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Health and Wellbeing

The Healthy Places team has worked very hard to promote mental and physical wellbeing for children, staff and parents. Queen Mary School is very proud to have achieved Bronze of Healthy Places in May 2015! There has been lots of celebrations. We could not have done it without the help from the ladies from the food and fitness team and members of the healthy communities. A big thank you goes to Laura Peggs who has been a great support and helped us to establish our healthy team meetings. She has been a never ending source of information to enable the Healthy Places team to support health with children, parents and staff.

Healthy Schools Update May 2016

Queen Mary Avenue has been working hard to stay fit and healthy this term. The week beginning May the 16th is our 'Walk to school' week. Walking can help lower your risk of developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and it can lead to fat loss. You can easily burn 500 calories a day by walking. The best thing about walking is you can do it anywhere — at work, home, or school. On Friday the Senior Leadership Team will be handing out dojo credits for those children who have walked to school. So make sure you park the car a few streets further away from school and your child will earn an extra 3 dojos!

How to include more walking in your life

  • Park the car further away from school.
  • Use the stairs instead of the lift.
  • Go for a walk with a friend or walk the dog.
  • Walk to a co-worker's office instead of calling or emailing.
  • Go for a walk instead of watching TV or scrolling through your Facebook timeline.
  • Use different walking routes to avoid monotony.

Our school is offering many opportunities for children to take part in physical activity. FS 2 take part in a fantastic yoga session with Claire Roach. There are also lots of after school clubs running this term including: Gymnastics, football, Zumba, skipping and forest school. Look out for the new clubs starting next term. KS 1 have been learning about what to do in an emergency and have been practising first aid skills.

Food is never far from out thoughts here at Queen Mary! Down the corridor you will usually be greeted by some mouth watering smells. Healthy flap jacks made with museli and healthy sugar substitutes are just one of the many healthy recipes
made by FS2 children on a Friday afternoon. Every Tuesday night children get the chance to make lots of delicious foods in our cooking club for KS1.

Keep checking our healthy web page for ideas and exciting healthy news!

Date Added: 18/05/2016

Healthy and E Safety Week

We have been busy this term keeping fit and healthy. Every body has been learning all about keeping safe on the internet. Mrs Rudd delivered a special assembly telling us what to do if we feel uncomfortable on the internet and think that we maybe in danger from strangers when playing games. In our classroom 'Smarty the Penguin' has been helping us to notice signs of possible dangers and how to act on these in smart and fun way! Carers and Parents have completed a questionnaire to find out how safe we are when using the internet at home. There will be a newsletter sent to help adults protect children when using the internet at home. Also in our classes we have been learning about the many different devices that we can get access to the internet.

In January Kevin Hopper took part in Foundation 2 'Wonderful Wednesdays'. He talked about the importance of eating well and exercising to help him achieve his title of Light Weight Boxing Champion of England in 2015 title. Children were amazed at how fast he could skip and how heavy his belt was!! Our teachers keep reminding us about what we could achieve with a little hard work like our local hero Kevin.

To complete this half term the nursery and main school have been taking part in lots of healthy cross curricular activities during our week dedicated to health. Staff, parents and children have been making pledges to stay healthy, these have been displayed in our classrooms. The children have been very good at making sure the teachers stick to their healthy pledge!!! Some of the classrooms even have their own gym areas.

On the last Thursday of half term Liz Summers the Kick Boxing expert talked to all of our children about keeping yourself safe and others through self defence. We are very proud of her achievements and she has encouraged us to keep our healthy pledges so that we can achieve great things in our life's too.

Look out for our sugar information board around school and updates on our Health and Wellbeing webpage!
Date Added: 11/02/2016

Staying healthy!

We are busy keeping fit and healthy through the Winter at Queen Mary Avenue School

Parents have joined our child and parent Zumba class this takes place every Tuesday. It's a fun initiative that helps families have fun and stay fit together. The children have loved having parents join their dance class. They have encouraged their parents to go each week, even when they might not feel like it during the cold dark winter months!

Children have been learning new moves and skipping skills with Miss Lidgard. They have learned new routines to demonstrate in Assembly to promote movement as a healthy choice and to enter local competitions. Children that participate learn so much more than skipping skills in her fun club. Classroom assessments show the positive impact this has had on other areas of the children's curriculum.

Pamela Moore led a fantastic intervention cookery group with Reception children. The group targets children with poor language skills as well as improving knowledge of healthy eating and cooking skills. Each group gets 6 x40 minute sessions and are kept small to help the children make quicker progress.

Every class made a healthy soup. Some children created their own recipes and wrote about the benefits of eating a variety of vegetables. Reception class made bread, butter and vegetable soup. At the end of the week the governors judged the best soup in our healthy eating assembled and gave out Gold, Silver and Bronze awards.

Mrs Dick continues to offer parents support with parenting skills and private appointments can be made to see her. Mrs Dick has helped many parents over the years with issues such as behaviour and family relationships.

In FS2 children get to take home a 'Marvellous Me Box' and put in toys and items that our precious to them. Parents write in the book what their child loves about each item and why they are so special. This is shared with other children in the class and has helped to develop positive relationships and raise self esteem.
Date Added: 15/12/2015

Sun Safety

Last month, 5th-11th May was National Sun Awareness week. The children have had a full week of teaching on Sun Safety and children have been having fun about how to stay healthy over the long summer.
The children enjoyed learning the wrap, slap and hat rap The full song can be found on ‘you-tube’ if you type in wrap, slap and hat rap.

Here are some useful holiday tips to help stay safe in the sun.

  • Wear a hat
  • Be cautious of the sun especially between 11am and 3pm
  • Apply sun cream every 1-2 hours if playing out all day
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Wear a t-shirt at the very least
  • Wear sunglasses
  • Seek shade

Please bring your child a sun hat or cap clearly labelled with their name. We would like the hat to be able to stay at school in their tray so that we know they are always sun safe.

Please put sun cream on your children in the morning before school. We will provide sun cream for lunch time and the afternoon and help your children to apply it. If your child is allergic to sun cream, please let your class teacher know and provide them with their own in a labelled tub.
Date Added: 07/07/2015



KS1 Sports Day

Queen Mary Children had fantastic time at King George Stadium last week. There was a great turn out of supportive parents. Children had the opportunity to use professional sport equipment and use sports areas not usually available in schools.
Queen Mary children have been very busy this term. Our fantastic sports co-ordinator, Mrs Brumby has arranged several sports after school clubs and intervention groups to widen children’s experience of sports and help them to develop lifelong love of keeping fit. The following clubs have taken place: Athletics, Gymnastics, Zumba and tennis. We also have several great multi-skills teachers whom have led fantastic sessions during curriculum time. These have been a great success and children look forward to PE every week. Our year 2 school council have designed and carried out a survey to find out what sports clubs the children in Queen Mary would like to attend. All parents have also take part in a survey to find out what clubs children are already attending in the community and what the barriers to attending sports clubs are.