We teach students about the importance and benefits of healthy habits as part of our Personal, Social, Health and Economic syllabus, and promote physical activity, a balanced diet and self-care activities throughout the curriculum and school life.
All children having a school meal eat in the school hall at round tables. We run Family Dining, where children lay their lunch places and serve out water, bread and salad to accompany their meal. Good manners, politeness and social skills are promoted and modelled daily.
All children receive a new water bottle at the start of each school year and are encouraged to drink water throughout the day to prevent dehydration, tiredness and to ensure they are ready to learn.
Fruit and snacks
All children in Nursery, Reception and KS1 receive a free piece of fruit or healthy snack each day.
Chocolate bars, sweets, junk food and fizzy drinks are not permitted at any time.
We have a dedicated Pastoral Team – ‘The Caring Crew’ – who work in the Newhaven room. They are on hand to support the children with social, emotional, mental health, behaviour and well-being needs. They also work very closely with parents and carers and offer various courses and advice for parenting.
The Caring Crew work with children in class as well as running interventions for individuals or small groups to help children with a variety of needs including managing their feelings, developing their social skills, forming friendships or helping them deal with loss, bereavement and worries.
The Caring Crew are on the playground every morning and can also be contacted via the school office.
The aim of the fitness programme is to ensure that pupils receive regular exercise activity. Lessons are designed to raise the heart rate and improve overall fitness, stamina and flexibility. Units across the year and across the school develop the following:
- Flexibility exercise. Children become more agile when they are able to stretch and move their bodies in a full range of motion. Encouraging children to begin stretching in childhood can help them maintain limber physiques throughout life.
- Strength and stamina. Strength exercises can help children build healthy muscles. With an appropriately organised programme, children can advance their strength and stamina. Due to the age of pupils and risk of injury during growth spurts no weights will be used during strength classes; most workouts will focus on non-resistance training and developing stamina.
- Aerobic exercise. Cardiovascular training is an important component of children’s fitness, keeping their heart and lungs strong.
- Circuit training. Children can apply their strength and stamina, and develop greater levels of fitness through circuit training. Circuit training combines aerobic exercise, strength, stamina and flexibility.