Skip to ContentSkip to Navigation
About usNews and EventsRUG videos

Learning through exercise

18 January 2017

Children learn better during maths and language lessons if they take exercise. This has been revealed by research by PhD student Marijke Mullender-Wijnsma. She studied the effects of the Fit and Smart at School programme, which integrates physical activity into school lessons. After two years, the learning benefit in the Fit and Smart classes was four months more than that of regular classes.

Mullender-Wijnsma, who will be awarded a PhD by the UG on 19 January, studied the effectiveness of the Fit and Smart (F&V: Fit & Vaardig) lessons among 500 pupils in 12 primary schools. Children who followed three F&V lessons a week made more progress than pupils who did not take physical exercise. After two years, the extra learning benefit in F&V classes in the fields of mathematics and spelling had increased to four months compared to classes that were taught regular maths and language lessons. This positive effect was still visible in maths results over six months after the F&V lessons had ended.

The F&V lessons turned out to have positive effects in other areas as well: pupils were more concentrated and task-oriented in lessons that directly followed a lesson during which they had been physically active

More information

University of Groningen videos

The weekly online video magazine Unifocus highlights topics related to the University of Groningen in the fields of research and society, student life, teaching, policy and internationalization.
You can find more videos in our video portal.

Last modified:05 April 2019 11.51 a.m.
printView this page in: Nederlands

More news

  • 16 July 2019

    Thirteen Veni grants for young Groningen researchers

    Thirteen researchers from the University of Groningen (UG) and the UMCG have been awarded Veni grants within the framework of NWO’s Innovational Research Incentives Scheme. A terrific result building on last year's successes, where 12 Groningen researchers...

  • 10 July 2019

    Impact of earthquake in Westerwijtwerd felt in wider area

    The earthquake in Westerwijtwerd on 22 May 2019 was felt by a large majority of residents in the municipalities of Loppersum, Hogeland and Groningen. In the immediate aftermath very few people needed acute assistance; however, many would have appreciated...

  • 08 July 2019

    Zeven RUG-projecten krijgen financiering via de NWA Ideeëngenerator

    De NWO heeft aan 37 out-of-the-box onderzoeksideeën financiering toegekend vanuit de Ideeëngenerator. Een belangrijk kenmerk van de projecten is een mogelijke maatschappelijke impact. Elk van de onderzoekers krijgt 50.000 euro beschikbaar om met samen...