Join in with free online PE lessons: fitness workout

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

Fitness is at the heart of the latest free online physical education offering from Ashmole Academy in partnership with The Telegraph’s Keep Kids Active campaign.

In the third of five lessons offered this week, staff at Ashmole Academy in north London will be demonstrating ten different activities to try, each representing a different location on a virtual tour of Britain from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Exercises include push-ups, sit-ups, high knees, and burpees.

Ashmole Academy has taken the baton for the delivery of online tuition from Loughborough College, which embarked on the ground-breaking daily tuition initiative last week.

The videos go live before 9am each morning but remain available throughout the day to ensure students can combine their hour-long activity with the other classes already scheduled 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 offers targeted classes for 10- to 14-year-olds that are guaranteed to meet three of the four goals of the national physical education curriculum. Today’s lesson is one of three lessons a week that do not require equipment.

To ensure the youngsters complete their hour-long work of recommended daily exercise, students are then encouraged to practice some of their long jump and triple jump techniques for an additional half hour after class is complete.

Schools set up the first class in a lounge-style room to show how easy it is to do the exercises at home. The goal is to surpass the offering of the popular Joe Wicks YouTube tutorials due to the level of expertise in line with the curriculum.

Loughborough College – which also counts Ellie Simmonds, the five-time Paralympic swimming champion, and Carl Froch, the four-time world boxing champion, among its alumni – has pledged to teach in the first week, setting Ashmole Academy in north London as the host on January 25.

The baton will then be passed across the country to allow the lessons to be streamed for free. Jo Maher, principal and chief executive at Loughborough College, says her staff can ensure children meet at least three out of four elements of the physical education curriculum. The fourth – competitive sport – is banned by England’s lockdown rules. Join in with free online PE lessons: fitness workout

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