Berea Primary gets kids learning fit with new programme

Teacher, Chantele Erasmus, does one of the exercises with learners, Kayla Manning and Tallulah Nyameni.

BEREA Primary School’s teachers recently underwent training through 4EverFit4Kidz, a programme of brain and body exercises used to set up brain pathways in children ahead of learning.

The programme is based on brain and body fitness which aims to consciously choose to develop the brain and body through playful and imaginative physical movements designed to fire neurons and develop neural pathways for pre-schoolers to mid-teens. The course is made up of a set of 21 tools (exercises of three minutes in length) which can be practiced by children of any age or ability, and are ‘played’ in collaboration between the children and the teacher.

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The exercises are done seated at their desks in the classroom in order to stimulate and develop the five primary functions of the brain, strategic planning, memory and recall, analytical thinking, creativity and imagination and kinesthetic learning.

“The teachers really enjoyed the two-day course and the children are enthusiastic about the programme. The results since we started doing this with the children have been amazing! We are excited that we were the first school in South Africa and the second in the world to be chosen to do the course,” said principal, Bridget Williams.

 

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Lauren Walford
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