Change for Life / Health Week
Health week is a whole school initiative that takes place for one week during the summer term. It is a fun and exciting week with a number of interesting activities booked for all children. Health week is a way of encouraging both staff and pupils to discover new ways of improving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and state of mind with a view to this impacting on their future life.
Every year we try to vary the activities to give children the most exciting and interesting experience possible. This year we have combined this with a Sponsored Fun Run.
What is yoga?
Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing. The practice originated in India about 5,000 years ago, and has been adapted in other countries in a variety of ways. Yoga is now commonplace in leisure centres, health clubs, schools and hospitals.
What are the health benefits of yoga?
Studies suggest yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance. There’s some evidence that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain – depression and stress.
A line dance is a choreographed dance with a repeated sequence of steps in which a group of people dance in one or more lines or rows without regard for the gender of the individuals, all facing either each other or in the same direction, and executing the steps at the same time.
Food Technology– Kebabs, Smoothies and Fruit Tasting
During the week all children had the opportunity to participate in some form of food technology. The younger children read a book called Handas Surprise and tasted different types of fruit, whilst the older children made fruit kebabs, vegetable kebabs or smoothies. This encouraged them all to try new foods.
The children have learnt about the importance of correctly washing their hands.
Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water.
When should you wash your hands?
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal
- After handling pet food
- After touching rubbish
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy
- Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Throughout the week each class had the chance to relax and develop their mental wellbeing in the relaxation room. The darkened room was set out with low lighting and comfy cushions in order to enhance the mood.
A traditional May Day dance is Maypole Dancing.
On May Day, people used to cut down young trees and stick them in the ground in the village to mark the arrival of summer.
People danced around the tree poles in celebration of the end of winter and the start of the fine weather that would allow planting to begin.
Maypoles were once common all over England and were kept from one year to the next. Schools would practice skipping round the pole for weeks before the final show on the village greens.
The end results would be either a beautiful plaited pattern of ribbons round the pole or a tangled cat’s cradle, depending on how much rehearsing had been done.
Maypoles are still a part of some village life and on May Day the villagers dance around it.
The final event for the whole school was the sponsored fun run. Every class took part in the fun run and it was great to see so many parents/ guardians supporting them.
The children ran around the track as many times as they could before getting a drink and a piece of fruit.
The money is still coming in but when we have a final figure we will let you know.
To celebrate health week the children were given the challenge to design bunting so that they could be hung around school. The winners of the competition will be announced next week when all the designs are handed in.
The 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics are just around the corner and to promote this the children were encouraged to find out about hopeful medallists from Team GB.
- Zoe Smith (weightlifting)
- Max Whitlock (gymnastics)
- Giles Scott (sailing)
- Lucy Garner (cycling)
- Siobahn-Marie O’Connor (swimming)
- Constantine Louloudis (rowing)
- Chantelle Cameron (boxing)
- Adam Gemili (athletics)
- Aaron Cook (taekwondo)
- Katerina Johnson-Thompson (athletics)
- Hazel Chaisty (archery)
- Olivia Breen (athletics)
- Jack Laugher (diving)
- Josef Craig (swimming)
- Claudia Fragipanne (gymnastics)
Can you think of any others?
What did you find out?
What is meditation?
Meditation is a means of transforming the mind. Meditation practices are techniques that encourage and develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity, and a calm seeing of the true nature of things. By engaging with a particular meditation practice you learn the patterns and habits of your mind, and the practice offers a means to cultivate new, more positive ways of being. With regular work and patience these nourishing, focused states of mind can deepen into profoundly peaceful and energised states of mind. Such experiences can have a transformative effect and can lead to a new understanding of life.
Breakfast club for parents
On Tuesday and Thursday with the help of several year 6 pupil and staff parents, guardians, grandparents and other family members were invited to join us for breakfast. It was nice to get together and socialise over a drink and a healthy snack at the beginning of the school day.