We ask parents to provide water bottles with the appropriate stoppers so that the child can drink water when they want to during lessons without having to interrupt their learning. The pupils are able to fill these with chilled water at intervals throughout the day. The children will need to label their bottle and take it home at the end of the day to clean it. Studies have found dehydration can cause headaches, fatigue and can impair progress in learning. Please help to ensure your child does not become dehydrated during the day.
On busy midweek evenings during term time, preparing your child's lunchbox can seem like just another thing on the list. School meals are a great choice, but if you do make a packed lunch for your child then the Change 4 Life website has got a range of quick, easy, healthier lunchbox ideas. Their Eatwell Guide can also be useful when thinking about what goes into your child’s lunchbox and if you're still stuck for inspiration, look at their lunchbox recipes for other ideas and ways to make sure your child is getting tasty, varied lunches that are good for them too.
Please see below some of their tips about healthy lunchboxes.
LUNCHBOX SUGAR SWAPS
Swap from high sugar fruit juice to no added sugar fruit juice
Swap from a chocolate cake bar (eg mini roll) to malt loaf
Swap from split pot yoghurts to low fat yoghurts
TIPS FOR LUNCHBOXES
Base the lunchbox on foods like bread, rice, pasta and potatoes. Choose wholegrain where you can as this will keep them fuller for longer.
If your child doesn't like wholegrain, try making a sandwich from one slice of white bread and one slice of wholemeal/brown bread.
Keep a small selection of bread in the freezer. Make lunchboxes more interesting by using different shapes, like bagels, pittas and wraps, and different types of bread, such as granary, wholemeal and multi-grain.
Wraps and pots of fillings can be more exciting for kids when they get to put them together. Dipping foods are also fun and make a change from a sandwich each day.
Cut down on the spread used and try to avoid using mayonnaise in sandwiches.
Pick lower fat sandwich fillings, such as lean meats (including chicken or turkey), fish (such as tuna or salmon), reduced-fat cream cheese, and reduced-fat hard cheese.
Always add salad to sandwiches – it all counts towards your child's 5 A DAY.
Cherry tomatoes, or sticks of carrot, cucumber, celery and peppers all count towards their 5 A DAY. Adding a small pot of reduced-fat hummus or other dips may help with getting kids to eat vegetables.
If your child really likes their crisps try reducing the number of times you include them in their lunchbox and swap for homemade plain popcorn or plain rice cakes instead.
Try chopped apple, peeled satsuma segments, strawberries, blueberries, halved grapes or melon slices to make it easier for them to eat. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to stop it from going brown.
Dried fruit such as raisins, sultanas and dried apricots are not only cheaper than processed fruit bars and snacks but can be healthier too. Remember to keep dried fruit to mealtimes as it can be bad for your child's teeth.
Swap cakes, chocolate, cereal bars and biscuits for malt loaf, fruited teacakes, fruit breads or fruit (fresh or dried).
Go for low-fat and lower sugar yoghurt or fromage frais and add your own fruit.
Cheese can be high in fat and salt so choose stronger-tasting ones – and use less of it – or try reduced-fat varieties of cheese.
Get your kids involved in preparing and choosing what goes in their lunchbox. They are more likely to eat it if they helped make it.
HEALTH AND SEX EDUCATION
We believe that teachers and parents are partners in Health Education, making sure that children learn about personal hygiene, balanced diet and the value of an active body and mind. We feel that parents and staff should work in partnership to provide information, with language and terminology suited to each child, where emphasis can be put on caring and loving aspects of family life.
We aim, through P.S.H.C.E. lessons and other topics that contain aspects of Health and Sex Education, to develop a positive understanding about the physical, social and emotional changes that will occur as children grow older.
We would like all children to develop a moral framework which builds on self-esteem, loving relationships and respect for others.
The school nurse and other outside agencies visit school, when appropriate, to support with the delivery of the PSHCE curriculum and also advise staff re relevant sex education/puberty talks with Year 5 and Year 6 children.
See our PSHCE Policy for further information.
The school is currently reviewing Health and Sex Education curriculum in order to implement a new relationships and sex education and health education curriculum ready for September 2020.