Best for KS2 & Secondary
Easily accessible from the App Store
No technological skills needed 

When it comes to warm-ups, keeping the routine fresh is half the battle. Teachers use all sorts of games to keep their classes engaged at the start of a PE lesson. Decide Now can help parents mimic that fast-flowing switching up of warm-up ideas. The app enables its users to create customised spinning wheels. Parents and their children can type in any number of physical activities ideas into the spinning wheel and let fate decide what order they run through the warm-up. Variety is key to Physical Education. Making sure that children explore a variety of different sports literally flexes different muscles. Using Decide Now can help parents and children randomise their sporting pursuits as well.  
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Apple Health

Best for Secondary and Higher Education
Accessible on new Apple Devices
Intuitive and easy to use
 
The Apple Health App comes as standard on any new Apple device. It enables young learners to really get a clear idea of their physical output and as well as giving them a base level of fitness to improve on. In school, fitness is always being assessed through regular Physical Education Activities and good PE teachers will have a firm understanding of each child’s capabilities. Therefore, they are able to help an individual develop skills at their own pace. The Apple Health App can go a long way to fill the role of a PE teacher tracking progress. It can display physical activity data in a clear way and help learners to improve on their stamina. It is also worth remembering that children are now not able to physically compete against each other. Competition is obviously a driving force that encourages learners to develop their skills. With Apple Health, they can compete against themselves and look to improve on their own goals.      

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Sworkit

Good for all ages
Easily accessible from the App Store
Some basic app skills needed
 
There are many ‘workout’ apps out there, but Sworkit is a good choice for young learners and beyond as it has a wide range of choice that is applicable for all ages. Firstly, the app is like a library of different workouts subdivided in to Strength, Cardio, Yoga and Stretching. Learners can build their own workout plans by mixing and matching different options or follow pre-made schemes that are built around specific goals.
 
Crucially, however, there is an entire section dedicated to ‘kid workouts’. This section enables children to customise their own warm-ups and decide how long they would like to be exercising. They can then follow the clear visual and auditory instructions on the screen to take part in their own custom plan. This is not only an engaging way of keeping fit, but it also gives learners some ownership over their own physical activities.  

Toca Dance Free

Best for EYFS & KS1
Easily accessible from the App Store 
No technological skills needed
 
Toca Boca are app developers that specialise in creating musical experiences for young children. This app is no exception, but as the name suggests, this app is focussed on dance. Amazingly, the developers have created an easy way for children to create their own dance routines and then practice them along with the screen. Firstly, the learners generate their own dance troop in the form of three engaging avatars. They then use their fingers to move the avatar’s bodies, assigning each move to a different colour. 

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When all of the dance moves are created, they are then ushered into a dance hall to string all of them together along to the music. Not only is it an extremely engaging way of getting children to move, but it’s also very creative. Users of the app can learn to move the bodies in new ways and think more deeply about the pace of their movements. Even the smallest children will get a lot out of Toca Dance Free.  

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Coach's Eye

Best for Secondary and Higher Education
Easily accessible from the App Store
Some basic app skills needed
 
Coach’s Eye is a good app for the more serious aspiring athletes out there that have been denied a whole terms worth of Physical Education.
It offers an intuitive and innovative way of monitoring games skills so that students can improve on their sporting techniques. First and foremost, the app uses the iPad’s camera to help capture physical activity. With smart annotation tools, learners can then analyse their movements and zone in on poor skills. Coach’s Eye really enables young athletes to look at their technique in fine detail through frame-by-frame analysis. Using the apps spilt screen feature, users can put two videos side-by-side and observe how much they have improved upon their technique. It really is a comprehensive tool for skills development. No matter the sport or the area of physical education, Coach’s Eye offers an innovative and engaging approach to sporting progression  

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