All about our Gymrun Scheme
At Manorbrook, we care deeply about the impact of improved fitness on children’s physical activity experiences, their whole school learning and on their overall health and well-being. As a result, we have introduced a new fitness scheme in partnership with gymrun.co.uk and Future Stars Coaching.
Gymrun is a simple curriculum combining differentiated body-weight exercises and short periods of running. Children work in pairs to complete seven movements in 20-25 minutes. The teaching focus is on the quality of movement and on maximising the time all children spend moving.
The aim of Gymrun is for every child to reach five key Physical Education outcomes by the age of eleven:
to move quickly and accurately
to engage their core muscles
to support their body-weight
to squat and jump effectively
to jog for five minutes without stopping.
Every child’s progress is measured towards these outcomes using the Gymrun Colours fitness assessment scheme.
Gymrun Colours involves five challenges measuring speed, stability, strength, power and stamina.
The challenges are as follows:
Speed bounce (side-to-side bounces over a low hurdle)
Sit ups (hands touching the ground behind the head each time)
Standing long jump (with a two-footed take-off and landing)
Arm dips (done with hands on a bench)
Three-minute run (as many short laps as possible)
Every child achieves an overall fitness score. This score matches one of eight coloured fitness badges. These badges inform, engage and motivate children, teachers and parents, in a similar way to grading belts in martial arts, and to the nationwide badge schemes for swimming and gymnastics.
The order of difficulty of the badges is as follows:
Red (first stage), Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Navy, Purple and Pink (highest stage).
Children with a lower level of fitness may reach the first stage, the red badge. We want you to see this and every badge as an achievement - a positive step to inform us on what action can be taken for children to reach the next stage in their personal fitness, health and well-being.
We hope you support and understand the transparency behind this scheme, as we develop a school culture and a mindset that is building fitter futures for all children.