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Category: School Workshops

Address: Please quote UKST1 for latest group discount via e-mail or phone., ,

Contact: 01183 343590 or M: 07816 210230

Website: http://www.a-life.co.uk/

Description

Our workshops are packed full of curriculum and fun! Our aim is to bring the curriculum to life, teaching children about their bodies and how to look after them through hands-on, multi-sensory activities that are accessible for all ages and abilities and have been carefully designed to meet many of the objectives set out in the Science, PE and PSHE curriculum. With 12 years’ experience and expert coaches, we consistently receive outstanding feedback from staff and pupils alike.

Mix and match from our interactive and engaging sessions:

•             Healthy Workshop

•             Fun Fitness Sessions

•             Alcohol & Drug Awareness Workshop

To embed the learning further and achieve maximum impact, we also offer:

•             Staff PE Training

•             Parent Sessions

•             Online 7-day Healthy Challenge (included FREE with any Healthy Workshop booking)

Our aim is to make learning about healthy living fun yet challenging and we know that children learn best when they are engaged and stimulated, with hands-on activities. So we’ve designed our multi-sensory activities with children in mind, so that they have fun, learn lots and most importantly remember what they have learnt and put it into action. We also work with and involve parents, teachers and councils for maximum sustainability and impact.

Please summarize why you are great to support learning. 

Experience

Over the last 12 years, more than 750 schools have used A-life workshops to support their teaching, giving us outstanding feedback and a 5 star rating almost every time. Our tried and tested resources have been given the thumbs up by over 500,000 children who love the hands-on nature of the workshops and experienced coaches. In recognition of this level of experience we work as a commissioned provider for a number of councils and are a recognised supplier under the Healthy Schools London programme.

Engagement & Accessibility

Our hands-on workshops use lots of specialist equipment with uniquely designed tasks and challenges that are fun but educational, bringing the curriculum to life in a way that is not possible in the classroom, so that children can understand the information and remember it. It has been said that an A-life day is ‘like having the science museum to your school! We bring a huge variety of audio, visual and kinesthetic resources to your school that will actively engage and stimulate all pupils, including those with language limitations, behavioural issues or mixed ages & abilities, while you can be assured that your curriculum and Ofsted boxes are being ticked.

Curriculum Coverage

Our workshops have been designed to tick a vast number of Science, PE, PSHE and cross-curricula objectives for you (please contact us for a specific curriculum map) as well as contributing towards Ofsted expectations that pupils will be offered a ‘broad and balanced curriculum that promotes their good behaviour and safety and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development’. The Government has set out healthy living as a priority, with financial input into local educational authorities and schools with the aim to ‘improve the quality of PE and sport’ in schools and to ‘reduce obesity’ amongst children.

The A-life 7 Day Healthy Challenge!

Included with any Healthy Workshop booking is our great fun, interactive online quiz to follow up the teaching from the hands on healthy workshops and provide a sustainable tool to continue the teaching after our visit. As pupils log their activities throughout a 7 day period and answer questions about healthy living, fun characters reveal facts and tips, teaching children computer skills as well as covering much of the curriculum for PSHE and healthy living.

Community Learning

Our programme gets the whole family involved, helping children and families to make healthy choices and develop healthy habits. The home / school partnership is supported as we invite parents to join in with our ‘7 day healthy challenge’, encourage them to attend the workshops and provide letters to send home explaining what their children have been learning. Our programme connects councils, schools and families for maximum sustainability and impact.

Value for Money

We often teach 300 children in a school day making our workshops excellent value for money and our extensive curriculum provision ensures maximum impact and reduces the need for further costly providers or trips.

What does a typical school workshop visit include?

You can mix and match from our workshops to create a timetable to suit your school’s needs. Here is a little more information on each of the sessions we offer, please contact us with the sessions you are interested in and we will be happy to put together a bespoke timetable for you.

Healthy workshops

Session length: 1 hour (approx.)

