Health & Well-Being
Health & Well Being (PE, School Sports, PSHE, Extra Curricular Activities)
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Childhood has changed and we can no longer assume that any child is able to experience full and rich play opportunities outside of school.
As an OPAL school we believe that play teaches children all of the things that need to be learnt but cannot be taught. There are clearly lots of benefits to children from having lots of great play, but the good news is that there are also many benefits for schools too.
Some of the benefits of being an OPAL school are:
- Behaviour – happy children don’t cause nearly as much trouble as bored children
- Accidents – OPAL schools have up to 80% less reported accidents
- Staff well-being – Supervising happier children leads to happier staff
- SLT time – senior leaders report a dramatic reduction in the time they spend on resolving play conflicts
- Teachers – consistently report more teaching time in afternoon lessons
- Self-regulation – children in OPAL schools learn to self regulate through practice, trust and freedom
- Physical activity – all children, including girls, SEN and non-sporty children are significantly more active
- Mental well-being – Research shows OPAL children are happier and self-reporting improved mental health
- Social and emotional development – Good play in the laboratory of life where relationships are practised
- Links to formal learning – Many OPAL schools report increased creativity, imagination and collaborative skills
- Attendance – children can’t wait to come to OPAL schools because they have such fun
- Parents – we all want our children to be happy. Well informed parents at OPAL schools love it that their children are happier
- Rights – Play is a child’s right as recognised by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
- OFSTED – OPAL schools can easily provide evidence on their approach to wellbeing and inclusion
- Risk – OPAL schools report significant improvements in children’s ability to identify and manage risk
PSHE / Healthy Living
At Much Woolton we follow the ‘Jigsaw’ scheme for PSHE. Lessons are delivered by class teachers. Our PSHE curriculum is further enriched by the links we have with our community. Jigsaw holds children at its heart, and its cohesive vision helps children understand and value how they fit into and contribute to the world. This is the link to Jigsaw where more information can be found about the programme that we follow. Jigsaw Link There is also a video about our programme.
We will be delivering a new E-Safety Scheme this year and following Kapow. We recognise national Safer Internet Day each year in school via assemblies, outside visitors and PSHE lessons. Some of our topics covered are self image, copyright and cyber bullying. Updates to parents are regularly sent home regarding e-safety. Stand alone PSHE lessons are delivered to address any issues around social media etc. as and when we feel necessary, often this is during circle time.
We are very proud of our Silver Liverpool Health & Wellbeing status which we were awarded in March 2023. . Our two whole school targets were our OPAL playtime initiative and Road Safety around our school.
Emails are regularly sent out to remind all about keeping lunchtimes healthy
What does junk food do to our bodies? Newsround Article
Link to Change 4 Life website – Change 4 Life
We participate in World Mental Health Day each year. This year we supported Young Minds and wore something yellow. A link can be found here to Young Minds for more information. https://www.youngminds.org.uk/
We annually invite our Road Safety Team into our school and workshops are delivered for all key stages about how to stay safe on the road. In year 6 our pupils are prepared for the transition to KS3 by participating in sessions which teach them how to use public transport safely.
Our Year 6 pupils also take part in Personal Safety sessions which are delivered by Judo Education.
As part of our PE programme, our EYFS children learn how to ride a bike over a series of 6 weeks during ‘Balanceability.’ Cycling proficiency is then offered to our Year 5 children who are all taken out onto the roads by the cycling team.
Our ‘Powerability’ sessions are delivered during the summer term by our sports coach. These sessions take place during the school day to enthuse some of our less active pupils.
Swimming – Year 5 and Year 3 all regularly attend swimming lessons at Garston Baths. Lessons also include how to stay safe in the water. It is a statutory requirement that all year 6 pupils leave Primary School able to swim 25m. For those children who don’t achieve this in Year 5, we invest in top up sessions for them in Year 6. In 2022-2023 95% of Year 6 pupils left being able to swim 25m.
Sport and P.E. – (See our Sporting Achievement Report )
Our PE curriculum continues to be supported by our close link with Liverpool School Sports Partnership however we have our own full time Sports Coach. All pupils receive 2 hours of PE per week with one lesson being delivered by our full-time specialist Sports Coach. The second hour of PE is delivered by class teachers and we are now following a new programme called The PE Passport. Our full time coach is on hand to support staff on a daily basis with the delivery of PE and ongoing staff CPD.
Kite Marks – We currently hold The Sainsbury’s School Games Kite Mark at their PLATINUM Level. 2022/2024
Sports Leaders – We currently have 10 Young Leaders who are trained to deliver and promote active lunchtimes on both playgrounds.
The Daily Mile – As a school we are actively taking part in a National Initiative called ‘The Daily Mile.’ We use our running track to enhance our fitness levels on a daily basis. More information about the Daily Mile can be found by following the link. https://thedailymile.co.uk/
Competitions – We participate in a record number of competitions and details of our successes from our last academic year can be seen on our Sporting Achievement Report. As well as competitions we also attend many festival style events and development days to ensure as many of our pupils as possible have the opportunity to represent our school and try our new sports.
Everton School Supporters Club – Again this year we signed up to be affiliated with Everton’s School Supporters Club. They provide a number of opportunities to affiliated schools including match tickets, cross-curricular lessons, coaching and competitions. We recently enjoyed a visit from EFC and Sky Sports! Everton’s newest signing, Beto participated in some of our PE activities focused around ‘teamwork.’
WOW Living Streets Travel Tracker
Our school has chosen to continue to be part of an exciting nationwide challenge to encourage more children and their families to walk to school. WOW – the year-round walk to school challenge is delivered by Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, to help as many children as possible experience the benefits of walking to school. WOW is a pupil-led initiative where children self-report how they get to school every day. If they travel sustainably (walk, cycle or scoot) once a week for a month, they get rewarded with a badge. It’s that easy!
What are the benefits of walking to school? Walking to school helps children feel happier and healthier and they arrive refreshed, fit and ready to learn. More families walking means fewer cars on the road during the school run, helping to reduce congestion and pollution at the school gates.
What if you can’t walk to school? If you live too far away or don’t have time to walk the whole way to school, you can Park and Stride to help your child earn their WOW badge. Park or hop off public transport at least ten minutes away from the school and walk the rest of the way.
We deliver many extra curricular activities throughout the school year. These include Netball, Football, Judo, Lego Club, Science Club, cross country, craft club to name a few.
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Our school caterers are Food For Thought. Our children are provided with a healthy school lunch each day.