Healthy Bodies and Minds
Health can be measured in many ways and at CPS we encourage healthy bodies and minds.
CPS children have great opportunities to develop their physical health and wellbeing. We plan and deliver active PE lessons, both indoor and outdoor - weather permitting! Key Stage 2 also spend time at the pool developing their swimming skills.
A range of on and off site tournaments are participated in with recent examples including Tag Rugby, Multiskills, Indoor Athletics as well as involving external sports coaches in areas such as tennis and kwik cricket.
Year 5 also have the opportunity to develop road safety and cycle awareness through the cycling proficiency scheme each summer.
We also encourage children in selected year groups to take part in the residential visits that we plan - Year 4 take part in a 2 night visit to Court Hill and Year 6 enjoy a 5 night visit to an activity centre. These help children to develop resilience (many are away from home for the first time), new skills (making a bed!) and develop new friendship groups which in turn helps to diffuse some issues before they even arise, allowing them to focus more clearly on their learning throughout the year.
Mental health is vital in being able to become an active and independent learner - being able to think through a problem and try different solutions before arriving at a final solution is a great skill to develop and it encourages children to want to discover more for themselves and to develop their own thinking skills.
Nutritional health is something we really excel at here at CPS with our nutritionally balanced lunches provided by Clever Chefs, who provide a varied range of dishes each carefully created to ensure a healthy diet for the children. Pupil and Parent Voice is important at CPS so we ensure that pupils and parents have a say in the menus, through menu surveys. Those having a packed lunch are encouraged to keep it healthy where possible to refuel our busy learners. Please see the link below to the Change for Life website, which provides information about how to create healthy lunchboxes.
All classes cook or bake during the school year to encourage discussion about healthy diets as well as developing the skills to measure, prepare and cook a healthy recipe.
We request that children have a healthy snack for breaktimes such as an apple, banana or a pot of grapes etc... Water plays a vital role in keeping us healthy so children have access to drinking water in the classroom and water bottles can be brought in and kept in the room for this purpose.
Emotional wellbeing is paramount to a happy child and a happy school - CPS takes great pride in developing awareness of others through our Values, choosing a specific area to focus on each term really focuses thinking.
Awareness of environments, no matter on what scale from global to individual classrooms, is a driving force within the school.
Listed below are some ways that help to make our impact a little less noticeable on the environment around us.
- Each classroom is actively involved in recycling all the paper waste.
- Turning off lights in spaces that are not being used.
- Developing garden or growing spaces around the school to encourage birds and other creatures.
- Turning off projectors when not in use.
- Closing doors behind us - especially in winter!
Eco Council and Eco School
From November 2019, the school began running an Eco Council, with children from Key Stage one and two. The children decided to make the recycling of rubbish a priority, and created posters for all of the classrooms, to remind people to recycle, and what needs to be put into the bins. They also conducted a survey to find out how people get to school, walking, scooting, cycling or by car.
Unfortunately due to lock down in March 2020 we had to finish our Eco journey.
We are proud to say that we have a new Eco council for the academic year of 2020/21. Some of our new to the Eco council and others are form last year (eager to finish what we had started!) and are from key stage one and two.
We are firstly thinking of an Eco code that we would like to share with the rest of the school and our Governors and parents. We are also in the middle of making Eco posters. Our next step is complete the environmental review to assess what areas of the school needs development. We are very excited about what changes we can make and to begin following the seven steps, to become an Eco School.
Watch this space!