Our aim is to support our pupils to grow healthily, safely and responsibly and to become active citizens who do their bit for society and for the environment. At Franche Community Primary School, we understand the need for everyone in our school to have a healthy lifestyle. Within the rapidly changing world in which we live, it is vital that these areas are explored in a safe and supportive environment. We actively promote physical and emotional health, and aim to equip pupils with the understanding and skills they need to make informed decisions both now and in the future. By championing healthy eating, healthy lifestyles and emotional health and well-being, we are aiming to raise standards and improve levels of pupil achievement. This is supported by a high-quality Physical Education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. During PE lessons, the children are given the chance to improve their confidence, health and fitness. There are also opportunities outside of lessons for children to partake in competitive and non-competitive sporting activities which help develop their character and embed values such as fairness and respect. Pupils at Franche, from Reception to Year Six, have the fantastic opportunity to access our on-site swimming pool. These lessons are taught by a fully qualified STA swimming instructor ensuring the children are provided with the necessary skills in becoming competent and confident swimmers.
Along with physical development, we teach the children about the benefits of a healthy balanced diet; which provide the nutrients to help them grow and develop. The school is dedicated to providing an environment that promotes healthy eating. We believe everyone has the right to nutrition, hydration and healthy a healthy lifestyle. Food plays a significant role in determining health and wellbeing. We ensure this happens in school through the food we offer, the lessons we deliver and wider opportunities made available to the children. Our overriding aim is to ensure that all aspects of food and nutrition in school promote the health and wellbeing of pupils, staff and visitors to our school.
- To support pupils to make healthy food choices and to be better prepared to learn and achieve.
- To ensure a consistent approach to healthy eating across the school community including pupils, staff and parents/ carers.
- To ensure pupils and staff receive tasty, nutritious, affordable and safe food during the school day and have easy access to a drinking water supply.
- Through the school curriculum, both formal and informal, messages about food and nutrition, food production, food hygiene, manufacturing and sustainability is delivered.
- A positive food culture is maintained throughout the school and wider community.
At all times, we aim to offer our children and staff a nutritious balanced diet by following The National School Food Standards 2015 and by using local, fresh, seasonal produce meeting or exceeding Government standards. Much research has shown that children who have a healthy, nutritious meal are more focused and ready to learn. ‘When children eat better, they do better’ – Children’s Food Trust. As a Food For Life school, we take pride in creating a positive food culture promoting growing, cooking and involving the whole community. We will consult with The School Nutrition Action Group, (SNAG), the School Council, staff and the local community to ensure that they can have an input into the menus and the whole lunchtime experience, eating in a relaxed environment taking into consideration time, seating, noise, cleanliness and packing up. All catering staff and dinner supervisors are made aware of the school’s healthy eating ethos and are able to advise pupils on issues relating to food such as a balanced diet and choices at lunchtime. The children are encouraged to eat well and learn about making healthy food choices throughout the day. We aim to support each child’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) throughout the teaching of our curriculum.