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Dance in the physical education programme allows students to express themselves while keeping fit. Brain Gym Exercises are a good starting point for introducing dance into the curriculum.  

The main aims of Brain Gym are to:

• promote play and the joy of learning

• draw out and honour innate intelligence

• build awareness regarding the value of movement in daily life

• emphasize the ability to notice and respond to movement-based needs

• encourage self-responsibility

• leave each participant appreciated and valued

• empower each participant to better take charge of his own learning

• encourage creativity and self expression

• inspire an appreciation of music, physical education and the fine arts.

Brain Gym’s Midline Movements focus on two-sided (left-right) movement across the midline of the body. Development and/or properly functioning bilateral movement skills are important for crawling, walking, seeing depth, and are a prerequisite for whole-body coordination and ease of learning in the near-visual area. The Midline Movements help integrate binocular vision, binaural hearing, and the left and right sides of the brain. Over the last century, crawling has been used in neurological patterning to maximize learning potential.

Presenting Kids’ Athletics

The Kids’ Athletics programme is meant to empower the class teacher to use this programme as an educational tool. In fact, at various stages such a programme helps also in the academic subjects by exposing the children to subjects such as The Olympics  in such a way that maths and science can be integrated besides the physical factor. It is the ideal window of opportunity for the child’s enhanced neural development where the skills of running, jumping and throwing will open up new doors for the children themselves.

This programme consists of 11 events which are selected by the IAAF for this age group, namely rope skipping, cross hopping, speed ladder, endurance race, forward squat jump, kids’ javelin throw, knee throwing, precision throw, formula one race, sprint/hurdles shuttle relay, limited triple jump. A Kids’ Athletics Festival follows this programme.