Hello, my name is Jonathan Bhowmick, creator and founder of Action Mats.
Action Mats is an educational fitness resource that was originally devised as a way to engage children in exercise, using a series of highly visual cardio fitness stations that can be moved around to create games and team challenges. Fundamental to the concept is the simple way each activity is conveyed using illustrations and graphics printed onto each mat, so that children of any language and ability can easily and quickly get involved.
Initially designed for EAL children (English as an additional language), we hear daily that the simplicity of Action Mats is brilliant for pupils (and teachers) in every part of society. The speed of setting up lessons and the ease of understanding Action Mats is the key to their inclusivity.
There are many ways to use Action Mats including; fitness circuits, competitive games, problem-solving challenges and educational games. In addition we have created multiple, curriculum-linked activity plans, to assist with the successful delivery of lessons for everyone.
Hello, my name is Elita Bhowmick, assistant ‘Mat-Matician’ for Action Mats.
I studied Working with Children, Young People and Families at university and worked in many different settings with all ages of primary school children since completing my degree, so understand how time-consuming and stressful planning lessons and activities for the children can be! We wanted to create something that everyone would love while still helping with the children’s development.
We are very passionate about Action Mats and how they can easily help students enjoy sport and learning. Creating new mats and lesson plans and working with teachers from various schools up and down the country is a great way to perfect the mats to fit with the curriculum and children’s specific needs.
A Short History
We developed Action Mats Limited in response to PE practitioners looking for a combination of exercise and play. We came up with the idea that ‘Action Mat’, our stick-man character, would show children of any age and language ability how to do exercises on a bright and attractive activity zone – a defined space that attracts children to use it.
We set out to find a lightweight and durable mat that would be non-slip and non-trip, and enable bright and cheerful designs to be printed on it.
Once we found the material, we developed the range and, with help from PE teachers, fine-tuned the exercises and challenges to address children’s capability and attention span.
The great thing about the mats is they’re not just restricted for PE, we can use them for breakfast and lunchtime clubs and after school clubs.Jenny Rochford,
Head of PE
We love our Actions Mats and we think they are great!Hertingfordbury Cowper Primary School
Our after school children request them everyday and play for hours making up their own games.Heather Hudson,
Best Bedfordshire Schools Trust
The mats are really safe, if anyone falls over it wouldn’t hurt if they are on the mats. It is definitely a breath of fresh air for me, I’ve never seen anything like this.Andy Olde,
These mats seem to be different, every time we get them out the kids want to use them. You can use your sports premium money, which is perfect because for that you have a whole list of things that you have to check off when you are investing that money.Becki Powel,
The Wenlock School
Fantastic resource that as a school we use in a variety of different areas. Perfect for the children to set up themselves and the visual clues are excellent ensuring children remain focused on the task.Drove Primary School,
They are simple to use yet really really effective.Richard Lightfoot,
As a small school, we have to compete with larger schools and the sports premium is all based on pupil numbers. So of course we don’t have as much as the larger schools. But we want to make sure we can offer our children the same opportunities as larger schools. We feel like we are managing to do that right now.Sonia Fenner,
Pirton Primary School