Etz Chaim is officially a Healthy School!
In February 2016, Etz Chaim Jewish Primary School was awarded the National Healthy Schools Bronze Award 2016. We received this award in recognition of the work that we do to promote physical and emotional health and equip pupils with the understanding, skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their health.
In November 2016 Etz Chaim Jewish Primary School was awarded the National Healthy Schools Silver Award 2016. In order to receive this we undertook an analysis of pupils' needs, and identified new actions that would help pupils achieve and maintain good health and well being.
As part of our Silver award action plan, we decided to encourage the children to eat more salads at lunch time. Year 4 used their persuasive writing skills to create a campaign to encourage the children to choose more salads and then led an assembly on the topic of healthy eating. This was followed up and reinforced in Circle Meetings.
We have also launched new Social skills groups in order to improve well being and help all children to become active listeners.
In addition, as part of our Silver plan we wanted the children to become more active each day and so Year 3, 4 and 5 took part in the Mayor's Golden Kilometre Challenge! According to London Sport only 24% of boys and 16% of girls in London meet recommendations for physical activity. Growing evidence shows that increased physical activity and improved fitness levels in school children is associated with better academic success and improved classroom behaviour. We measured out how many times around the playground made a km and then for 6 weeks, Year 3-5 walked or ran a km every morning after tefillah! The children really enjoyed the challenge and took pride in improving their timings each week.
We are now working towards our Gold Healthy Schools award!