Recommended age group: 5-11
Time required: 10-30 minutes
Equipment: simple classroom equipment – pens, balls, music
The Travel to Tokyo challenge is all about getting young people active together with their families. The challenge from Team GB, ParalympicsGB and Sport England uses the inspiration of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to get 5–11s and their families moving, aiming to build lasting active habits.
HOW IT WORKS
Schools create teams for each class. Pupils log activity completed inside and outside of school against their teams to help their team meet weekly goals (the ‘current goal’). Pupils are particularly encouraged to do activity with family to help meet their goals and increase their team totals. Pupils, teachers and families can follow the progress of the team and school using the Team and School Dashboards. Teams who meet or exceed their targets are in with the chance of winning prizes, including athlete visits and take-home prizes like skipping ropes and speakers. Local leisure facilities are also supporting the challenge – look out for free sessions and places where pupils and their families can log activity.
WHAT TO AIM FOR
We are all starting our journeys to healthy active lifestyles from different points. The Travel to Tokyo challenge recognises this, encouraging everyone to improve their personal best, working towards the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines on children’s physical activity.
- Aim for 10 – get active in busts of at least 10-minutes
- Be a Half Hour Hero – aim for 30 minutes at school, 30 minutes at home every day
- Hot and Sweaty – push beyond your comfort zone, aiming to Breathe Faster and even get Hot and Sweaty[SM1]
Travel to Tokyo encourages pupils and their families to get active together by trying new things and having fun. This doesn’t have to be a sport – we want pupils to find ways to move that they can enjoy together with their families.
Teachers/school staff can create teams for free. They will need to be registered on Get Set (free). We recommend one team per class. Once teams are set up, pupils and families can log activity easily without an account or code. Teachers/staff can also manage teams as and when things change. Visit the Manage Teams page to start your journey. You can also use the Team Goals sheet with your class to help them think about their team identity and focus their efforts throughout the challenge.
INTRODUCE THE CHALLENGE
To get started, familiarise yourself with the ins and outs of the programme and the materials using the How To presentation to introduce other staff members to the challenge. Use the Launch and activity support presentations to launch the challenge with your pupils and deliver the activities below.
SET A BASELINE
Travel to Tokyo is all about improving your pupils' activity levels by encouraging them to get active with their family and peers. To start, create a baseline of where your pupils' activity levels are currently at, and encourage them to identify people who could support their journey towards activity, using the My Active Circle activity sheet.
Invite pupils' families to join in the journey by giving pupils the Home Flyer and encouraging them to complete and log activity at home. This summarises all the information they need about the challenge. Encourage pupils to explore the importance of Business Cards in Japanese culture, and use these to formally invite their family members to take part.
CREATE a display area
Remind teams to stay active and get the whole school involved by creating a prominent display using the Travel to Tokyo Poster. You can follow the progress of the whole school using the School Dashboard – and see which teams are on track to meet their target.
Beat personalised WEEKLY TARgets
Every week on Monday, we will release a new goal for your team. Teams will have until Sunday to beat their target, which will encourage them to sustain or improve their previous week’s performance. You can track team performance using the Team Goals activity sheet. Schools who meet/exceed their target in Liverpool and Merseyside (our pilot area) will have the chance to win great prizes.
CHECK OUT THE TOKYO TEN Activities
The Tokyo Ten activities are quick and easy 10-minutes activities that count towards daily activity – perfect for a quick energiser in class or for pupils to complete as an active homework challenge.
PROMOTE LOCAL OPPORTUNITIES
Promote local opportunities to get active, including opportunities via participating leisure centres.
For more amazing ways to get active, check out these programmes:
Share your school’s journey on @GetSetCommunity #TravelToTokyo or create a showcase on the Get Set website.