Children become less active each year of primary school

A new study funded by the British Heart Foundation shows that by age 11, children are doing more than an hour less of physical activity a week than at age 6.

Monitoring the behaviour of more than 2,000 children from 57 schools across South West England during primary school, it found children became 17 minutes less active per week every year.

This study found that 61 per cent of children in Year 1 did at least an hour of MVPA per day, but by Year 6, only 41 per cent achieved the target. The drop was particularly steep for girls, who fell from 54 to 28 per cent by the time they finished primary school.