22/06/2020

Get Set for home schooling with online resources

Get Set resources help five to 18-year-olds combine both academic and physical enrichment

Parents adapting to home schooling are being supported by a range of innovative resources from Get Set.

Get Set, the official ParalympicsGB and Team GB youth engagement programme for schools, have put together a number of fun, free and accessible resources to help parents keep their children active and engaged, bringing the nation together as one team during lockdown.

From learning about the rich history of the Olympic and Paralympic movements to getting active in the garden, there is something for everyone as Get Set helps five to 18-year-olds combine both academic and physical enrichment.

Resources for parents unfamiliar with home schooling cover primary and secondary school children, while the Travel to Tokyo virtual challenge is encouraging millions of families to come together and get moving.

Funding from Sport England and Spirit of 2012 now means every physical activity can be logged online as part of the challenge, as families and schools work together as one team and celebrate getting active, being in with the chance to win fantastic prizes as they do so. .

And Get Set's educational resources combine writing, designing, history and exercise, enabling children to complete tasks such as quilling stories about past host cities, learning about Olympic and Paralympic values and taking on active challenges

Secondary resources - for 11 to 18-year-olds - also comprise learning about healthy eating habits, with both primary and secondary learning encompassing a range of physical activities such as boccia - and many other challenges.

The Travel to Tokyo virtual challenge represents one of the most interactive elements of the Get Set programme, and provides families around the country with the chance to come together and celebrate getting active as one.

Supported by the likes of London 2012 Paralympian Abdi Jama as well as Helen Glover MBE, Natasha Baker MBE and Will Bayley MBE, the initiative helps promote a sense of togetherness and unites families who are determined to keep moving.

From a walk around the garden to dancing in the kitchen, the Travel to Tokyo challenge has something for everyone and helps promote more active choices and healthier habits.

Neil Townshend, Chairman of the British Olympic Foundation, said: “The mental and physical health benefits of exercise are more important than ever, so we must find new ways of keeping active whilst staying safe at home.

“We’re proud the Travel to Tokyo virtual challenge can continue to support schools and families in keeping active during these unprecedented times.

“We know the importance of community cohesion and we hope this challenge will create a sense of togetherness, even if virtually, that will help support young people’s physical and mental health.”

Mike Sharrock, Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, added: “While we are dealing with new challenges, we’re pleased to invite all families across the UK to take part in our Travel to Tokyo virtual challenge and discover fun and creative ways to get moving, through our inclusive activities while staying apart.”

To discover the range of free, family activities available you can visit getset.co.uk, while further information on the Travel to Tokyo challenge can be found at getset.co.uk/travel-tokyo.