Benton Dene Schools

Benton Dene Schools

Fitness and The Active Mile

The Active Mile

The active mile is a simple and fun initiative to improve the physical, social, emotional and mental health and well-being of children regardless of age, ability or personal circumstances. 
Since the introduction in 2015, the active mile has been adopted by over 3300 schools in the UK. The active mile is a social activity where pupils run, jog or walk at their own pace outside with their peers. Pupils do not get changed into their PE kits to take part, they run in their uniform. 
On Thursday 19th April 2018, Benton Dene School joined a number of other schools in North Tyneside to launch the active mile. The active mile takes place outside on the yard. Pupils aim to run around the playground circuit 7 and a half times which equates to 1 mile. It is non-competitive; most children will average a mile in 15 minutes, with some doing more and some doing less. 
Since the launch, all classes from nursery to Y6 have been taking part in the active mile on a daily basis between 2.00-2.15. Come rain, shine or snow, pupils have been outside keeping active with their friends. 
In April 2019, we celebrated our one year anniversary of the active mile. 
Since the introduction of the active mile, we have been able to see the positive impacts that this initiative has had on our pupils and staff.  We aim to continue promoting and encouraging our pupils to be happy, healthy and physically active. 
If you would like to find anymore information about the daily mile, please visit the website. 

In 2022 we celebrated the 10 year anniversary of the Daily Mile.

Daily Fitness

In order to ensure pupils are active for 30minutes a day, all classes take part in daily fitness sessions. Take a look at some of the ways we have been keeping active.