University of Exeter
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InterACTIVE tactics

InterACTIVE tactics

Key Points

This strategy is a classroom activity: an experiment to demonstrate concepts about moving and learning

How is this tweaked for flex?

This strategy is designed to support staff to overcome any worries they may have about whether children can move around and learn at the same time. Children who flex is designed for may really benefit from additional movement in terms of their focus and concentration, but we know this isn't always easy to understand in the classroom

  • Watch the video on moving and learning
  • List any concerns or preconceptions that you have about it, using the initial concerns template
  • Use the mythbuster sheet to see common concerns
  • Choose two worksheets or desk-based activities for the activity below- tailor this to your class and their age
  • Split the class in to two groups
  • Group 1 are to sit still for two minutes and then complete the worksheet or task
  • Group 2 are to move around for two minutes before they start the worksheet or task
  • Then swap, give the class a second worksheet, and have Group 1 move around first and Group 2 stay still
  • Ask the students to reflect: what did they notice about doing their work after they had moved around, and when they hadn’t? 
  • Tell them what you noticed
  • Do you still have any concerns about moving while learning? Consider what things stop you from incorporating movement into the day for the class?
  • List them using the remaining concerns template
  • Talk about the barriers with your SENCo and colleagues
  • For things that could be flexed or changed, particularly structural things, talk to senior leadership about this and see if they will support you to allow changes (you can note down your ideas on the SLT template and take this with you for that conversation)