During the summer, we trialled some of our TAGTIV8 Number games. The responses from the Learners were really positive, as judged by their quotes, which you will find elsewhere on our TAGTIV8 site.
The physical and health benefits to Learners playing the TAGTIV8 games are obvious. Playing physical games:
- promotes healthy growth and development
- builds strong bones and muscles
- improves balance and develops skills
- maintains and develops flexibility
- helps achieve and maintain a healthy weight
- lowers the risk of obesity and weight-related illnesses
- improves cardiovascular fitness
- helps relaxation
- improves resilience
- provides opportunities to make friends
- improves self-esteem
However, we also need to consider this:
We know the Learners enjoy themselves, but does the playing of TAGTIV8 games actually have an impact on Learning and standards?
When you look at the work of the Sutton Trust and the Education Endowment Fund http://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/, it would seem that TAGTIV8 Games fit into areas that have a measurable impact on standards.
Phonics has a moderate impact for very low cost, based on extensive evidence.
The ratings are: £ and **** with an average impact of +4 months.
Sports participation has a moderate impact for moderate cost based on moderate evidence.
The ratings are: £££ and ** with an average impact of + 2 months
Outdoor adventure learning has a moderate impact for moderate cost, based on limited evidence.
The ratings are: £££ and ** with an average impact of +3 months
Other areas with a high impact that relate to TAGTIV8 in many ways include:
- the use of effective feedback;
- meta-cognition and self-regulation.
Searches on the internet provide a wealth of examples demonstrating the impact of exercise on the way in which we engage our brains and learn. Many teachers are familiar with Brain Gym and will vouch for the impact of such activities on their learners. More recently, the Research Team at Zondle have explored the area further and created their wonderful page, ‘The Science Behind…Zondle Team Play’. For further details, please visit https://www.zondle.com/publicPages/theScienceBehindZondle.aspx
As the number of schools and organisations using TAGTIV8 continues to grow, we will be able to provide further evidence of the impact on Learning and ultimately standards in English and Mathematics, as well as areas such as Attendance and Behaviour.
Please contact us with your Success Stories so that we may then share them with others.