Staying safe and well
Well-being and Healthy Living
Well-being is important to us in order to be successful learners. At Wrington we encourage happy, healthy children who understand the things we can do to be safe and to thrive. We hope that good well-being habits developed in the early years will promote life-long health and well-being.
Our organic gardens are currently being recreated following the installation of the new classroom and we hope that they will provide some of the ingredients for next year’s Harvest lunch! We value having such opportunities to grow our own vegetables ably supported by one of our governors and other generous parents. We have an African ‘Keyhole’ garden following the visit from a Ugandan farmer who helped us to learn about the challenges and opportunities of farming in Uganda. Our curriculum is enriched through our strong links with two local ‘Farm link’ farms where children learn the important food journey from the seed to the plate in a real life context.
Sport flourishes at our school! Class teachers enjoy teaching Physical Education with their classes and we employ a secondary specialist to work alongside individual members of staff at intervals during the year to teach different activities. The school is always eager to take part in local and regional competitive sport and we have enjoyed great success over the last year in cross country, football, rugby and tennis. Perhaps we have greatest pride in being awarded the ‘Fair Play’ award for both our Key Stage 1 and 2 teams at a competition last year.
Many of our staff have a keen interest in sport and participate in local teams. Many children opt for additional sport after school: we have a number of sports clubs run by both external providers (e.g. Football, tag rugby) as well as by our talented internal staff (e.g. football, netball). Creative physical activity achieves similar success through participation in dance festivals and performances.
At our celebration service, the Head Teacher presents certificates and awards from activities that have taken place outside school (e.g. Horse riding, swimming) as well as internal school awards; activity and success within and outside the school day is encouraged.
Food, glorious food!
We are very fortunate to have our wonderful cook, Mrs Grant who cooks delicious healthy meals for us (children and teachers!). Our kitchen was installed in October 2011 and it has made a great difference to the school. Aspens, our catering company, have recently been awarded the prestigious ‘Food for Life’ award which promotes healthy and nutritious meals. We enjoy promoting special themed meals which are very popular (eg Bonfire lunch). Our Harvest lunch for our whole community including parents and grandparents, prepared in part by the children, was generally regarded as the best yet with over 200 people sitting down to delicious soup followed by apple flapjack!
Although we try to promote well being at all times, we are delighted to shine a spotlight on this during our annual ‘Well being week’, an opportunity for the whole school to improve their understanding of health, safety and wellbeing. We use inspiring resources and visitors to make a real impact on the children’s learning. The life bus, E safety talks from the police, the fire service are all examples of our support of the children’s well-being. Parents are encouraged to get involved in attending parent workshops to improve their understanding (details in the newsletter).
Well-being awards and research
We are currently in the process of applying to undertake the new Healthy Schools Award which we were last awarded in 2008. We received Eco Schools Silver award in 2010 and have an Eco team who work to improve the school’s environment and to promote global eco issues. They help us to care for our immediate environment and have consideration for the wellbeing of our world.
We have been very pleased to support Year 5 who have been taking part in a ‘Health for Life’ research project with Bristol University and this has formed a large part of their science and health curriculum over the year.
The Arts are central to the life of the school and we have been awarded Sing up Silver as well as Artsmark Gold. We recognise how Arts activities such as music and drama can really improve well-being and bring a smile to many faces – audience and participants! We have thriving choirs and an orchestra, a jazz band and individual instrumentalists. The staff themselves even perform in public such as the staff chime bar ensemble at our Christmas Candlelit carol service which is always met with enthusiastic support from the packed church! At Christmas we also form a special adult choir which includes parents, staff and governors and is conducted by our Head Teacher.
Well-being in our environment
We are very fortunate to have such lovely grounds with green space that promote well being. On our large field is the prize winning willow circle from Chelsea Garden Show which was generously donated to the school along with the natural driftwork storyteller chair. We have the new Diamond Jubilee Garden with its viewing platform into the conservation area. We are currently developing a spiritual area to enable quiet reflection in our Victorian building.