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National Fitness Day – 27th September

National Fitness Day – the countdown begins!

We are super excited about National Fitness Day on Wednesday 27th September 2017, especially after it’s official launch last Friday at the ITV This Morning Live event. It’s set to be the most active day of the year – will your school be joining us!?  Here’s how you can get involved:

1) #10TEN10 Challenge…

We’ve joined forces with UK Active in the bid to get 10,000 schools active for 10 minutes at 10am on 27th September. Join us, along with 1,000s more schools, via our online platform, for a Celebration Samba at 10am. Here are some ideas on how other schools are getting involved:

  • Start the day the active way – do the #10TEN10 challenge in your morning assembly!
  • Team up with other schools in your area – head down to your local leisure centre for our mass participation event (don’t forget you’ll need access to a screen and the internet)
  • Get in touch with governors, local businesses, parents and friends of the school, and invite them down to take part in the #10TEN10 challenge
 2) Active Lessons

Our active lessons can take place at any time throughout National Fitness Day – we’d suggest doing one lesson before lunch and then the mindfulness exercises in the afternoon to help focus the children.  Simply login to our platform, play the video and away you go – follow our fun moves and get the class active:

  • KS1 – Body Parts and Healthy Food
  • KS1 – Mindfulness
  • KS2 – Muscle Mania
  • KS2 – Mindfulness
 3) Celebration Activity

And to top it all off, we’ve got a great workout based activity to end your National Fitness Day celebrations – one school is even planning to get the grown up’s involved!  Schedule the activity for home time and it’s perfect timing to get those parents and grandparents active too!

Interested in getting involved?

We will provide all the resources that teachers need for the day.  Schools who already have an account with imoves (either a free trial or a full member), will have access to the resources via our online platform. Schools who don’t currently have an imoves account can sign up here. Then all you need to do is:

  • Pop the date in the school calendar
  • Email admin@imovesdance.com to confirm you’ll be getting involved and which school you are from
  • We’ll keep everyone updated as we get closer to the date

(there’ll be prizes for the schools who impress us the most so don’t forget to post your pictures and videos on Facebook and Twitter)

CPD Opportunities and Keynote Speakers with imoves…

There’s been so much talk in the media recently about getting schools active and the need to tackle stress and anxiety amongst children. We would love the opportunity to help your teachers tackle these issues by presenting our ideas and solutions at your next PE Conference or via our CPD workshops.

PE Conferences

Delivered by Imogen Buxton-Pickles, founder of imoves, you can choose from either Mindfulness and Tackling Stress, or Practical Ways to build an Active School.

Alternatively, one of our presenters can run a practical session to help build confidence around teaching Dance, Pilates, or Mindfulness and Tackling Stress in Schools.

 

CPD Opportunities with imoves..

Due to the huge success of our Dance CPD and countless requests to extend our courses into other areas, we are pleased to offer the following CPD opportunities from September:

Dance CPD

This is a 3 hour workshop which has been used with 1000’s of teachers over the last few years. It’s a brilliant way to build confidence amongst the whole teaching team, and includes free resources to take back to school to up-skill colleagues.  This session is free to PE leads when booked via SGO’s / SSP’s.

Pilates CPD

This is a 3 hour workshop to introduce how to teach Pilates to children, the benefits or building the ABC’s (Agility, Balance and Coordination) and lots of hints and tips to take away.  £250 plus VAT and travel.

Gymnastics CPD

This is a 3 or 6 hour workshop run by Gary Kirby to introduce how to teach gymnastics as a non-specialist.

Practical Ways to Build an Active School

This is a 3 hour workshop aimed at schools who are looking for practical ideas to get their whole school active in lessons as well as breaks and after school clubs. £250 plus VAT and travel.

Mindfulness and Tackling Stress

This is a 3 hour session giving practical hints and tips on using activities such as Pilates and Dance to reduce stress and promote mindfulness throughout the school. £250 plus VAT and travel.

To book your next CPD workshop or if you’d like us to present at your PE Conference, simply drop us an email at admin@imovesdance.com or give us a call on 0114 2661061.

 

What are people saying about our CPD workshops…

We have worked with 1,000’s of teachers over the past few years and have had some great feedback about our CPD workshops.  Here’s just a snippet of comments:

  • Elise was a great deliverer – the teachers took a lot from it
  • Very useful learning yesterday…Pilates coming to 3CB after Easter! 
  • Caroline made us loose our inhibitions  – all evaluations have been very positive

This group of teachers from the Redcar & Eston School Sport Partnership had a great time with our Bollywood routine a couple of weeks ago.

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To book your next CPD workshop or if you’d like us to present at your PE Conference, simply drop us an email at admin@imovesdance.com or give us a call on 0114 2661061.

imovesActive – Coming Soon!

