Healthy School

Being healthy is really important, so as a school we are supporting children to make positive choices about nutrition and exercise. We are encouraging children to have a balanced packed lunch with a variety of fresh fruit and healthy alternatives to foods that contain high levels of sugar and fat. To help children achieve their 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day the school have introduced a fruit tuck shop that will be available to students once a week. 

We are also planning a parent workshop on healthy food alternatives and healthy pack lunches so please look out for further information regarding this.

More information about healthy living is available at Change 4 Life.

Here are two examples of a healthy lunch:

   

 

Healthy Schools London

Horn Park has recently received the Healthy Schools London Bronze award, and we are currently working towards the Silver award.

Being a healthy school does not only involve learning experiences with growing and cooking a selection of healthy foods. It is also about our support of physical activity seen by our successful sports teams who regularly participate in a range of tournaments within the borough.

Our playgrounds regularly have activities and games at play and lunchtimes to encourage children to be physically active. The trim trails offer children the opportunity to develop their gross motor skills, and experiment with different ways of moving. The children also receive at least two hours of PE each week.

Through the use of our dedicated and caring staff, our pupils’ emotional health and wellbeing is supported. Our 

Nuture group supports both children’s social and wellbeing needs, Working in partnership with families we regularly host coffee mornings where parents can meet with a range of professionals including speech and language therapists.

With the use of our new kitchen we are going to begin hosting parent cookery workshops, where parents are provided with the opportunity to share healthy and tasty recipes.  Also we will be setting up a healthy lifestyles working party where we will be working closely with parents in creating a list of healthy alternatives to foods with high sugar and fat content.

 

Mindfulness 

At Horn Park, we believe that daily mindfulness meets a need for  children to find physical and mental calm. Calmness alone is not enough; awareness if also needed. Children are given the opportunity to be aware of themselves in the present time and experience qualities such as attention, patience and trust which in turn will make a positive impact upon their wellbeing. School Council representatives have each nominated a ‘Mindfulness Ambassador’ per class who will take on the role of leading whole class mindfulness sessions each day.   

 

 

Cooking

Cooking is an important part of life at Horn Park and we enjoy sharing a love of healthy foods. Children making healthy food choices is important for their physical, social and emotional well being.

Children at Horn Park regularly partake in cooking sessions, often making links to other subjects in the curriculum such as literacy and history. For example Reception children were writing instructions of ‘How to make a jam sandwich’ following on from reading ‘The Giant Jam Sandwich’ and enjoyed making their own jam sandwiches.

Parents have also been enjoying partaking in parent and child cookery workshops and sharing their own favourite recipes.

During the Summer Term children have been enjoying the fruit pots that they can purchase from the fruit tuck shop every week. 

“It is delicious!”- Harrison