Health & Well Being Week
Koalas have had a very interesting and full first week back at school, learning about their bodies and how to look after them, the importance of Mental Wealth and the need to think about what we do and put into our bodies every day.
At the start of the week we looked at general hygiene. Understanding the need to wash our bodies, clothes, hands and teeth regularly, learning how to wash our hands correctly and not missing areas that are generally looked over. Thinking about why we need to wash our hands after we have been to the toilet, sneezed, coughed or been outside playing. Plus why we should wash our bodies and certain areas every day morning and evening, especially after exercise and why we should put clean underwear and sock on every day and cleaning clothes to prevent a build up of bacteria on and around our bodies.
Later we discovered how special our eyes are and how we need to look after them and how much more they can tell medical professionals about our overall health and well being. How by looking at the back of the eye (retina), doctors can tell whether we have high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes as well as whether we have a problem with our eye sight.
Exercise become a focus and the children came to realise just how often they/we should exercise and why we need to take regular exercise, activities as simple as walking to and from school, walking the dog, riding their bikes and participating in sports at school. Koalas started their Tri Golf teaching this week, learning about putting and the challenges they would see on a golf course. After this 6 week course a selected group of children will have the opportunity to play in a local tournament in Winchester, which last year we won.
We also started running and jogging our Golden mile around school, which we will continue throughout the year, with the children improving their aerobic fitness and stamina with a run/jog at their own pace around the school grounds. Finally they were given the opportunity to take part in Joe Wicks circuit training, which they all found challenging yet very enjoyable, I wasn’t going to not step up to the challenge too.
We finished this amazing week with the importance of being mentally wealthy, looking at what makes us happy and sad, who may affect our mental happiness and how we can deal with these different issues and be more resilient to what we confront in life. We will continues with this further in our PSHE lessons throughout the year and encouraging the children to be more mindful using meditation and class yoga.
But the biggest surprise came with SCARF Life Bus where we learned about our bodies in more detail, the function of our mayor organs and how the things that we eat, drink and breathe in can affect their function. How if we miss use our bodies for too long that it can lead to ill health, the biggest surprise was the impact of sugar and sugary foods have become in our lives. Koalas discovered that in one small bottle of coke there were 10 cubes of sugar and that the daily recommendation for children of their age was only 6 cubes of sugar. That even in products labelled low sugar, they were still consuming more than their daily allowance, learning how much this affected their teeth and general digestion and fitness.
Well Done Koalas it’s been a week of discovery and remember everything in the right proportions!