We are very excited about our new project, imovesActive, which will provide schools with easy and cost effective ways to get children moving more.

imovesActive will launch in September 2017 and aims to support schools in getting their children more active every day; not only in PE but in other subject areas too!

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The new package will include 100’s of lessons that encourage children to learn through physical activity (they’ll have so much fun, they won’t even realise they’re learning!).

Our new active lessons are written by leading experts in that field including SGO’s, teachers and subject leads.  Subjects will cover Literacy, Science, Phonics, Languages, Outdoor Activities and PSHE.

We’ll also be adding even more daily challenges – plus brand new Healthy Me and Flamenco dancing will be added to our current dance packages!

50% Discount on imovesActive packages…
To launch imovesActive, all of our current members and any schools that sign up to our current packages this term will receive 50% off imovesActive throughout September.

To register your interest, simply send us an email with your school name to admin@imovesdance.com or call 0114 2661061.

Imoves recognised as pioneers in getting UK Active…

ActiveLab

Imoves, a digital teaching platform to help schools become more active, has overcome tough competition from some of the nation’s hottest new start-ups, to be named winner of UKActive’s innovation accelerator programme, ActiveLab. 

Imoves have been working with schools for more than 7 years – the current digital platform provides PE and dance packages to help teachers deliver PE lessons with more confidence and motivation. The company’s vision is to work with every school in UK, inspiring active learning not only in PE lessons, but also in the classroom and at home, before expanding to the international market.

ActiveLab was launched last year by UKActive and founding partners AXA PPP and Tech City UK. The three-month programme provided 12 finalists with opportunities to network with investors and leading physical activity brands, receive tailored mentorship and take part in a series of workshops on the challenges of scaling a business.

In the final part of the programme, the 12 finalists took to the stage to deliver a one minute elevator pitch to demonstrate how their businesses will revolutionise the way we move.

Imoves scooped the top prize of an accelerator toolkit worth more than £25,000 after winning over the judging panel and votes from a live audience at ActiveLab Live on Wednesday (15 March) in East London.

Imoves Co-Founder Ian Pickles said: “ActiveLab has been transformational for us; it really allowed us to think about what we could do differently now and what we can achieve in the future. We now know we can scale rapidly in the UK and have ambitions to export Imoves overseas. In terms of ActiveLab Live!, the pitch was frightening to say the least, but I think the win came from our enthusiasm for getting kids active by inspiring their teachers and parents.”

Imogen Buxton-Pickles, partner in both business and in life added: “Our current PE and dance packages really help teachers to become more confident in teaching PE themselves – they receive everything they need to deliver outstanding lessons that children love, with great cross curriculum topics including Romans, Egyptians, the World Wars and the Great Fire of London”.

UKActive Executive Director Steven Ward said the strength of this year’s cohort proved the depth of talent around physical activity sector innovation and left him in no doubt about the potential for next year’s ActiveLab accelerator.

He added: “Technology is presenting opportunities and challenges to the physical activity sector at unprecedented pace, meaning we must embrace new ways of working and innovative partners to survive and succeed.

“The years ahead offer a golden age for physical activity ventures with innovation at their core. Today’s physical activity leaders see technology not as a risk to be managed, but a major opportunity to hit new heights.

“We have to be open and fearless in evaluating our current strategies and calculating how they must adapt to the challenges of the future. With technology as our tool, but innovation as our mindset, we really will set ourselves up to fall in love with the future.”

As winner of the first ever ActiveLab, Imoves now plans to build on the 500+ UK schools it already works with and pursue international expansion.

To find out more about imoves visit www.imoves.com or call 0114 2661061.

3 steps to reducing obesity in schools

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It’s National Obesity Week this week – we hope your school has lots of activities planned to get your children moving more.  But it’s not just about being active this week – we need to look at how we can integrate physical activity throughout the whole school day and make activity a fun part of life for our children.

We thought this would be a great opportunity to take you through our vision of how we would inspire a group of mixed ability children to be more active, to stay active into their teens and lead an active lifestyle as an adult.

Step 1 – Ensure your PE programme is not stuck in the 90’s.

When we create a new scheme at imoves, we focus on 3 things; Is it Fun?; Is it Challenging?; Is it Achievable?  This approach came from some focus groups we carried out with schools and it really does work!

Step 2 – Variety is key

Don’t get stuck in a rut teaching the same old stuff you feel comfortable with.  Why not try to include some exciting and different activities such as Pilates or Fencing, fuelling the children’s motivation to be active in and out of school.  SmartyPilates resources are available in our free trial, and there are a wide selection of lessons available in our Dance and Pilates package, or Complete PE package.  Get in touch to find out more – call 0114 2661061.

