An evaluation of the impact of a Tagtiv8 maths lesson on physical activity, executive function and maths attainment in primary school children in Key Stages 1 and 2
Researchers from Leeds Beckett University conducted an evaluation of the use of Tagtiv8 in lessons and found that it was beneficial for learning.
Their study was based on a comparison of children in a Tagtiv8 active learning lesson with a sedentary classroom lesson, with tests taken before and after to measure any improvement. In the lesson time, pupils in the active lesson achieved 9 minutes and 7 seconds more moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, and spent 15 minutes and 39 seconds less in sedentary activity.
The children in the active learning lesson showed some improvement in the Maths Addition, Subtraction, Speed and Accuracy Test (MASSAT) and Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT-4), with those who were most active showing the greatest improvement in the MASSAT. Results also showed that the test outcomes were more likely to decline following a sedentary lesson in comparison with an active lesson.
The evidence supports the implementation of Tagtiv8 to increase physical activity in lessons. One lesson can contribute to the daily 60-minute physical activity recommendation of the Chief Medical Office as part of schools’ anti-obesity plans, and the use of these lessons has shown an increase in pupils’ numeracy performance.
“I personally am a big advocate of Tagtiv8…nearly every school I’ve worked with has got a Tagtiv8 kit and I think it’s one of the best partners we have.”
– Chris Sturgeon, Evolve Health Mentor
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