the battle of 30 minutes a day to apply

Since the start of the school year, primary school students have had 30 minutes of compulsory physical activity per day. A measure that is difficult to implement in most schools due to a lack of resources, materials and time.

[Mise à jour du 22 septembre 2022 à 11h00] Since the beginning of the school year, primary school students are expected to exercise thirty minutes a day. A measure announced by Emmanuel Macron last June, after witnessing it at 7,000 voluntary schools in 2020. And if the test proved conclusive in the latter, the generalization of this provision to the 49,000 primary schools in France is not so obvious. First, teachers don’t have time to incorporate this half hour devoted to physical activity into an already busy 6-hour daily program. Because nuance, it’s not about really doing sports, that’s the specific goal of the two-hour weekly EPS, but to get the students moving. And if the days of sports, physical activity is excluded, the latter is a very abstract discipline for the rest of the week.

Indeed, the Circular from the Ministry of Education gave no guidelines or precise directions as to its realization, simply stating that “sportswear is not necessary”while Pap NDiaye was equally laconic during his back-to-school press conference, imagining that “these 30 minutes can take place within the establishment itself without logistical mobilization“. And this is where the problem lies for the teachers union SE-Unsa, who regrets a lack of equipment, while the 7,000 test schools were equipped with special kits. Without material, and without really available time, the development of this measure, three weeks after the start of the school year, is therefore a semi-failure. Solutions have already been considered for efficient implementation, such as using the extracurricular framework, or break time. A final proposal that will probably be abandoned soon: “The time of recreation is a break without restrictions to allow the child to breathe,” estimates the union SNUipp-FSU. Despite this chaotic beginning, there will eventually be organization and logistics to make these 30 minutes of activities, which appear to be essential in view of the sedentary lifestyle and obesity that are rampant among adolescents.

Sport in school: a matter of health, development, equality and success

The values ​​of sport are those of the Republic: respect for others, dedication, self-sacrifice“, Jean-Michel Blanquer recalled in February 2021 during the 5th edition of the Olympic and Paralympic Week.”We want to strengthen the place of sport and the body in school : inscribing a lasting sporting ritual in the child’s life from an early age, contributing to student success and equal opportunities, as well as forging enlightened citizens., for its part, explained Roxana Maracineanu. The Minister of Education and his then sports colleague had urged: the importance of encouraging sports practice at schoolnot only to provide students with the regular practice of physical activity but also for encourage the “live together“. In addition to the ambition to offer 30 minutes of sport per day for studentsThe project is built around two priority actions: learn to swim and avoid drowning with the “aquatic convenience” plan and the “know how to ride a bike” plan aimed at 6/11 year olds. Two extra lessons”to the fundamental knowledge that the school provides: reading, writing, counting.

  • Know how to ride a bike: let students learn to ride a bicycle and learn to ride a bicycle, but also get to know the traffic signs and get to know the road code. The aim of this 10-hour training for children aged 6 to 11 is to “the practice of independent cycling for all children before going to universityThe use of this learning in the school or extracurricular context must take place en masse in 2022.
  • Aquatic Convenience: The aim of this plan, launched in April 2019, is to help children be comfortable in the water and learn to swim from an early age. It targets children from an early age as it targets school children aged 4 to 6 as part of learning during school time, extracurricular or extracurricular time.

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