At Eastway Primary School our aim is to care for and develop the whole child educationally, emotionally, spiritually, morally and physically. As well as caring for their education we also care for their health and well-being and feel that it is essential to provide children with information to enable them to make lifelong, well informed decisions about their diet and health. Health Education is embedded into the children's curriculum from Nursery right through to Year 6, to help children make good choices.
We recognise the connection between a pupil’s ability to learn effectively and achieve high standards in school - well nourished pupils are more receptive to teaching and will learn better. Healthy eating habits learnt during childhood are usually continued throughout life and these healthy behaviours can help reduce the risk of diseases such as obesity, diabetes iron deficiency, heart disease and some cancers. It is important that at school, they have every opportunity to access healthy food and to learn in an environment that supports healthy eating.
Children at Eastway Primary School all have access to a nutritious school dinner, where the menu is regularly updated according to seasonal ingredients and in response to parent and child feedback. Those choosing to have a packed lunch from home are aware of the expectations we have about what should be included in the lunch but are also reminded in regular editions of the Weekly Newsletter.
Children in EYFS and KS1 benefit from a daily snack of fruit and vegetables, and children higher up the school are encouraged to bring a similar item for their break time snack. As a healthy school, children are encouraged to bring a non-perishable item to share with their class such as a book, or a healthy treat for their classmates.
You can visit the following websites to find out further information about making healthy choices for you and your family:
Research shows that our brains need water to stay active and alert. All children are encouraged to bring water into school daily, in a spill-proof named plastic bottle that they can take home at night to rinse and refill. Children, parents and staff speak highly of the benefits.