Whole School Approach to Physical Activity


Schools are in a unique position to help students attain the nationally recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity.

A whole school approach, by which schools use all available opportunities for students to be physically active, will encourage pupils to meet their 60 minutes of physical activity each day, and develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be physically active for a lifetime. The goal of this approach is to increase physical activity opportunities before, during, and after school and increase students’ overall physical activity and health.



Physical Education

Physical education is designed to develop the knowledge and behaviours for physical activity, physical fitness, and motor skills in students. It serves as the foundation for equipping students to be physically active in other areas of the school and beyond.

Available Physical Education Support:

Physical Activity During School

This includes classroom physical activity and break and lunchtimes. Classroom physical activity includes any physical activity done in the classroom (e.g., stretching, jumping, dancing) during the school day. Break and lunchtimes are regularly scheduled periods within the school day for physical activity and play that is monitored by trained staff.

Available Physical Activity During School Support:

Physical Activity Before and After School

Activities might include walking or biking to and from school, physical activity clubs, extra-curricular programs, inter-school sports competitions, and physical activity in before-school extended day programs, for example wake and shake and/or The Daily Mile.

Physical Activity Before and After School Support:

Staff Involvement

This means that school staff members serve as positive role models for wellness, and integrate physical activity into classroom instruction and breaks. It also means that staff members support breaks, extra-curricular clubs, and other physical activity offerings. Schools can also provide employee wellness programs to encourage physical activity among school staff.

Staff Involvement Support:

Family and Community Engagement

In physical activity this means that parents, school staff, and community members work together to increase physical activity opportunities before, during, and after the school day. Family and community members can also work with schools to promote opportunities for physical activities inside and outside of the school building. Community organisations can establish shared use agreements with schools that allow them to use school facilities for physical activity opportunities or events.

Family and Community Engagement Support: