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Healthy Schools

Healthy School

What is a healthy school?

A healthy school cares for its pupils, its staff and the whole community it serves.

A healthy school is successful in helping pupils to do their best and build on their achievements.  It is committed to on-going improvement and development.  It promotes physical and emotional health by equipping pupils with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their health.  A healthy school understands the importance of investing in health to assist the process of raising levels of pupil achievement and improving standards. It also recognises the need to provide both a physical and social environment that is conducive to learning.

Our Vision

Here at Surfleet Primary School, we achieved the Healthy Schools Bronze award in 2012 and although this programme was dis-established in Lincolnshire in May 2015, we are still committed to the 'Healthy Schools' ethos.  We understand that the Programme isn't just about physical health, it's about good health and happiness inside and out. We recognise that a Healthy School involves the whole school community - from parents to governors to school staff - in improving their health and their happiness and getting the most out of life.

A healthy place to be

Children in Healthy Schools feel healthier, happier and safer.  Their parents feel more involved in their child's health and learning and often feel better themselves.  The Healthy Schools programme brings sustained improvement in behaviour and standards of work.

Our Aims

The impact of the programme is based on a whole-school approach to physical and emotional well-being focused on four core themes:

  • Personal, Social & Health Education
  • Healthy Eating
  • Physical Activity
  • Emotional Healthy & Well being

 

Healthy School

Making the difference with healthy choices

 We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it kick starts our metabolism and gives us energy for the morning ahead until lunchtime.  We encourage the children to have the right breakfast to feel alert and ready to begin lessons. We run our own breakfast club from 8am each morning. Please enquire at the school office or check the website for further information.

 Our school participates in the The School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (SFVS) which can help your child achieve 5 A DAY. Fruit and vegetables are a good source of the nutrients that children need and form part of a healthy, balanced diet. It's recommended that children – like adults – eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day. But research shows that on average children in England eat only about three portions, with many eating fewer.

The SFVS and your child: If your child is aged four to six and attends a fully state-funded infant, primary or special school, they are entitled to receive a free piece of fruit or vegetable each school day. That provides one of their 5 A DAY portions, and the scheme also helps to increase awareness of the importance of eating fruit and vegetables, encouraging healthy eating habits that can be carried into later life. Teachers find that distributing the fruit in class groups helps to encourage a sharing, calm, social time. It also allows them to incorporate the scheme into teaching and learning.

You are welcome to send a snack in for your child to eat at break time, however we request that this is either fresh or dried fruit, to fit in with our ‘healthy eating’ ethos.

 

Your child may choose to have hot school dinners at Surfleet Primary School, which are provided by a company called Farm Kitchen. Parents need to order meals online at www.thefarmkitchen.com – for further information, please see the ‘School Meals’ tab on the school website. Alternatively, you may wish to send your child to school with a packed lunch. The children spend time learning about healthy choices for their lunchboxes and we ask parents to avoid including sweets, chocolate and fizzy drinks.  Many parents/carers already do an excellent job in providing their children with a healthy balanced lunch.

We recognise the importance of physical health and the lifelong advantages physical exercise has on our lives.  We encourage the children to use exercise in their daily routine and not just during sporting activities.

At Surfleet Primary School we create many healthy activities these are just a few examples:

  

Bikeability

As well as encouraging children to walk to school we also encourage them to scoot or cycle. The school provide facilities for children to safely store cycles, scooters and helmets. Upper KS2 children can participate in the ‘Bikeability’ scheme, whereby they are instructed in the safe riding of bicycles on the road.

Lunchtime Sports Club

As well as after school clubs, we also hold lunch time sports clubs twice a week, so that all children can access extra-curricular activity, even if they are unable to stay after school. We also hold termly inter-house matches, so that children can play competitively in a range of sports over the year. See our Sports page on the website for more information.

Social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL): Improving behaviour, improving learning

SEAL aims to develop the underpinning qualities and skills that help promote positive behaviour and effective learning. It focuses on five social and emotional aspects of learning: self-awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills.  The programme helps children develop skills such as understanding another's point of view, working in a group, sticking at things when they get difficult, resolving conflict and managing worries.

Year 5 and 6 children are trained as sports leaders and peer mediators to help to ensure the younger children enjoy their playtimes.

 





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