Hamstel Infant School and Nursery are committed to ensuring that our children have opportunities to learn about and adopt healthy lifestyles and be aware of the range of factors that contribute to physical, emotional and mental health. Our school acts as an environment which models best practice relating to health and well-being for all.
We have Healthy Schools Enhances status and last year we focussed on three targets:
The first was to further reduce the number of children not having a hot lunch choice at the school. The school has excellent quality meals based on freshly made dishes and lots of healthy choices. Through education and trialling we were able to reduce the number of children nor choosing a hot meal to less than 1%. 97% of the children said they loved the food and 80% regularly add salad from the salad bar to their meal.
The second target was to increase the amount of provision for sporting activities especially those which increase the pupils’ heart rate. We increased the number of physical clubs from 4 to 14 in the year and the number attending increased. Over 60% of our children attended additional clubs of a sporting or physical nurture which was an increase of 20%.
Balanceability sessions for Year 1 children:
We also introduced “The Daily Mile” where on most days each child runs with their friends and staff for 10 to 15 minutes and tries to improve their distance run or jogged over time. Stamina, well-being and concentration have been noted to have improved as a result.
1st Place Cross Country Team
The third target was to increase teachers’ skills and confidence in teaching personal, social, social, emotional, health and relationship education and developing a curriculum that matched what we covered to the needs of our children and the cross-curricular topics/ themes being covered. A revised and improved curriculum was developed based on the PSHE Association scheme and training provided to staff. Lesson observations of PSHE/ Science and other relevant subjects showed evidence of good levels of children’s knowledge in relation to PSHE, for example their knowledge of what constitutes a healthy balanced meal, their road safety awareness, personal hygiene knowledge and their ability to say what being healthy means.