ECO WEEK - Healthy Living
During Eco Week our focus was healthy living.
The children foccused on four main topics during this fun filled week. These were:
-Always Eat Breakfast
Breakfast makes a major contribution to the nutritional quality of a well-balanced diet. Well, imagine you're a car. After a long night of sleeping, your fuel tank is empty. Breakfast is the fuel that gets you going so you can hit the road. There have been many studies that show concentration in school children is improved with a healthy breakfast. The children will be learning about how important this meal is with the help of ‘The Activators’ a digital resource made by FoodFitness.
-Five a day
This is well known now, but it is important for our children to learn why it is important. Evidence shows there are significant health benefits to getting at least five 80g portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day. The 5 A DAY campaign is based on advice from the World Health Organisation. The children will be identifying and tasting a wide range of fruit and vegetables including raw, canned, dried juiced and frozen.
-Don’t be a Dolittle & Be Active
The ‘Join the Activators’ resource helps demonstrate that by making small changes to our lifestyles we can become more active and so keep healthy. Being more active doesn’t have to mean playing sport, although that provides excellent exercise – even more walking helps. The children completed a bleep test during Eco week to see, how as a school, how fit we were. The children are currently aiming to run a mile a week with the encouragement and support of all of the staff. During sports week we would like to bleep test the children again to see if fitness, as a whole, has improved.
During the week we also asked children to become sugar detectives. As part of the Change 4 Life scheme, they hunted out the sugar hidden in some of their favourite snacks. Also we thought it would be a perfect opportunity for us to make some healthy alternatives to the not so healthy snacks we all love, such as: crisps, sweets and cakes.
Market Street Event
During Our Market Street event which happened on the Thursday afternoon of 'Healthy Living' week. All classes provided samples of their healthy food snack swaps for parents to try.
We also had some very special people join us. These people were:
All of the children learned from these experts, as well as them providing information for them take home. Also some Year 5/4s put on some ‘Be Active’ workshops outside on the playground and field.
It was a fun filled informative experience for all!
Year 1 visited Bristol Zoo to look at all of the animals and learn about their natural habitats.
They had so much fun whilst they were learning.
As our theme is healthy living we thought we'd showcase all of the fantastic sporting and outdoor activities our children have taken part in this year.
In summer 2014 we received our 2nd Green Flag award. We are very proud of this and would like to thank all the staff and children for their hard work and dedication!
Our Eco Action Team are made up of Teachers, TA's Parents and at least 2 dedicated class members from each year group, assigned annually.
A few years ago a very beautiful horse chestnut tree in our school grounds had to be cut down after two big branches fell off it. It had a disease.
We decided to make a special garden where it had been. Every class has had an area to plan and make things for. Some of our fantastic parents have helped us a lot.
We now have a willow tunnel in it too.
Well at the start of the Year the whole school took part in a Reduce Reuse themed ECO week.
We focused on our school grounds for the day appreciating all of the fantastic nature that is around us and why it is up to us and important to maintain such beauty!
All the classes in the school focused on a topic that gets wasted in our world today. Each class researched what would happen to our environment if we kept throwing these products away.
For example in Y4 they looked at the damage plastic bags do to the environment and why it is always important to reuse rather than keep taking new bags every time we shop
Reception looked at Rubbish as a whole and focused on Simon Bartram's stories of Bob, Man on the Moon who has to tidy up after himself otherwise the moon will be destroyed.
Y5 looked at how their carbon footprint effected the environment and what they individually did each day to increase global warming. They then pledged that they would try and reduce this by doing activities each week that involved less power.
Each class also made something new from something old to meet our reuse theme. We invited the whole community along with some special speakers including Warmer Worcestershire and Love Food Hate Waste for a Market Street with a difference – ECO MARKET STREET. The children set up stalls where they got to showcase all of the research they had been completing, as well as selling the new for old items they had created. The parents found this very informative and everyone enjoyed watching Y4’s plastic bag fashion show.
We have also had a massive focus on Global Learning this year and have done some exciting activities surrounding this topic. We and our partnership school created some African bag gardens.
Mrs Millar visited Tanzania and Mrs Mosha visited us here in Bredon.
Y4 as part of their passport to the world topic have looked at the difference in food consumed by the average person in each of the four continents. As well as some traditional art and cultures celebrated across a range of countries in these continents.
Watch out for our food miles challenge....coming soon....