Healthy and Active Lifetyles
At Cholsey we equip our children with the knowledge of how to live a healthy and active lifestyle. Through our engaging PE lessons, extra curricular clubs, cross curricular links and special events we promote the importance of developing a healthy and active lifestyle from a young age.
Healthy Active Lifestyles Week
Every year we hold a HAL week during the summer term. The purpose of this week is to embed healthy living and eating within our curriculum timetable, expose the children to a wide range of exciting physical activities and ensure the children know how to look after themselves and keep each other safe. During this week, we use our Sport Premium funding to bring in specialist coaches and inspiring visitors to run workshops, demonstrations and events to promote sport and physical activities. We also hold a walk to school competition where the children can submit photos, writing or activities they have made up based on their walk to school experience.
Special Events and Inspiring Visitors
Across the academic year, we host a wide range of exciting sporting activity tasters for our children. We hope that these exciting events will encourage our children to take up a new sport, join an extra curricular club or just inspire them to get out on their bikes and play some frisbee in the park. Our special events can be viewed on our school blog but some recent highlights include:
- Ballroom and Latin dance workshop with National Dance Champions
- Ultimate Frisbee workshops
- A visit from a Paralympic Footballer
- Golf lessons
- Badminton workshops with a British Champion
- Visits to RAF Benson
- Mountain Bike Workshops
- Bollywood Dance lessons
Where possible, we create links with local clubs to engage children in as many different sports as possible. Recently, we have created links with Oxford United football club and Grundon Recycling, who sponsor their first team. The children at Cholsey were given an exciting opportunity to meet some of the players and win tickets to a home game. Grundon challenged us to learn about recycling and produce a piece of writing encouraging more people to recycle. The teachers used this as an exciting hook for writing and each class carefully planned and edited a piece of writing ready to submit to Grundon to be judged. Grundon were so impressed by the quality of our work and found it really difficult to choose our winners but eventually they agreed on their favorite pieces and 50 pairs of tickets were donated to the winners.
To avoid disappointment Oxford United sent two of their players and their mascot, Olly the Ox to the school to visit. The whole school took part in a recycling game and got to see the players put their skills into action as they chipped the ball into the correct answer bin. There was plenty of time to have photographs with the players and get an autograph or two!
To promote healthy minds as well as bodies, we are now embedding Mindfulness classes across the school. Each class receives a term of sessions with a specialist mindfulness coach to support mental well being.
What has been the Impact?
As a result of our events, visitors and links the children at Cholsey are more aware of how to look after themselves both physically and psychologically. Children have gone on to attend a variety of clubs in the community and now enjoy a much wider range of sports and physical activities.