Dear parents/ carers
As a school, we want to deliver an outstanding education for all our children, but we also want to develop children who grow up with lifelong, healthy habits. Our Drive for this half term is healthy eating. This starts with us - the families and the school - working together in partnership.
To launch our drive on healthy eating, we are having a Health Week 4th - 8th July.
In preparation for this week, children will be coming home with Home Learning tasks about the importance of healthy eating. As always, please encourage your child by discussing this with them.
During health week, children will be keeping a food diary in school and will be encouraged to try out new healthier foods as part of their school lunch boxes. This will be the ideal time for you to encourage your child to try out something different e.g. replacing a packet of crisps with carrot sticks. On the attached sheet is information from NHS about what a balanced meal includes and some examples of what could make a healthy lunchbox.
Health week will also incorporate our sports days:
We would like to invite parents, carers and family to join us in our sports event - come and cheer your child on (you could even take part in the parents’ race!). After each sports day we are planning to have refreshments together. We will have a community picnic on the field so do bring a picnic rug, a cold drink (something healthy of course!) and a healthy snack (some fruit, vegetables, breadsticks…)
A further letter will be sent out about these events nearer the time with more details.
We will be encouraging children to bring in water bottles to school and there will be a daily class competition, run by school council, to see which class has the most water bottles being used. As a school, we promote drinking water only in between meals. Our relaunched draft Home School agreement which was sent out last Friday for your comments, includes our policy to only allow water to be drunk during the school day. This Health Week is our way of positively encouraging our children to understand our school’s healthy drinking policy.
Breakfast club will be running as normal during Health Week. This club is available all year around for children from 8am. It is a free club and enables children to come into school early and have breakfast with their friends and then play games. Breakfast is an essential meal as part of a healthy balanced diet and gives children a good start to the day. If you would like your child to attend breakfast club, please speak to Mrs Adams in the school office.
Finally, we will be encouraging children to only eat fruit or vegetables as their playtime snack. We are going to trial having a ‘Fruit Tuck shop’ open before school every day (8:30 - 8:5am) enabling you the chance to purchase fruit needed for playtime or lunchboxes. On the attached sheet are some example prices and a short survey to enable us to order sufficient quantities. Please remember that in KS1, free fruit is provided daily as part of the government fruit scheme. May we take this opportunity to remind you that sweets are not allowed in school at all. This again is mentioned in the Home School Agreement.
Healthy eating begins at home and so we would like to create a Four Dwellings Primary Academy Healthy Cooking recipe book. If you have any recipes of favourite meals that are easy to follow and healthy, then please send it in to school with your name and your child’s name on it by Monday 27th June. You could even send in a photo of you and your child cooking them! These recipes will be compiled into a recipe book, ready for sale at our Summer Fayre on Wednesday 13th July. If you are interested in supporting us with creating this recipe book, please speak to Mrs Rose.
Parents’ Diary for Healthy Eating Week.
In the community room, we will be offering the following activities:
Monday: Drop in, recipe book/sharing ideas
Tuesday: Healthy lunchboxes.
Wednesday: Fitness session with Israel Walker.
Thursday: Fruit tasting.
Friday: Creating our recipe book.
If you would have any questions about Health Week, or would like to talk about how to support your child with this, then please speak to either your child’s class teacher, Mrs Rose or Mrs Nott.
Many thanks for your support