Childhood Obesity Plan, pt. 2

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Following on from the launch of the government’s Childhood Obesity Plan (part 2) we’ve digested the information into a bite-sized summary of key findings and recommendations, with a specific focus on Schools and physical activity. The role of schools Part 2 of the government’s plan to significantly reduce childhood obesity identifies school’s responsibility to equip

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How we can help with your STUNNING START

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Launch a STUNNING START at your school with a Jumpstart dance experience. We have a wide range of workshop themes including Rio de Vida: host a samba party and bring the carnival to your school The Romans: become gladiators for the day Shakes, Shocks and Hotspots: discover the full force of extreme earth We also

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What is Musical Theatre? A Guide

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At Jumpstart we love to inform you about different styles of dance – it’s amazing that there are so many genres out there! Last year, we featured our guide to Hip Hop and Morris Dance; this week we’re chatting about Musical Theatre. Musical Theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken word,

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The impact of dance on physical health

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Recently we discussed the benefits of Dance on Children’s Mental Health where we noted one statistic showed that 75% of those with a mental health condition began developing it before the age of 18. Not only does Dance benefit a child’s mental health but is also important for their physical health. There is sufficient evidence

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Learn The Floss!

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Have you noticed your class wiggling about from side to side with their arms swishing around their waist? They are probably doing The Floss! I started seeing KS2 children doing the moves in January and since then it seems to have gone viral!  It all started with a young lad known as ‘The Backpack Kid’

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Emotions dance for Foundation Stage and KS1

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Our blog last week looked at children’s mental health, with a focus on year 6s and SATs. We all know that mental health is a serious issue for everyone, even at early years and Key Stage 1.  This is why we’re sharing with you today our lesson plan we use for 4 – 7 year

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Mental Health and Dance

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I love dance!  Which I’m sure comes as no surprise to hear seeing as it’s the nature of our business at JumpStart.  I love it because it’s always been a hobby of mine. I’m also aware of the contribution it makes to my own mental health: it makes me feel good and I forget about

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And the JumpStart Charity of 2018 is…

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The first big news of the year is that we have chosen Rainbows to be our charity of 2018. Rainbows is the East Midlands’ only hospice for children and young people and is based in Loughborough.  The charity offers a place where life-limited children and their families can find care and support. We’re delighted to

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National Obesity Awareness Week

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Hi everyone!  Happy New Year!  Hope you had a lovely, restful and restorative Christmas break? Here at JumpStart HQ we totally unplugged ourselves for two weeks – no social media or emails.  It was bliss!  And now we’re back and ready for action. January is usually the time where people make resolutions for the forthcoming

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Christmassy Dance Ideas!

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It is definitely that time of year!  We’ve got our tree up at home and the kids have written their letters to Santa.  Are you looking for some festive dance fun?  Then read the ideas below for inspiration… Create a Christmas present dance Ask the children think of a toy they’d like to give or

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