Healthy Schools Scheme
This national scheme encourages schools to develop a whole school approach to health promotion. It focuses on relationships; curriculum development; liaison with the wider community; school environment and above all, the well-being and care of individuals in the school. The scheme currently operates in over 200 schools across Bedfordshire.
As part of the Healthy Schools Initiative, free fresh fruit is distributed daily to all of our nursery, reception and Key Stage One children. Our children are always encouraged to choose healthy options and a healthy balanced diet is offered daily.
Children are encouraged to drink water throughout the day. The installation of a water fountain has also encouraged the children to drink more water and each child has been allocated a water bottle. Recent studies suggest that concentration levels improve with regular water intake.
Active Playgrounds – Our children are encouraged to take part in healthy activities and they now have an interesting variety of games and equipment to play with at break times including skipping ropes, footballs, a huge parachute and numerous other fun items. Each week children take part in at least two hours of curriculum based physical activity. The local Rotary Club have expertly painted the playground with bright colours and have generously donated an immense amount of play equipment.
We promote physical activity by offering a variety of sporting activities during P.E lessons and have recently introduced “Brain gym” which enhances the flow of oxygen to the brain and hand eye coordination. We also encourage extra curriculum activities such as football and netball clubs within and after school. The school regularly takes part in inter-school competitions and have been very successful.
School Environment and Surroundings
Flower beds and bulb planting: Members of the local Rotary Club have also planted several flower beds and containers around our school grounds, which greatly enhance our surroundings. They have also recently constructed a decking area where the children can relax and appreciate their surroundings. It is hoped that an extra-curricular club will be established to maintain the garden.