Health and Well-being

Wellbeing

At Pebsham Primary Academy we believe the wellbeing of staff and pupils is fundamental to the health of the whole school.  Our aim is that all staff and children are more resilient, more focused, less stressed, more open and able to cope with life’s pressures together. 

We have developed a Wellbeing Action Plan and for 2019/2020 and have a school Mental Health and Well Being Champion on the Leadership Team. 

Some of the strategies (shown below) have already been implemented and we will be continually reviewing the impact of these practices. 

 

Mindfulness

All children are invited to stay for a Mindfulness session after our Friday assembly. In addition, Year 5 are piloting a 12 week Mindfulness Programme that the whole school will adopt. 

Our staff are also learning Mindful techniques as a self-help tool. 

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Play Pod and Chill Out Zones

We have been collecting junk materials and will have Play Pod Mondays where children can use their creativity and imagination to play with the resources. This will help them to risk manage, collaborate and share. 

The Chill Out zone has activities that can be done in a quiet area such as reading, construction, writing or just chilling! 

 

Worry Box

 

Each class has a worry box and children are encouraged to; ‘Give their Worries to the Whale’. These worries are then monitored by staff and discussed sensitively in the weekly circle time.

 

 

 

 

Circle Time 

Classes all take part in ‘Circle Time’ where they can feel confident to share their feelings or thoughts without judgement and respecting each others views. 

 

Physical Fitness

Each class, at Pebsham, has 2 hours of timetabled PE.  Sports include: rounders, tennis, hockey, gymnastics, swimming, football, athletics and many more.

As part of the Hastings and Rother Sports Games Partnership, we are able to participate in many different tournaments against local schools.  Last year we took part in orienteering, tag-rugby, athletics, football and cross country.

We are part of the TKAT Academy Trust and were priveledged to participate in the foirst ever TKAT Games in July 2016.  We joined 41 other TKAT schools at Crystal Palace for a day of competitive athletics.  Please click here to find out more.

Diet

We are a 'PhunkyFoods' school and with this we link to their website and online learning areas.  We teach food technology across the school and have recently added 2 child-height hobs/ovens to allow more children to cook together. Please click the logo below to find out more.

Phunky Foods Logo

School Dinner

At Pebsham, we have a school Catering company called Chartwells providing our School Dinners. Chartwells cook hot and cold meals every day for pupils and staff at Pebsham. All meals are cooked on site and are served by the Chartwells staff.  Children can choose from two main dinner options (at least one is a vegetarian option), jacket potato with salad or a ‘Picnic on a plate’. Children make their selection during morning registration and are given a coloured badge to wear, showing their lunch choice, to help support Chartwells staff during the lunch service. Children are offered water or milk to drink with their school dinner. Menus are available on our website and are also sent home to ensure all pupils are clear about the menu choices for that term. School dinners are designed to meet the standards for schools set by the Food Standard Agency.  

Packed lunches

We ask that you provide your child with healthy food options. Packed lunches should not contain sweets or chocolate. If they  contain a sweet snack such as a biscuit, please monitor the amount given. Children may bring in a drink to have with their packed lunch. Water, a small amount of sugar-free squash, flavoured water or fruit juice may be drunk with packed lunches in the Hall.

Snacks

All pupils in EYFS, Years 1 and 2 are offered fruit or vegetables as a snack in the morning. We encourage all pupils to bring in healthy snacks of fruit, vegetables or cereal bars for eating during the morning break. Healthy snacks are also available from our break-time snack shop for 30p each.

Water

At Pebsham, we ask that every pupil uses a school drinking bottle every day.  Pupils will bring their bottles home each  evening to ensure they are kept clean and hygienic. If a child’s bottle empties during the school day, they will be encouraged to fill it from the drinking water taps located in or near every classroom. Children will be encouraged to drink water in school. 

 

Well-being

We teach children about feeling good, being healthy and caring for themselves through our everyday teaching, circle times, PSHE and science lessons and through assemblies.

To support families and individual pupils, we have a linked keyworker. The keyworker supports pupils and their families, working together with the school. The keyworker can link parents to a variety of different agencies and support networks.

We have launched a Well-Being project this year.  Staff and pupils meet to discuss well-being and to deveise plans to move this area of learning forward.  Our School Council are currenly surveying their classes to see what else we could do to impove pupil well-being.

Paws B Terms 3 and 4 2019

 

This term Kittiwakwers, Year 5, will be learning about mindfulness once a week as part of a 12 week classroom-based curriculum called Paws b.

 

Mindfulness 12 week Programme

A great deal of this media interest has arisen as a result of the growing body of rigorous research evidence regarding the potential benefits of mindfulness for young people. These include randomised control trials and neuroscientific studies.

 

As Professor Katherine Weare (Emeritus Professor, Southampton and Exeter Universities) observed in her award-winning research summary: Evidence for the Impact of  Mindfulness on Children and Young  People, schools who engage in mindfulness are likely to see ‘beneficial results on the emotional wellbeing, mental health, ability to learn and even the physical health of their students.

 

Year 5 are fortunate in having a new classroom-based mindfulness curriculum is called - ‘Paws b’ that will take place weekly for 12 weeks.

 During the course they will be learning about many things, including:

  •  Specific areas of the brain and how these affect our ability to focus, make good choices, recognise  when we need to steady ourselves when our body or mind is busy or out of balance.
  • Ways that mindfulness can support them in many day-to-day activities, includingconcentration and memorybehavioural self- management, and in relationships with family and friends.
  • Ways to respond rather than react – and therefore make better choices and take best care of themselves and others.

The feedback from children who have previously taken part in Paws b is very positive. They report enjoying the lessons and find the learning supports them in a broad range of situations from being able to concentrate and focus more easily in school to helping them feel calmer in exams and competitions. Many have described sharing the learning with other family members and finding it helps them with their relationships with family and friends.

 

For further information about the body of research evidence around mindfulness for both young people and school staff, you may find more information here:https://mindfulnessinschools.org/mindfulness-in-education/why-do-it/