No. of pupils per session: up to 60

Age suitability: Nursery-Year 6

These workshops are super fun with engaging activities that are highly educational and use audio-visual, kinesthetic learning and minimal teaching from the front, maximum pupil participation. They are differentiated throughout, increasing in difficulty as pupils progress through the key stages. Pupils are challenged to stretch themselves beyond their existing knowledge and experience of healthy living as they solve problems, answer thought-provoking questions and complete progressively more difficult tasks. The wide range of activities we provide ensures all pupils can access our workshops, irrespective of their age or ability. Activities are stimulating and engaging with the key messages of looking after our bodies and keeping healthy infiltrating our whole programme.

Topics include: The human body, Healthy eating, A balanced diet, Nutritional values, The importance of physical activity, Teeth, Hygiene, Where food comes from, Sleep, Household safety, Smoking (Year 3+), Alcohol & drugs and making informed choices (Year 5/6 only)

Feedback from pupils includes:

‘The best day of school EVER!’

‘Can they come again next week?’

Fitness sessions

Session length: 30 minutes (KS1) 45 minutes (KS2)

No. of pupils per session: up to 60

Age suitability: Nursery-Year 6

Our Fitness Sessions are designed to give all pupils a full body workout at the same time as reinforcing the key messages of keeping healthy from the hands-on workshop. We provide a fun-packed, non-stop, fast-paced, sweat inducing session that motivates pupils to understand that keeping active is a vital part of staying healthy. Our aim is to encourage children to choose active lifestyles and to help them realise that being active and choosing to participate in exercise can be a lot of fun.

EYFS-KS1: Children are taken through a fun, well-paced 30 minutes of active play jungle trails, Olympic activities and short games, combining fitness with numeracy and healthy living facts in a very active and thoroughly enjoyable session.

KS2: A 45 minute circuit fitness session using a mixture of specialist equipment to challenge children’s strength, jumping, balance, fitness, flexibility and coordination in a fun but controlled environment. Exposes them to new forms of exercise with circuits including: boxing, trampolining, push-up hockey, the balance challenge, the gym zone and more.

Alcohol and Drugs Awareness Workshop

Session length: 1 hour 15 minutes

No. of pupils per session: 30

Age suitability: Year 5-8

Our unique Alcohol and Drugs Awareness Workshops (years 5 - 8) create a safe environment for pupils to begin considering this sensitive subject. We aim to ‘prepare not to scare’ as we delve into the issues around the potential dangers and health problems associated with drugs, alcohol and smoking.  Pupils find this workshop setting, led by a trained A-life coach, a comfortable and relaxed space in which to explore the issues surrounding drugs and alcohol, as well as the associated issues of peer pressure and knowing how to make informed, sensible decisions. Our experienced coaches will provide a fun and relaxed approach, offering hands on activities and anecdotal stories to help children engage in this serious and important topic which many schools and families find difficult to tackle.

Topics include: What are drugs? What does a drug do? The benefits and dangers of drugs, Medicines and legal drugs, Illegal drugs, Alcohol and units, Binge drinking, Short & long term consequences of drinking, Young people and alcohol, The effects of smoking, E-cigarettes, Peer pressure, Legal information and more

Staff PE Training

Session length: 1 hour (after the school day)

No. of teachers per session: up to 35

Age suitability: All ages and abilities

A-life training sessions are packed full of games and ideas for teachers. From basic warm up ideas to team games, to skills sessions, our A-life team will provide plenty of activities and ideas to inspire and equip staff as they go back to their classrooms and deliver PE. Our staff training session takes place after the school day and is really practical – staff may want to bring comfy shoes as we ask them to get involved with the games and activities (participation is, of course, not compulsory). Due to the nature of this practical session, we also find that this CPD training soon becomes a team building and staff bonding session as an extra benefit. After the session, we will provide a pack containing all the ideas (and many others) that we covered in the session.

Parent Sessions

Session length: 30 mins – 1 hour

No. of parents per session: up to 30

Option 1: Healthy workshop

Your A-life coach sets up the workshop (usually Year 6 level) for parents to investigate and take part in some of the hands-on healthy activities. The coach will then talk to the parents as a group about packed lunches and/or any subject of your choice, and finish off with a questions and answers session

Option 2: Circuits fitness session

Your A-life coach will prepare a mini version of the children’s fitness session to get the parents hot and sweaty! (Both of these sessions are flexible – they can be adults-only or have children join their parents to learn / get active as a family).

