, something that could be even more accentuated in times of pandemic due to isolation measures that do not support physical activity. Therefore, although the causes of obesity are multifactorial, experts insist on the importance of educating children about healthy habits from a very young age and stress the importance of the role of parents, especially during periods of isolation that we have been experiencing recently.

 

 

In this context, AIS International School points out that Physical Education (PE) and Games are an integral part of education; and provide the necessary support for children’s all-around development. As well as developing physical skills, PE and Games teach children intellectual skills, helps them navigate complex social situations, and nurture their emotional development. In some cases, these wide-ranging benefits can be overlooked, and some children may try to opt-out.  This is where Games becomes a crucial part of the active curriculum as it is presented in a way that’s fun and where the primary objective is building teams rather than individual competitors.

 

 

Multiple benefits more than exercise.

 

 

 

 

At recess, outside of class, during the weekend… whatever the time, AIS International School fully supports physical exercise in its curriculum due to the positive effects it has beyond physical well-being. It also helps to improve self-esteem and the learning of positive and necessary values such as cooperation and collaboration over individualism. The promotion of gender equality can also be done through sport, as well as the transmission of values of coexistence and self-improvement.

 

 

For AIS International School it is clear; practicing PE and games from early childhood helps personal and social development, strengthens skills, reinforces healthy and social habits, and supports children’s wellbeing. Active education encourages pupils to be creative, solve problems, and plan for the future. By working together, pupils can address physical and intellectual challenges while learning to communicate well and manage risk and conflict.

 

 

 

If you’re looking for a new school for your child on the Costa Blanca that encourages its students to participate in physical activity by making it fun, team-based and appreciate the long-term value it can bring to their wellbeing and self-esteem, then AIS International School is an excellent option.

 

 

Get in touch with them through their website, where you will also find a wealth of information. You can also get in touch via their Facebook pageInstagram, call them on +34 625295634, or email at info@altea-international-school.es.

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