Sport in Schools

How can schools/teachers help their students to be more active?

The Premier's Sporting Challenge has worked with the University of Newcastle to show primary school teachers how to increase physical activity levels of students while teaching maths lessons!

Focussing on Stage 3 classes a recent study has proven that siginificant student engagement, on task behaviour and overall classroom behaviour can be achieved when students combine THINKING while MOVING!! 

Watch the videos to see how it easy it is to incorporate more physical activity into student learning while teaching Maths and share them with your colleagues!!

The 5 minute version provides a snapshot of the evidence for Thinking while Moving.

The 15 minute version gives a deeper understanding of why the concept works, how the school staff and their students felt about the experience and the benefits to them all of this new approach to teaching and learning.

Click on the lesson ideas below to see how you can have your students thinking while they are moving in Stage 3 Maths (or adapt them to suit your class level!!!)

Who wants to be Smart and Active?
Number and Algebra Addition and Subtraction 2 
Number and Algebra Addition and Subtraction 1 
Number and Algebra Addition and Subtraction 1
Number and Algebra Fractions and Decimals 2 
Fraction and Decimal Cards
Number and Algebra Fractions and Decimals 2
Number and Algebra Multiplication and Division 1
Number and Algebra Multiplication and Division 1
Number and Algebra Multiplication and Division 1
Number and Algebra Multiplication and Division 1
Number and Algebra Patterns and Algebra 1 
Number and Algebra Whole Numbers 1 
Number and Algebra Whole Numbers 2
Measurement and Geometry Area 1  
Measurement and Geometry Area 2  
Measurement and Geometry Length 1  
Measurement and Geometry Length 2 
Measurement and Geometry Length 3
Measurement and Geometry Three Dimensional Space 1    
Statistics and Probability Chance 2  
Statistics and Probability Data 1 and Data 2  

For more information about Thinking while Moving and how you can get it happening in your school contact Sue Meade on 9266 8317 or

- teachers, schools and communities planning amd implementing quality sport and physical activity programs.

In many schools sport and physical activity are already an important and integral part of the school management plan and contribute significantly to the culture and success of the school community. However the NSW Auditor General's report on Physical Activity in Government Primary Schools revealed an increased emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy outcomes and a decline in teacher confidence and competence in delivering extra-curricular activities. These have impacted, in many instances, on the value, quality and delivery of sport and physical activity as part of a whole school experience.

Why should schools support sport and physical activity? 

The social, cognitive and welfare consequences of involvement in quality sport activities address the National Professional Standards for Principals and can assist whole school communities in:

  • raising student achievement at all levels and all stages
  • promoting equity and excellence
  • creating and sustaining conditions for quality teaching and learning to thrive
  • developing and delivering community expectations and government policy
  • contributing to a 21st century education system at local and national level
  • the development of students as citizens of the world.[1]

[1] National Professional Standards for Principals, Education Services Australia (Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs), July 2011.

Significant international research and Australian government investigations indicate that students who experience positive, inclusive and rewarding school sport programs are more likely to exhibit:
  • improved academic results
  • self esteem and resilience
  • effective organisational, motivation and performance skills
  • connectedness to school
  • the benefits of an active lifestyle well beyond the school environment.[2]

As well as improving student performance and learning outcomes a quality physical activity and sport program, implemented as part of a whole school plan, can have many benefits for all stakeholders. These include:

  • improved student/teacher relationships
  • higher concentration levels on classroom tasks following physical activity sessions
  • more productive students with increased aspiration levels (especially amongst disadvantaged students)
  • stronger links between school, home and the wider community
  • decreased absenteeism.

Lifting Your Game is an opportunity for schools to review and revitalise school sport and physical activity and achieve improved outcomes for all students.

[2] Executive Overview, Putting Sport and Physical Education Back into Education, The Future of Sport in Australia, Australian Government, Independent Sport Panel. 2010