Online 7-day Healthy Challenge

Included with any Healthy Workshop booking is our great fun, interactive online quiz to follow up the teaching from the workshops and provide a sustainable tool to continue the teaching after our visit. Children log their healthy habits throughout the week and print a personalised certificate at the end showing their ‘health’ score and ‘brain’ score. The whole family can take part, getting the messages into the home, which we know is key for change to take place.

Do you have a video on YouTube or anywhere else that you would like to link to?

Are you on Twitter, Facebook or any other social media?

Twitter https://twitter.com/A_lifeltd

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Alife.healthy.schools/

What group sizes do you cater for?

Healthy Workshops – 60 children per 1 hour workshop

Fitness Sessions – 60 children per session

Alcohol & Drug Awareness Workshop – 30 children per session

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any other useful information?

Staff PE Training

We provide the option for Staff PE Training after a school visit for the whole staff. A-life training sessions are packed full of games and ideas for teachers. From basic warm up ideas to team games, to skills sessions, our A-life team will provide plenty of activities and ideas to inspire and equip staff as they go back to their classrooms and deliver PE. After the session, we will provide a pack containing all the ideas (and many others) that we covered in the session.

Lesson Plans & Resources

Our website provides a wealth of information to help support teachers and parents alike in educating children to lead healthy and active lifestyles. Please visit www.a-life.co.uk for some useful lesson plans, educational games and resources, interesting articles and links to other websites that may be of use.

The A-life 7 Day Healthy Challenge!

Included with any Healthy Workshop booking is our great fun, interactive online quiz to follow up the teaching from the hands on healthy workshops and provide a sustainable tool to continue the teaching after our visit. As pupils log their activities throughout a 7 day period and answer questions about healthy living, fun characters reveal facts and tips, teaching children computer skills as well as covering much of the curriculum for PSHE and healthy living.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio if appropriate?

Yes

Are your team CRB checked for attending schools/colleges etc?

Yes

Does your company have an education officer?

Hazel Ling

What is the cost?

A-life sessions start from £1.38 per pupil per session

(Please quote UKST1 for latest group discount via e-mail or phone)

Is specific clothing required for when you visit?

During the fitness sessions we would recommend PE kits but is not essential.

Are your workshop team first aid trained?

Most of our coaches have done basic first aid training or similar.

Where geographically will you visit?

We visit schools across the country in Wales and England, however, additional costs may apply in certain areas.

Do you have an LOTC Quality Badge?

We are a leading provider of healthy workshops, commissioned by 5 councils to run various health programmes for multiple schools.

We are a recognised supplier under the Healthy Schools London programme.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?

“I would highly recommend A- life. The interactive ‘healthy lifestyle’ workshop & fitness session were both of a high standard & managed to cover so many different curriculum objectives in a way we would not have been able to deliver as a school. A-life delivered a similar hands-on experience to the science museum. Well planned & resourced, inspiring, challenging and created enthusiasm amongst the pupils – Great price and no hassle to organise. I will definitely be booking A-life again! 5*." Helen Rushton, Frith Manor Primary School

A fantastic day - the resources and organisation were excellent. All children could participate fully. 5* Emmbrook Infant school,

A-life’s motivational genius has achieved more in a week than I have managed in 7 years and I am so thankful for it. Please let A-life know they have worked magic on my son. 5*.” Parent @St Andrews School, Eastbourne

I am extremely impressed with the A-life coach’s organisational and delivery skills. All pitched at the correct level. The resources used are highly effective and fully engaging, where children have been extremely motivated. Teachers have been impressed and have decided to use some of the style of lesson to use in their own teaching for maths and history type lesson. Cannot express enough how impressed we are with the whole project. Thank you. 5*.” Elsley Primary School, Wembley

(Please quote UKST1 for latest group discount via e-mail or phone)


Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years

Type of Visit: Health & Nutrition SEN Sports Team Building

Curriculum Topics Covered: Food & Nutrition PE PSHE Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

Who Visits Who?: We visit you


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