We have achieved the Healthy School Award and the Bronze Eco School Award. We are very close to achieving our Silver School Award.
We promote water drinking through the ‘Water is Cool’ project within the main school and have an iced water machine. Each child has their own water bottle and is encouraged to drink plenty of water through the school day to improve their physical health and their concentration.
We are part of the ‘Free Fruit for Schools’ programme, which provides a daily piece of fruit for all children from Nursery age up to Year 2. We also hold a ‘Health Promoting School’ award for our anti-smoking policy within our school environment. We were delighted that our hard work was recognised when we achieved the ‘Healthy School’ award.
We have run successful ‘Health’ initiatives. Supported by our Public Health colleagues, all children take part in a range of health activities throughout their time at Backworth Park to learn lots of important health messages. Children have taken part in a ‘Toothbrush Challenge’. Others have heard the story of ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear’ and took part in a Teddy Bear Hunt to reinforce the messages of road safety; younger children have used a Glitter bug machine to show them how to wash their hands properly to prevent germs being spread. Some have listened to a storyteller tell them about ‘Lucy and her bag of feelings’ to encourage them to think about their emotional well-being. Key Stage 2 children have embarked on an exhilarating speed walk, had Smoking awareness discussions or were set a pedometer challenge for the week to see if they could beat a total of 14,000 steps – they all did!! Children designed posters about the health messages they had learnt for a competition and all of the winning posters were displayed in the new Shiremoor Health Centre.
Sporting activities: (See also Sports Premium Funding within 'Key Information')
As part of an earlier Government initiative, we were awarded the Activmark for the amount of sports undertaken within school time and the range of after school sports offered across the school year. There have been a wide range of coaching opportunities both within school time and in 'After School’ clubs; these have included Dance, Indoor athletics, ‘Food for Sport Club’, Judo, Line dancing and Multi-Skills and Gymnastic Clubs. We also hold an Annual Sports Day, where all the year groups are in mixed teams from reception to Year 6 and take part in a carousel of activities watched by their parents. Sports Ambassadors from our local High School come to help us. Nursery enjoys a more traditional Sports Morning, where older activities such as the Egg and Spoon Race are still carried out.
In the Spring Term a group of Year 4, 5 and 6 children thoroughly enjoy their residential visit to Robinwood Activity Centre in Cumbria to try their skills at a range of exciting activities. With Piranha Pool, archery, zipwiring, obstacle course, nightline and hill rolling to name but a few, no-one has enough time to be homesick and the children and staff all get very muddy and sleep like babies after their busy action packed days.
We have run Pedestrian Training and Bikeability sessions for KS2 pupils and have been involved with SUSTRANS in promoting cycling to school. Bikeability sessions are run in conjunction with the Local Authority Travel Safety Department Staff.