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