Active recreation

Schools can provide a range of opportunities for students to undertake unstructured, leisure-based physical activity.

What makes active recreation

Active recreation includes active play and recreation before, during and after school (inclusive of recess and lunch), outdoor learning, incursions, excursions and school camps.

Unstructured, leisure-based physical activity is vital to children and young people's daily activity levels. Providing access to a range of developmentally appropriate, fun and non-competitive active recreation options allows all children and young people to find activities they enjoy.

Schools can support active recreation by:

  • encouraging outdoor play and recreation to help students develop fundamental movement skills and physical strength whilst being adventurous and having fun
  • using outdoor learning to increase physical activity by connecting classroom-based learning with field-based experiences
  • offering and promoting active recreation options to students who are disinterested in traditional organised school sports
  • appropriate provision of free time and unstructured lunch and recess breaks.

Strategies and approaches

These strategies and resources provide suggestions for how schools can support active recreation.

Active recreation resources