Get Bizzy for Active Schools Week 2021

By June Shannon Policy News   |   26th Apr 2021

The Irish Heart Foundation is proud to support Active Schools Week 2021 (#ASW21)  which runs all this week from Monday 26th of April to Friday 30th  April.

The Irish Heart Foundation has developed an innovative interactive on line programme  called ‘Bizzy Breaks’, especially for Active Schools Week this year.

Bizzy Breaks is  a collection of activities for primary school pupils designed to help schools integrate physical activity breaks into the school day  and keep kids moving during Active Schools Week 2021 (#ASW21).

All Bizzy Breaks activities are adapted to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 Response Plan for the safe and sustainable reopening of Primary and Special Schools, require minimal space or equipment, and many can be done outdoors.

Bizzy Breaks can be easily incorporated as movement breaks in the classroom and include a range of fun active challenges from animal moves to alphabet action and dancing dice. The programme comes with interactive Bizzy Break visuals including spinning wheels, dice, alphabet boards.  They are sure to add fun to your classroom movement breaks throughout Active School Week and beyond.

Research shows that physically active children find it easier to concentrate and focus and enjoy school more.

Research shows that physically active children find it easier to concentrate and focus and enjoy school more.


As a part of Active School Week, classes are asked to come up with different challenges to do each day. You can find a selection of simple challenge ideas here using balloons and beanbags, as well as a number of activities that don’t need any equipment.

For #ASW21 the Active Every Day Challenge has been developed to encourage both school communities and families to work together to help more children and young people gain more active minutes every day. The challenge for schools is to find three different ways to energise the school day. Teachers are also encouraged to find ways to teach subjects in a more physically active way and, where possible, to bring learning outdoors

As part of #ASW21 schools are asked to replace written homework with Daily Physical Activity Challenges. These challenges could be set by members of staff, sports organisations and/or by local or national role models. Ireland Active continues its support for #ASW by encouraging students to #TakeOnTheTeachers, one of the most popular activities of many #ASW programmes

Parents/guardians are asked to help young people to continue to find ways of being physically active after school. A wide range of Keep Well resources is available to help families get active together. School staff members are also encouraged to build physical activity into their day once school ends.

#ASW21 is part of the Active School Flag (ASF) initiative of the Department of Education, supported by Healthy Ireland and administered through Mayo Education Centre. The aim of the programme is to get ‘More Schools. More Active. More Often’. ASF is awarded to schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community.

For more information on fun ways to get active during Active Schools Week with The Irish Heart Foundation’s Bizzy Breaks see here.

All of the #ASW21 resources, ideas and supports are accessible here. 


Facebook Twiter Email

Related Topics

Active school flag active schools Active Schools Week 2021 Bizzy Breaks physical activity schools

More on Policy News

Almost 14,000 people could die due to higher temperatures in the last decade of this century

As temperatures increase, so will hospitalisations and climate-related deaths.

Read More

Heart News   |   10th Jul 2024

Tobacco 21 measures with Cabinet for approval

This measure will provide vital protection to our young people

Read More

Tobacco / Vaping   |   13th May 2024

TD’s and Senators encouraged to sign pledge for heart and stroke patients

Political support needed for practical, social and emotional support services of CVD patients

Read More

Policy News   |   25th Apr 2024

Support the Heart and Stroke Funding campaign 2024

Thanks so much for supporting our campaign to safeguard Irish Heart Foundation support services for heart patients and stroke survivors. Please download our step by step guide to how you can help us lobby your local politicians. You can choose to download the leaflet relevant to your county in the list below. If you have any queries on this campaign or contacting your local politicians please email

Read More

Policy News   |   8th Apr 2024

Translate »