Pupils in Wells are running or walking a mile a day to help make them fitter

Pupils and staff at Wells Primary School are having 1 mile of exercise every day to help improve the

Pupils and staff at Wells Primary School are having 1 mile of exercise every day to help improve their health and fitness. Picture: Matthew Usher.

They do four laps of the field at Wells Primary and Nursery School in an initiative started by one of their teachers.

Pupils and staff at Wells Primary School are having 1 mile of exercise every day to help improve the

Pupils and staff at Wells Primary School are having 1 mile of exercise every day to help improve their health and fitness. Picture: Matthew Usher.

They do four laps of the field at Wells Primary and Nursery School in an initiative started by one of their teachers.

The school is believed to be the first in Norfolk to sign up for the Daily Mile - a scheme set up after a survey of 10,000 primary school children found two-thirds of them lacked basic fitness.

Scottish head teacher Elaine Wyllie transformed the health and fitness of her pupils.

In Wells, the idea was championed by teaching assistant Cat Cameron, who introduced it to pupils at assembly three weeks ago.

Pupils and staff at Wells Primary School are having 1 mile of exercise every day to help improve the

Pupils and staff at Wells Primary School are having 1 mile of exercise every day to help improve their health and fitness. Picture: Matthew Usher.


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'The idea is it's 15 minutes from desk back to desk again,' she said. 'So some of them will do a mile in the 15 minutes, we've got some children who are very sporty. Some might just walk it but will do 15 minutes.'

Children began with a maths lesson, measuring the field to work out how many laps were required to complete a mile. All of the school's 202 pupils and members of staff now take part.

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Fellow teaching assistant Sharon Price said: 'I run with the children every day - it's nice to get some fresh air.'

Naithas, aged nine, said: 'You can run in all weathers, even if it's raining.

Pupils and staff at Wells Primary School are having 1 mile of exercise every day to help improve the

Pupils and staff at Wells Primary School are having 1 mile of exercise every day to help improve their health and fitness. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Eight-year-old classmate Ruby said: 'The daily mile helps you eat, sleep and concentrate in class better.'

School executive head Alastair Ogle said: 'It's a great initiative, getting children involved in physical activity as early as possible is really important.'

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