Children's Fitness Tracking

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Dear Parkinson Lane Community Primary School, Halifax,

I would like to know if you utilised any of the measures listed
below in the 2013-2014 academic year (September ’2013- July’2014)
to keep track of the fitness of the children at your school?

Please write No or Yes under the relevant space next to ‘Answer’.

If Yes Please elaborate with details.

Common procedures to track children’s fitness

Direct measurement of children’s cardiorespiratory fitness levels –
Using specialist equipment that monitors gaseous exchange performed
by trained external professionals or internal staff & with parental
permission (excludes National child measurement programme checks).

Answer:

Indirect measurement of children’s cardiorespiratory fitness levels
– i.e. Pre –planned monitoring of cardiorespiratory fitness levels
using established and validated measures such as the multi stage
fitness test or the six minute run.

Answer:

Formal Measurement of physical literacy / motor proficiency – i.e.
a well validated pre planned test to measure children’s physical
literacy/motor proficiency. For example the Bruininks-Oseretsky
Test of Motor Proficiency.

Answer:

Monitoring of children’s motor skills – i.e recording internally or
through an external provider children’s throwing ability, catching
ability, balance etc.

Answer:

Recording or tracking of the amount of time children spend in PE
lessons

Answer:

Recording or tracking of the amount of time children spend being
physically active in PE lessons – i.e time children spend being
active in PE thus excluding time spent changing into PE kit etc.

Answer:

Awareness of the amount of time children spend in unstructured play
– i.e knowledge of time available in the school day for children to
play freely, such as the amount of break time they have excluding
time spent eating lunch or doing adult prepared activities.

Answer:

Awareness of numbers of children who are attending after school or
extracurricular activity clubs

Answer:

Yours faithfully,

Amy Fleming

School Admin, Parkinson Lane Community Primary School, Halifax

Hi Amy,

Please see responses below:

Please write No or Yes under the relevant space next to ‘Answer’.

If Yes Please elaborate with details.

Common procedures to track children’s fitness

Direct measurement of children’s cardiorespiratory fitness levels – Using specialist equipment that monitors gaseous exchange performed by trained external professionals or internal staff & with parental permission (excludes National child measurement programme checks).

Answer: Yes - measurement and bespoke programmes for children in keep fit class and distance running.

Indirect measurement of children’s cardiorespiratory fitness levels – i.e. Pre –planned monitoring of cardiorespiratory fitness levels using established and validated measures such as the multi stage fitness test or the six minute run.

Answer: Yes - measurement of long distance run

Formal Measurement of physical literacy / motor proficiency – i.e.
a well validated pre planned test to measure children’s physical literacy/motor proficiency. For example the Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency.

Answer: No

Monitoring of children’s motor skills – i.e recording internally or through an external provider children’s throwing ability, catching ability, balance etc.

Answer: Yes - part of tracking children's competency in PE

Recording or tracking of the amount of time children spend in PE lessons

Answer: Yes - when looking at children entitlements

Recording or tracking of the amount of time children spend being physically active in PE lessons – i.e time children spend being active in PE thus excluding time spent changing into PE kit etc.

Answer: Yes - when monitoring usage of facilities and also monitoring children whilst exercising.

Awareness of the amount of time children spend in unstructured play – i.e knowledge of time available in the school day for children to play freely, such as the amount of break time they have excluding time spent eating lunch or doing adult prepared activities.

Answer:
Awareness of numbers of children who are attending after school or extracurricular activity clubs

Answer: Yes - monitoring of the type of clubs, numbers of children and Impact on learning.

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