Short, daily physical education sessions are being introduced to all Angus primaries as concerns rise about the health and fitness of young people.
It is the first time for some 15 years that a Scottish authority has opted to provide daily activity for primary pupils after a pilot in Renfrew schools proved successful in raising fitness levels without damaging academic attainment. It failed to secure a lasting curriculum slot because of rising costs.
Now teachers and classroom assistants in Angus will be asked to take time out for at least 20 minutes a day to raise the ulse of P4-P7 pupils by selecting a range of activities suitable for the gym, playing-field, playground, corridor or classroom. Younger pupils may join in later.
Activities can take place at the start of the day, morning interval or lunchtime, at the end of the day or as a break between lessons. Ken McKay from the education development service said a pilot in 100 classes across 17 Angus primaries proved such an initiative was possible and enjoyable.
Mr McKay said: "Pupils should also find increased motivation and performance in their curricular activities."