Fit for learning: what the research says about the potential benefit of sports.
Matthew Jenkin, September 2013
There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that physical activity actually improves the brain function. Sports/games that are unpredictable and require problem-solving may also boost executive functioning (skills that help the brain organize and act on information) which can transfer to academic tasks.
Additionally, physical education can also have a positive impact on student behaviour. PE can also be an opportunity to develop resiliency, independent learning skills, and mental alertness. (www.theguardian.com)
That's why at A21 Academy, we incorporate a unique blend of sports and academics. We begin each day with an hour of intense sports instruction (hockey, baseball, basketball, and swimming), followed by daily physical education as mandated by the Ministry of Education, and a wide array of intramural sports during the lunch hour. As a result, we are able to challenge our students with relevant, meaningful inquiry through the lens of entrepreneurship with a high degree of success!