Step 3 – Be confident!

A confident, motivated teacher can make a huge impact on a child’s perception of activity and PE.  We know it’s hard when you’re being asked to teach PE when you have no real background in physical activity, especially when it comes to teaching dance and gymnastics.  That’s why we get so much positive feedback about the imoves resources – we help teachers to become more confident teaching dance and other PE activities by upskilling the whole team using simple, yet effective techniques.  Find out more about our CPD sessions here >>

To find out more about National Obesity Week, and in particular how we can help young people, click here >>

Using imovesdance.com just got a whole lot easier…

This academic year, imovesdance.com have teamed up with New Era Education to make accessing your PE and Dance resources a whole lot easier.  We understand that a teacher’s life can be a hectic one, so our new partnership aims to ease that stress, and provide easier access to our resources with the click of a button, through New Era’s single sign-on platform.

imovesdance.com are your online PE specialists, providing over 400 lesson plans that teachers can teach themselves, along with the tools to help upskill the whole team to confidently teach Dance, Gymnastics, Pilates plus so much more!  We pride ourselves on our easy to use resources, so when an opportunity to partner up with New Era came along, we jumped at the chance, as their platform makes life so much easier for our teachers.

New Era Education is part of the global New Era Group, who combine customer focus, educational know-how with some technical wizardry to create state of the art cloud based edtech to millions of teachers, parents and pupils.

New Era was created over 15 years ago, striving to become the market leader in cutting edge technology solutions which make a real difference in education. New Era provide educational tools for a new generation of digital citizens helping to transform the way we collaborate, communicate and learn.

Since New Era’s creation they have been pioneering projects with educational organisations and government clients around the world with a team consisting of over 400 full-time employees based in offices in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

Their latest product SchoolPing allows schools to have outstanding communication with parents in a modern way, sending messages directly to the app on their phone. SchoolPing is a really simple and secure app connecting schools with parents, and even better, it’s free for parents! Be sure to catch them on their SchoolPing Roadshow as they travel the country helping schools improve their parental engagement.

We are really looking forward to working with New Era Education – we’ve had a play around with their software and it’s great. You simply log in once and all your learning resources are there; you no longer need to remember countless usernames and passwords – one click and you’re in! Now you can get on with what you love – teaching!

If your school are currently using New Era Education, and have yet to sign up to Imovesdance.com, or are currently using another educational platform, please get in touch. We’d love to have a chat – call us on 0114 2661061 or email admin@imovesdance.com

Webinar: “A practical guide to teaching dance with confidence in Primary Schools”

Hosted by Imogen Buxton-Pickles, founder of imovesdance.com

Join Imogen Buxton-Pickles, founder of imovesdance.com, as she introduces you to her “3 Steps to Success” approach to teaching dance.  She will explain that you don’t need to be a professional dancer to teach dance to Primary School children – with the right tools and resources, every teacher in your school will become more confident in teaching dance and PE… and they’ll love doing it too!

Ask yourself these 3 questions:

  • Are  you keen to upskill your whole school in dance delivery?
  • Are you looking to refresh and update your schools current dance resources?
  • Are you interested in rolling out a fun, engaging interactive dance programme that is easy for ANY teacher to deliver?

If you answered YES to at least one of these questions, then this webinar is definitely for you!

 

Agenda

Our objective is to develop a basic understanding of teaching dance in Primary Schools, and introduce proven techniques to help find the beat to the music; we’ll explore the 32 count music structure, and the 6 principles of dance. You will receive practical hints and tips that you and your team can start putting into practice straight away.

Here’s what you’ll take from the Webinars:

  • More confidence in delivering dance
  • Simple yet effective teaching methods that even non dancers can use
  • Practical hints and tips to use with your children
  • Understand how to assess and progress your children through dance
  • Free resources to take away and lessons to try.

 

Dates and Times

We have two blocks of Webinars, each consisting of 2 sessions lasting 45 minutes each:

  • Block 1 – Wednesday 9th Nov AND 23rd Nov, from 7.15pm
  • Block 2 – Thursday 17th Nov AND 1st Dec, from 4.30pm

 

Register for Block 1 starting on 9th November >>

Register for Block 2 starting on 17th November >>

 

We’ve got the perfect dance lesson the boys will love – and it’s all about CONSTRUCTION!

We often get asked for advice on how to engage boys more in dance. If you’ve ever seen a baby or toddler moving to music, you’ll know that both boys and girls are naturally inclined to dance. It’s only as boys get older that they begin to identify dancing as a female activity and often shy away from it (…even though we all know that dance is an activity for everyone!).

The success that the gymnasts had at the Olympics was incredible and no doubt this will help to inspire youngsters to enjoy and embrace dance.

