Physical Activity & Play - Introduction

 

More than anything else, Field to Fork is about getting children and young people outdoors, exploring the natural world, playing and being physically active.

 

Physical Activity and play are fundamental to children’s physical and emotional development and are key components of the Healthy Child Programme, Foundation Stage Profile and the National Curriculum.

 

Children that are physically active and have regular outdoor play experiences are likely to:

  • Have increased energy levels
  • Have improved muscle strength
  • Be able to maintain a healthy weight
  • Have improved brain function
  • Have a better outlook on life
  • Sleep better
  • Be able to handle physical and emotional challenges

Participation in sport and play-based activities also encourage children to utilise a wide range of social and emotional skills that lend themselves to learning, problem solving and team work.