We are the 'Health and Wellbeing' Team and we are looking forward to sharing our projects and initiatives with you. Everything that will be implemented over the coming years will have a positive impact on the Health and Wellbeing of all children in our school (and perhaps even the adults!).
Who are we?
Rachel Calvert Y3 (Extra-Curricular Clubs)
Helen McDonald FS (PE)
Sam Dykes (PSHCE)
Neil Brookfield (School Council)
This year, we have already successfully introduced 5-a-day TV into the classrooms. This is a fun, active workout for 5 minutes and the children are loving it! It helps us to get in some extra exercise during our day, but also to focus our brains more on our learning.
October: We have just sent off an application to 'Awards for All' to request some funding to pay for some playground equipment to be installed at the bottom of our playground. The school council have been busy looking at the sort of things they might like to play on. Hopefully we'll have some good news to share soon! Watch this space!
This year, we have already launched our ' GREAT DREAM!'. 'Great Dream' is an umbrella term for all the amazing things that are going on in our school already and we are bringing everything together this theme. We have been doing lots of things in class (indoors and outdoors) through PSHCE and other lessons. Each class have also been given a creative homework project to complete, linked to the GREAT DREAM. Have a look at our Twitter feed to see all the amazing things the children have been doing across the school.
What have we already done?
Our initial project in 2014 focused on the 'Health' aspect and it was important that we raised the profile of cooking in school. We achieved this by gathering recipes from families, classes and staff to compile and sell 'Fabulous Food Fun' - our school cook book. Cooking continues to be a valuable part of the curriculum this year and the allotment will generously add to ingredients available to our children.
Growing for Cooking
Over the last few years, pupils have worked hard preparing the allotment beds each winter and spring. We create so much material for composting that a resourceful parent helper built a new compost area re-using wood from previous projects, with children watching on. Fruit trees have been pruned and a new strawberry bed established. Harvests are good - apples, pears, sweetcorn, raspberries, elderberries, sloes and the herb bed is going strong. Children have planned what to grow next considering cooking opportunites in class. This was a very good ongoing project for learning: nurturing, connecting with nature, food and each other, enjoying exploration and developing curiosity.
Our Wellbeing - Self esteem
The children have been busy in their PSHCE lessons this term making themselves feel good about each other. In KS1, classes have been making their own little rain clouds by writing lovely things about their friends on them and what is special about each person.
In KS2, children made paper chains or posters about their friends with all the things that like about each other on and they took them home.
The teachers had a training day on 24th June and Dariel Pitt, who is trained in Mental Health First Aid, came and delivered a session for the teachers. We started with some mindfulness breathing for our own well-being and then learnt about how to identify if children weren't feeling themselves and what we could do to help them.