Join in with free online PE lessons: dance

Eufemia Didonato

Visit The Telegraph’s Keep Kids Active page to view all previous PE lessons or alternatively visit the YouTube channels for Loughborough College and Ashmole Academy. 

Dancing using inspiration from different sports is the focus of today’s free online PE lesson in partnership with The Telegraph’s Keep Kids Active campaign.

In the second of five lessons offered this week, staff at Ashmole Academy, north London, have devised nine different dance movements, representing numbers 1-9, to make for an non-stop session.

Using your own personal mobile number, an additional task is to put together a unique dance sequence using the movements corresponding to the numbers.

Ashmole Academy have taken on the baton for providing online tuition from Loughborough College, which began the pioneering initiative of daily classes last week.

Videos go live before 9am each morning, but remain available throughout the day to ensure pupils can fit in their hour’s activity with the other classes that have already been planned by their schools.

All abilities and fitness levels are catered for, with an easier option explained for the more difficult tasks. Unlike other virtual workouts, the college has provided focused classes for 10-to-14 year-olds, which are guaranteed to fulfil three of the four targets in the national curriculum for physical education. Today’s lesson is one of three lessons in the week which will require no equipment.

To ensure youngsters fulfill their hour’s work of recommended daily exercise, pupils are then encouraged to go through some of their long jump and triple jump technique for an extra half an hour when the class is complete.

Schools based the first classes inside a lounge-style room to show how easily the exercises can be done at home. The aim is to go beyond the offering of Joe Wicks’s popular YouTube tutorials due to the level of expertise in line with the curriculum.

Loughborough College — which also counts among its alumni Ellie Simmonds, the five-time Paralympic swimming champion and Carl Froch, the four-time world boxing champion — committed teaching for the first week and lined up Ashmole Academy in north London to host from Jan 25.

The baton will then be handed around the country for classes to be streamed for free. Jo Maher, principal and chief executive at Loughborough College, says her staff can ensure children are meeting at least three of four ­elements of the PE curriculum. The fourth – competitive sport – is banned by England’s lockdown rules.

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