Movement Break Ideas for School


The start of the new school year is a great time to rethink how your class will run, and put in place new ideas to help children focus, attend and stay regulated.  We all find it difficult to sit still for long periods of time, and even adults need to get up and move.  Children are often expected to sit in class for much longer than the bodies are ready to handle.  There are lots of ideas below for movement breaks in the classroom.  Why not try this term to increase the movement breaks for the children in your class and see what a difference it makes.

Movement is detected by our vestibular system as we move our head, and our proprioceptive system as we contract our muscles.  These two sensory systems are also key in developing motor coordination skills.  To find out more about our vestibular and proprioceptive systems and their role in motor coordination and regulation see the Autumn Term courses.


Movement Break Ideas

Exercise Videos

Animal Exercises for Kids – particularly suitable and fun for younger children.

Cosmic Kids Yoga – yoga adventures for children aged 3 +.

Kids Dance and Fitness Workout  – for slightly older children with more dance type moves.

Kids Workout – designed for older children who want a  more serious fitness type workout.


Amazing website with loads of free videos for different ages designed for the classroom.  Some good exercise videos designed especially for tight spaces.



Movement Break Jar

Here are a couple of photographs for a movement break jar or bucket.


Ideas for Your Movement Break Jar

This website has some good ideas of activities to put in your movement break jar.







Animal Actions for Your Movement Break Jar

Younger children will enjoy these animal action cards, free printable download.








Autumn Term Courses

There is a programme of courses arranged for the Autumn Term including an advanced two day course on behaviour and sensory processing.   All the courses are held at The SPACE Centre, Preston and are open to teachers, professionals and parents. Applications are now open for all courses and places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

All courses are also available as INSET or in house training, please contact us for further details and prices.

Setting Up Motor Programmes in Schools

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3 October 2017

Many children in education have not developed the basic motor skills that lay the foundation for academic learning to take place.  Research has shown that by developing children’s foundational motor skills, through motor programmes in schools, progress is seen in academic and learning skills such as handwriting, reading, hand-eye coordination, concentration and attention. The aim of this course is enable school staff to identify children with motor learning difficulties and equip them to set up appropriate individual or group  motor programmes in school. The course also gives staff the necessary tools to screen children’s motor skills so enabling potential problems to be detected early in the child’s school life.  There will be a practical session in the large sensory room at SPACE.

Introduction to Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder 

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18 and 19 October 2017

Some people don’t behave as we expect them to – not because they won’t, but because they can’t. Inefficient processing of sensory messages that come from their body and environment often cause this unexpected behaviour. These people may withdraw from physical contact, refuse to participate in typical classroom and playground activities, or respond in an unusual way to ordinary sensations such as touch, movement, sights and sounds.

This popular two day course will provide participants with an understanding of sensory processing disorder and the everyday difficulties that children and adults experience at school, home and other settings. The main focus of this course will be to give participants the tools necessary to identify and analyse sensory behaviours, and then set up simple and appropriate sensory strategies. There will be a practical session in the large sensory room at SPACE on Day 2.

 Making SENSE of Behaviour

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22 and 23 November 2017

How do we make sense of some of the difficult behaviours we see in children and adults that we work with?  Is it just behaviour? is all behaviour “communication”? or is it more complex than this?

For example, how do we make sense of:

  • A child who appears to be consistently defiant and manipulative
  • A young person who head bangs without any apparent trigger
  • A child who never sits still, seems to be constantly distracted and unable to concentrate

Understanding why individuals behave in the way that they do, and how it may be linked to sensory processing difficulties, is fundamental to developing appropriate and effective strategies and interventions that will lead to effective change.

The aim of this two day advanced course is to provide teachers and health professionals with a structured framework to develop an understanding of an individual’s behaviour, drawing on ideas from a variety of approaches to develop an individualised formulation. This will inform a clear intervention involving developing and implementing appropriate and effective strategies and programmes to assist the individual in school, home and other settings. Understanding and integrating sensory integration theory into the formulation and intervention will form a key part of the course. There will be a practical session in the large sensory room at SPACE on Day 2.

This course provides an extension to the knowledge gained on the course ‘Introduction to Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder’.