Our school prides itself in being a safe and healthy environment for all children and staff, to work, learn and play. We promote this by providing children and adults with the opportunity to eat healthily and encourage all to take part in various activities the school provides.
Within the school we provide before and after school care as well as numerous after school clubs.
Also within the school day every opportunity is given to try new healthy snacks, as well as to drink plenty of water and eat fruit.
We also bring in various outside professionals to help the children understand the importance of keeping safe and healthy.
Before and After School Care
Breakfast club is from 8am – 8.45am and provides children with a healthy breakfast to start the day and time to play before school starts.
After school club is provided for parents who need a little extra time after school before picking up their children. We run from 3.15pm – 5.30pm, Monday ’til Friday and it is run by Mrs Land. The children are give a snack, then it’s time for some fun. Weather permitting we go outside but on dull days we stay in and play games, watch a DVD or simply chill out on the bean bags after a tiring day at school.
After School Clubs
On Wednesday after school the Sports Coach Andrew takes the children for sport activities. They participate in all weather either inside or out on our playing field. Our school holds a yearly football tournament for small schools and also plays many games against other schools.
Gardening Club is run by Mrs Bentley. The children grow a variety produce and take park in growing competitions. The gardeners also learn how to look after and improve our school environment.
Sport & Healthy School Activities During Our School Week
On Wednesday we have a sports coach who comes into school and takes all classes during the day for P.E. He provides the children with activities such as ball games or sports based carousels, he also teaches tag rugby, netball and hockey which the children all enjoy. All children are encouraged to participate. The coach also teaches athletics and gymnastics within the school.
On Thursday as part of our Staindrop School Sports Partnership we have a sports coach who comes in to school to do various games with the children, these include, tag rugby, multi skills, football and cricket. Each half term the children are invited to a festival/competition relating to the sport they have been playing.
The children are also provided with other sessions during the week, either in school on the climbing apparatus, or off site at the Leisure Centre.
Each day Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are provided with a healthy snack. It is a lovely time in their busy day to chat and socialise with friends.
Friday morning is ‘Keep Fit Friday’ where we do exercises to music, this is run by our play leaders and everybody takes part, children and adults alike. It’s such a fun way to start the day.
School Movement Programme
The school runs a movement programme, it is specifically designed for children who struggle with co-ordination of gross motor skills and fine motor skills also concentration.
The programme is developed to encourage areas of the brain to work together to provide the child with the ability to develop in such areas as balance, movement and co-ordination.
Taylor Shaw Promoting Healthy Schools
Christine Park from Taylor Shaw came into school to give us a talk on ‘how to wash our hands properly’ to prevent us from getting germs.
This was great fun as she had an ultra violet machine with her which showed us where we had not washed our hands properly. This fitted in with our Healthy Schools Award and our Science Curriculum.
For Sports Relief, as part of our Healthy Schools Week we had the ‘Smoothie Bike’ in school. Children took it in turns to use the bike to produce delicious smoothies which the children taking part in the Dance-a-thon had as refreshments to keep them hydrated and energised.
It gave us lots of opportunities to talk about making sure you get your 5 a day, drinking enough and keeping active. The local press even came along to see what we were up to.
We have also used the Ice cream maker resource box to produce Ice Cream teaching children about dairy farming and the processing of milk.
The Bread making resource box was excellent it explained wheat and the different stages of processing to produce flour we discussed Gluten and yeast, and experimented with the yeast producing gasses when the yeast was active.
These Fun with Food boxes have been a great source of information to encourage discussions about food and where it comes from.
Junior Road Safety Officers
Each Summer term, children from Years 5/6 are chosen to train as JRSO. The children have to apply for these positions and are interviewed by staff and the previous JRSO to get the job. Once trained the children do competitions, quiz’s and assemblies each term for all children to take part in. Prizes are given to the winners from each year group. The children take their positions very seriously and enjoy working with other children in different areas of road safety.Our Junior Road Safety Officers are available any time of the school day to talk to us about how to stay safe.
Junior ED Programme
As part of our on going programme teaching children how to be safe and understand how to look after themselves, we have welcomed a wide range of speakers and workshops in to school. We have had a visit from Jet & Ben the police dogs to help us learn about ‘Stranger Danger’. Our PCSO Iain Osborne talked to the older children about anti social behaviour and Joanne Boyd came in the discuss alcohol awareness. Judith Forster came in to talk about road safety and other workshops included: environmental awareness, hate crime, wildlife awareness and what to do in the event of an emergency.
All children in year 5 & 6 attend the Safety Carousel run by the local fire service and using real life workshops to raise awareness of water safety, dangers of electricity, what to do in the event of a fire, road safety and online safety.
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