Healthy School

 

Being healthy is really important, so as a school we are supporting children to make positive choices about mental wellbeing, nutrition and exercise.  Throughout the year children take part in enrichment opportunities such as cooking, mindfulness, gardening, exercise, sports and games.

More information about healthy living is available at Change 4 Life.

 

 

Here are two examples of a healthy lunch:

     

Vegtastic Lunch Box Ideas

 

Healthy Schools London

Horn Park has recently received the Healthy Schools London Gold award.

Being a healthy school does not only involve learning experiences with growing and cooking a selection of healthy foods. It is also about our support of physical activity seen by our successful sports teams who regularly participate in a range of tournaments within the borough.

Our playgrounds regularly have activities and games at play and lunchtimes to encourage children to be physically active. The trim trails offer children the opportunity to develop their gross motor skills, and experiment with different ways of moving. The children also receive at least two hours of PE each week.

Through the use of our dedicated and caring staff, our pupils’ emotional health and wellbeing is supported. Our 

Nuture group supports both children’s social and wellbeing needs, Working in partnership with families we regularly host coffee mornings where parents can meet with a range of professionals including speech and language therapists.

With the use of our new kitchen we are going to begin hosting parent cookery workshops, where parents are provided with the opportunity to share healthy and tasty recipes.  Also we will be setting up a healthy lifestyles working party where we will be working closely with parents in creating a list of healthy alternatives to foods with high sugar and fat content.

We have recently set up a group of Junior Travel Ambassadors who have been monitoring and promoting active travel within our school community. In July  2019 we received our TFL Bronze award and this year we will be working towards achieving Silver status. During daily learning children have been discussing the different ways they would like to travel to school and learning the effects pollution can have on the environment and their health.  Enrichment opportunities such as Road Safety Workshops, ‘Bike to School Week’ and ‘Road Safety Week’ have further provided the children with opportunities to explore different methods of travel and ensure that they can do this safely.

                                                                                                                          

 

 

Year 5 students will have the opportunity to learn how to ride bicycles safely on the road during ‘Bike Ability’ training course which will begin in the Autumn term.

 

 

 

Mindfulness 

At Horn Park, we believe that daily mindfulness meets a need for  children to find physical and mental calm. Calmness alone is not enough; awareness if also needed. Children are given the opportunity to be aware of themselves in the present time and experience qualities such as attention, patience and trust which in turn will make a positive impact upon their wellbeing. School Council representatives have each nominated a ‘Mindfulness Ambassador’ per class who will take on the role of leading whole class mindfulness sessions each day.   

 

 

Gardening

Gardening in school aims to provide us with healthy home-grown food and improve the school environment. Children’s appreciation of plants starts in Nursery and Reception who have their own outdoor gardens and mud kitchens. Forest School teaches children to respect habitats and understand how all living things depend on each other.

Growing crops in the Kitchen Garden and maintaining the new orchard provides and memorable learning experience which also has a positive impact on the children’s mental and physical wellbeing. A wide variety of crops are grown by children who learn to care for and nurture the plants. Often in the spring and summer our home-grown crops are served by children in the lunch hall. Gardening monitors ensure plants are watered in the summer and that compost bins are emptied regularly. Composting food and paper waste improves our sustainability.

 The most recent addition to our Kitchen Garden is the greenhouse which will increase the range of foods we can grow and extend the time we have in which grow them in. In the future we plan to increase the amount of food grown on site and use more rain water when watering plants. 

   

 

Cooking

Cooking is an important part of life at Horn Park and we enjoy sharing a love of healthy foods. Children making healthy food choices is important for their physical, social and emotional well being.

Children at Horn Park regularly partake in cooking sessions, often making links to other subjects in the curriculum such as literacy and history. For example Reception children were writing instructions of ‘How to make a jam sandwich’ following on from reading ‘The Giant Jam Sandwich’ and enjoyed making their own jam sandwiches.

Parents have also been enjoying partaking in parent and child cookery workshops and sharing their own favourite recipes.

 

During the Summer Term children have been enjoying the fruit pots that they can purchase from the fruit tuck shop every week. 

“It is delicious!”- Harrison