We promote healthy eating through our curriculum and strongly encourage children to eat healthily when they are at school. We provide every child from Foundation Stage to Year 6 with a water bottle and they are encouraged to drink fresh water throughout the day. We also provide the option of semi-skimmed milk in the morning for all of our children. Foundation Stage and Key Stage One children are provided with a free piece of fruit each day. Our school meals meet the School Food Standards and are healthy, nutritious and well balanced. We also have a healthy lunch box policy which has been agreed by staff, pupils, parents and governors. We regularly offer healthy eating workshops to parents and carers to support them provide healthy food options for their children.
Walk to School
All children are encouraged to walk to school, or to park further from the school, if walking the full distance from home is not possible.
Mile a Day
Opportunities to be active throughout the school day are promoted. In Key Stage 1 children are encouraged to run around the playground for 15 minutes each day and in Key Stage 2 children walk, jog or run for 10/15 minutes each day to improve health and fitness. It has also had a beneficial impact on their concentration.
Fitness Friday allows children to experience how beneficial exercise is for our bodies, not only physically but also how it can help promote positive mental health. Children are asked to come to school wearing appropriate sports-wear to join in with physical activities throughout the day.
Quality sleep is essential for children’s growth and development. A decent night’s sleep will help them to concentrate more at school, allow them to react more quickly to situations, have a more developed memory, learn more effectively and solve problems, plus it will make them less susceptible to colds and other minor ailments, less irritable and better behaved. We make sure all our children are aware of the importance of sleep. We often remind them of this and provide them with tips to ensure they are getting a good quality sleep.
The well-being of our children at Mersey Park is our top priority. Every year we carry out a Well Being Day, to give the children a chance to relax and reflect. During this day, the children are involved in various activities including: peer massage; Lego therapy; karaoke sessions and yoga sessions. The children thoroughly enjoy the day and enjoy coming into school wearing their comfortable slippers.
Our current PSHE scheme ‘Jigsaw’ has a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. It enables teachers to deliver engaging and relevant PSHE within a whole-school approach. These lessons often include mindfulness, allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.