We want children to be able to learn in school.
Being physically active outdoors puts the brain into an alert, self-regulated and motivated state, that is ready for exploring, interacting, investigating, discovering, thinking and learning.
Movement also stimulates the production of a hormone (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor or BDNF) that helps grow new nerve cells, new connections between them, and makes them last. This means new learning and lasting memories.
The increased oxygen supply to the brain that occurs when the body is physically active, increases the production of neuro-protecting molecules that are related to memory formation.
Physical activity is necessary for the development of the cerebellum and frontal cortex in the brain. These are involved in regulation, organisation and planning, which are essential for children with Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD and Autism.
Every child deserves to enjoy what their body can do, the pleasurable sensations that movement provides, joy and happiness.
Children should feel good in and about their bodies. This will give them emotionally and physically healthy lives.