Physical Health

Pupils at Churchfields Junior School are taught how to keep physically healthy. Our policies encourage pupils to eat healthily and the clubs, play equipment and lessons give ample opportunity for pupils to be active.

Ways We Promote Physical Health

Specialist PE Teachers

All PE lessons are taught by Mrs Bradley and Mr Joseph, specialist teachers who know how to get children active and how to inspire them to live healthily.

Play Equipment

We have a large pirate play-ship, a climbing fort, two obstacle courses, two more climbing frames, large climbing boulders and outdoor gym equipment to strengthen children’s muscles and bones.

Playing Field

Our 165m long playing field is perfect for athletics, sports and active play at break time. Pupils also enjoy playing in the school’s own woodland where they can build dens.

Games and Equipment

Children can play sports at break times and lunchtimes. Football is very popular and the football pitches are fairly allocated to boys and to girls week-by-week. Each year group has its own table tennis table and there is a shed with a plentiful supply of bats and balls. We also have two large cricket batting enclosure nets and hoops and nets for netball and basketball.

Sports Clubs

From the first to the last day of the year, we hold 12 sports clubs to keep pupils active before and after-school. We also run successful sports teams for cricket, athletics, football, cross country and netball.

Swimming

Every child should learn to swim by the time they leave primary school. In the summer term, we erect a covered, heated swimming pool on the school playground where instructors teach pupils to swim 25m, use a range of different strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue.

Cycling

Cycling is a great way to stay active. We organise cycling instruction for children of different abilities and promote cycling as a way to travel to school. Every year, we take 120 children to the Velopark in Stratford to learn to ride BMX.

Bike and Scooter Storage

On our playground there is sheltered storage space for hundreds of scooters and bikes. Over 90% of Churchfields’ pupils walk, scoot or cycle to school.

Water

Churchfields is a ‘water only’ school. Every child is encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle to school and water is available on every dining table at lunchtime.

Healthy Snacks

We have a healthy snack policy. Break time snacks must be unprocessed fruits or vegetables. Our also run a tuck shop at break times where pupils can buy a piece of fruit.

Sleep

Getting enough sleep is key to a healthy lifestyle and we teach pupils about the effect of sleep on their focus and their development. Children in Years 3 to 6, should have 9 to 12 hours of sleep. We advise parents on how to help their child get a good night’s sleep and why this is important.

Road Safety

All pupils take part in Pedestrian Training. Our council have installed cameras outside to fine drivers who stop or perform u-turns too close to the school. The pavements outside have barriers to provide extra protection. There is also free parking in Derby Road car park between 8.15 to 9.15am, and 3 to 4pm.

Physical Health at Home

One third of children in England are overweight by the time they leave primary school. As a school we promote healthy eating and exercise through our curriculum. We also provide opportunities to be active when children are not sat down in the classroom.

 

The biggest impact on your child’s health will likely come from making changes and enforcing boundaries at home, whether this be from limiting portion sizes and food choices or encouraging active travel and sitting down less. You can learn more by visiting the links on this page.