Health, Well-being and Healthy Eating
At Roade we put the health of all our students and staff as paramount. We are very proud of our healthy schools awards!
We follow the 8 principals as highlighted in the DFE guidance:
Our curriculum is constantly reviewed by the staff and school leaders. We ensure that we have the social and emotional development and the academic progress of each child at the heart of what we do. We have very strong links with sports and the arts-songwriting is a vitally important aspect of our school and is a unique outlet for emotions and self reflection.
Our students have a strong student voice through our school council. We aim to provide an emotionally secure and safe environment that prevents any form of bullying or violence-and the school moves quickly to address any issues-fortunately these are very infrequent! Our mentors and young leaders are well established and lead play times and lunchtimes for the younger children.
For our staff we constantly review workload and make common sense decisions to support their work life balance. Every Tuesday after school there is a staff fitness club run by a PT instructor-provided by the school. Meetings are kept to a minimum and staff development opportunities are used to develop not only the teaching and learning in the school but also the efficiency of tasks.
We aim to work closely with our parent community and enjoy very good relationships-key to a successful school career for your children is the consistent messages and consistent support around the children-both at home and school. We have an open door policy-so please come and discuss any worries or concerns. If we cannot help with a specific health and well-being issue raised-we try to signpost parents to external services where they are available. Our students are passionate about their school and have a sense of belonging and support for each other.
Those individual cases could use targeted support from either staff here in school or from external providers.
Our school ethos is inclusive and promotes respect of all. We expect all our students, parents and stakeholders in the school to play their part in creating the kind of environment we are proud to say is our school!
(This is written using the guidance from the British Nutrition Foundation)
The importance of a healthy and varied diet...
Healthy eating is important for everyone, especially children, to ensure that they receive all the nutrients they need to grow and develop. Eating well and being physically active will improve your children’s health as well as their ability to learn and achieve at school. Encouraging your children to eat healthily now will make them more likely to adopt a healthy lifestyle as they get older.
What does healthy eating mean in practice?
In practice, eating healthily means encouraging you children to:
- Enjoy their food – this will establish positive lifelong attitudes towards eating. Getting children involved in shopping and cooking and making mealtimes fun can develop their interest in food and healthy eating.
- Eat a balanced diet consisting of a mixture of different foods – foods contain different nutrients so children eating a varied diet are more likely to be getting all the nutrients they need.
- Eat plenty of starchy foods – such as breads, cereals, pasta, rice, potatoes, couscous and plantains. These should be the main sources of energy for children making up about a third of their diet. Try to provide at least one starchy food at every meal.
- Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables – five or more servings a day are recommended for good health. For children, one serving is roughly the amount that fits into the palm of their hand. Raw, fresh, dried, canned and frozen all count.
- Eat moderate amounts of meat, fish and alternatives such as beans, lentils, nuts or soya products – provide at least one portion with each meal.
- Eat moderate amounts of milk and dairy products – lower fat versions (e.g. of cheese, milk and yogurt) contain as much calcium and are often a good choice.
- Not eat too many foods that contain a lot of fat – such as fried foods, pastries, pies, crisps, biscuits, chocolate, butter and other spreads, oil and mayonnaise. Look for lower fat options and opt for baking or grilling rather than frying.
- Not eat snacks or drinks that contain a lot of sugar too often – as this can damage teeth and may fill children up so they are not hungry at mealtimes.
- Cut back on salt – there is no need to add salt to children’s food. Check the labels if you are buying processed foods and choose those with less salt (sodium)
The need for a healthy breakfast
Breakfast is important to top up children’s energy stores for the morning’s activities. Children who eat a healthy breakfast are less likely to snack on foods that are high in fat and/or sugar later on and tend to concentrate and perform better at school.
The best drinks between meals are milk and water as these do not harm teeth. Drinks that contain sugar (e.g. fruit squash, flavoured milk, fruit juice, carbonated drinks) are best kept to mealtimes. Regular visits to the dentist and brushing teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste will help keep children’s teeth healthy. Carbonated drinks are not permitted in school. Water is the drink of choice!
Snack foods, such as cakes, biscuits, crisps, chocolate and sweets, can be high in fat and/or sugar and should make up a relatively small part of the diet. These are kept to a minimum in school. Snacks should complement other meals, so select healthier options by thinking about the foods that your children eat at mealtimes. Ideas for healthier snacks for children: Fruit (e.g. bananas, grapes, strawberries), Vegetables (e.g. baby carrots, cherry tomatoes)
At Roade we have a NO NUT policy as some of our children will have an intolerance. This covers all biscuit/bars and sandwich spreads.
Do children need a vitamin supplement?
A varied and balanced diet will provide all the vitamins and minerals that children need.
Encouraging physical activity
Being physically active will help children to stay healthy and fit. Encourage them to participate in a wide variety of activities such as cycling, skateboarding, walking, swimming and dancing.
Healthy hot lunches in school
Our hot meal provider is Dolce. Parents need to register with them at their website: Dolce website. All food is pre-ordered through the site and there is a huge variety-including Vegetarian and Halal options.
Your child may prefer a packed lunch. Here is some guidance on what to put in a healthy lunch box-from NHS choices:
School meals are a great choice for your child, but if you choose to make a packed lunch for them instead here are some tips for preparing a healthier lunchbox.
What to include in your child's lunchbox
A healthier lunchbox should:
- be based on starchy carbohydrates (bread, potatoes, rice, pasta)
- include fresh fruit and vegetables/salad
- include a source of protein such as beans and pulses, eggs, fish, meat, cheese (or dairy alternative)
- include a side dish such as a low-fat and lower-sugar yoghurt (or dairy alternative), tea cake, fruit bread, plain rice/corn cakes, homemade plain popcorn, sugar-free jelly
- include a drink such as water, skimmed or semi-skimmed milk, sugar-free or no-added-sugar drinks
The Eatwell Guide shows you how to have a healthy balanced diet and can help you decide what to put in your child's lunchbox.
Find healthy lunchbox ideas at Change4Life.
Healthier breaktime snacks
Children often like food they can eat with their fingers. Try these ideas:
- Chop up raw veggies – such as carrots or peppers, and give them hummus or cottage cheese to dip the veggies in.
- Chop up fruit – such as apple, satsuma segments, strawberries, blueberries, halved grapes or melon slices. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to stop them from going brown.
Dried fruit is not recommended as a snack between meals as it's high in sugar and can be bad for teeth, but it's OK when eaten as part of a meal.
Try these ideas for healthy food swaps.
More healthy lunchbox tips
It may take a while for your child to get used to a healthier lunchbox but keep trying. These tips may help:
- Get your children involved in preparing and choosing what goes in their lunchbox. They're more likely to eat it if they helped prepare it.
- Get ideas on how to introduce more fruit and veg into your family's diet.
- Read supermarket food labels to help you buy healthier foods for your child's lunch and family mealtimes.