Kings Hill School recognises the importance of children staying healthy and fit for their own well-being, health and fitness.
We encourage children to eat healthily either through a nutritious school meal that has met school food standards set by the government or by a having a well-balanced packed lunch. Sweets, sugary drinks and chocolate are not permitted.
Children are allowed to bring water bottles to school with them every day as we believe it is vital for a healthy mind and body. Children may also use the water fountains around the school. Our pupils also recognise the importance of water for countries that have limited fresh water supplies, for example in the summer of 2016 Year 3 held a charity event for Water Aid.
Physical Activity and Fitness Challenges
Physical activity is encouraged and fully supported in every way. As a school all children take part in three fitness challenges each year and our school takes part in many sporting competitions such as football, netball and kwik cricket. Our fitness challenges this year have comprised a skipathon, dance off and Olympic athletics. Classes also take part in their own fitness challenges, for example Year 4 have taken part in the ‘Mile a Day’ scheme this year. This is all in addition to the PE curriculum.
Active Extracurricular Activities
The school offers a vast number of extracurricular opportunities that encourage healthy living; gymnastics, tag-rugby, dance, tennis to name but a few. This year we have also offered a cookery club run by parents which was very successful and enabled children to learn about eating healthily.
Maximising Lunchtimes and Playtimes
At lunchtimes our Year 5 play leaders help to encourage physical activity and our Mid-day supervisors set up daily play activities on the playground for children to enjoy. This includes activities such as outdoor table tennis, hockey and ball against the A-frames.
The Importance of Fruit and Vegetables - Growing our own
We also grow our own fruit and vegetables in our polytunnel and our kitchen use what we grow ! All children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One have daily fruit or vegetables at break times. Children in Key Stage Two are able to bring in their own fruit and our Year 6 are launching a new healthy tuck shop in January 2017. We are also a NUT free school !
Roots to Food Workshops
We also work in collaboration with 'Roots to Food', provided by our Catering Company TCS Independent to promote learning about health education and well being.
In 2017 Roots to Food have delivered workshops to the whole school to enhance cooking within the curriculum, knowledge of food types and what constitutes a balanced meal. KS2 children were able to take part in a competitive cooking challenge while KS1 took part in fun food fitness workshops.
Children in KS2 were presented with ingredients - they were then presented with a challenge to make a healthy balanced meal from the ingredients.
The children thought carefully about balancing the food groups and looked carefully at the origin of the ingredients to get inspiration for the creation of the dishes. Could they do it?
Darren from Roots to Food then enlisted the help of guest chefs for the day Mrs Genç, Mr Williams-Jones, Miss Tustin and Mrs McCarville to assist the Green and Orange teams in carrying out the task set. With help from the audience the two dishes were decided – Twice cooked parmesan chicken with spring onion pasta and a chunky salsa for the Orange team and Yoghurt marinated salmon with pilau rice and sag aloo for the Green team.
The children worked together as a team and developed their culinary skills. The aroma in the hall was tantalising! The proof however was in the tasting from members of the audience and Mrs Early!
It was a close call! Both teams had worked hard in the morning and afternoon with a win for each team’s dishes.
Please click below if you would like to view the recipe for these dishes to make at home.
If you would like to find out more about Roots to Food, please visit their website rootstofood.com