Try our Construction Lesson for FREE!

This scheme is so much fun – the children will love moving to the music while pretending to build a house and taking on the role of a mixer, a jack hammer and a roller. It’s perfect for little minds & bodies and helps them to move and learn.

Take a look at our preview:

Use our interactive movie to either teach from directly, or to simply get ideas and then teach organically yourself. You have access to our interactive movie, lesson plan and specially designed music mix to help bring your lesson to life.
Get Started TODAY!

Join the 1,000’s of teachers who are already benefiting from our easy to use resources..

  • If you haven’t done so already, login for your free trial and teach our fun Construction lesson and check out the other free lessons.
  • Take a look at what else you can get by upgrading to our Premier Dance or Complete PE packages – full details here >
    Login or register to access your FREE resources today >>
    Want to know more?

If you’d like to know more about imovesdance.com, give us a call on 0114 2661061 or email admin@imovesdance.com. Alternatively, you can keep up-to-date on Facebook and Twitter.

Happy Teaching.
Imogen

P.S. Upgrade to our full membership and get access to The Great Fire of London, World War 1 and 2, as well as Hip Hop Popping and Locking. Give us a call to find out more!

Are you studying The Great Fire of London this term?

What better way to commemorate the Great Fire of London on it’s 350th anniversary – our new scheme follows the story of how the fire started, the devastation it caused and how the city rebuilt itself and recovered from this historical event.

This dance, aimed at KS1, brings the epic scenes to life using our fabulous music mix, flash cards and choreography created by your children.

All available on our Premier Dance and PE packages today…

Members can login here >>

Interested in becoming a member?

If you’ve got any questions about becoming a member or about our new resources, we’d love to hear from you. Give us a call on 0114 2661061 or email admin@imovesdance.com.

Alternatively, you can keep up-to-date on Facebook and Twitter.

Happy Teaching.
Imogen

P.S. Also new to our Dance Package is our World War 1 and 2 packages. Members with our PE Package also have the added benefit of a brand new Pilate resources. Get in touch if you have any questions.

 

4 Unconventional PE lessons…

What do your PE lessons generally consist of?

Is it all the usual activities such as football, hockey and netball?  If that’s the case, then you’re not alone, in fact you could probably walk in to pretty much any school and take a good guess at the PE curriculum.

Have you ever thought about teaching a PE lesson that’s a little different?

Stepping outside the box with your PE lessons isn’t just good for your pupils, it’s great for you too!  Your pupils will enjoy trying something new – and you can start teaching fun and exciting PE lessons.

To give you some ideas, we’ve put together 4 unconventional PE activities that’ll get everyone excited and moving more:

Pilates

Practising Pilates with children is becoming more and more popular – it has great benefits including improving motor skills, balance, co-ordination and core strength.

It also improves performance in all other sports and cognitive learning too, boosting physical literacy with its foundations in functional movement. It teaches safe movement patterns and is a fun, positive exercise experience for both teachers and pupils.

Our SmartyPilate resources have been designed by Gaye Holmes who is the UK’s leading expert on using Pilates with Children. We have developed lessons that are fun, safe and enjoyable, and that will guide your children to a stronger body and a more relaxed state of mind.

Martial Arts

Martial art disciplines are an excellent way to help children focus and work out at the same time. The best thing about martial arts is that you aren’t restricted t­­o one subject. One week you could work on Karate, the next week Judo, and the next Thai Boxing.  So mix up your PE lesson plans and try one of these activities!  Our Creative Combat schemes encompass lots of martial arts techniques for you to try.

Yoga

Yoga is well known for its meditative, strength-building and relaxing effects and for this reason it’s a wonderful alternative to traditional PE lessons.  Some experts say that Yoga doesn’t just benefit children in PE time; it could benefit their academic lives on a wider scale too, helping them focus and remain alert in class time.

A few yoga mats and relaxing music is all you need here – try our Funky Yoga-Fit scheme.  It’s so easy to teach and offers a great calming setting for the kids.

Hip Hop Popping and Locking

While some schools provide dance tuition as an after school event, very few use it as part of their curriculum due to lack of confidence around teaching the subject well and engaging the kids. But dance old and new is an excellent work out.  Everything from ballroom to break dancing can help the body in a number of ways. It increases cardiovascular capacity, helps weight loss and improves strength to name just a few benefits.  So choose one of our excellent funky music mixes and let the kids have some fun!

Launching is September is our Hip Hop Popping and Locking scheme – this fun and funky style is made easy by our brand new presenter, Jack, who breaks down the Popping and Locking movement patterns for children to follow and then build their own routines. The kids will think this is amazing!!

To view  your resources simply login, or sign up for a free trial here >