The Children's Health Project is a Community Interest Company. The project was first published in March 2017 for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 and it supports the Health and Well-being teaching that goes on in our school. The Project's vision and mission is as follows....
‘… for all children to have greater respect for their bodies, have the knowledge and confidence to make sustainable healthy choices, and have a true understanding of why it is important to be healthy.’
The Children's Health Project aims to make a sustainable change in health education, with an emphasis on cross-curricular teaching in PE, Science and PSHE, and to offer real-life support for parents and families.
The Children’s Health Project delivers a holistic programme for health and wellbeing.There are four key areas, each with ten topics. In delivering this programme, we will not only cover many aspects of the National Curriculum, but will go above and beyond the baseline of expectation, enabling our children to build a health toolkit, which they can rely on for many years. Used comprehensively, it will ensure that we are covering a broad and deep Health and Wellbeing Curriculum.
Four Pillars of Health
1. Healthy Movement
Everyone wishes to live a long life, full of adventure and activity. To truly value our amazing bodies, not for how they look but for the incredible things they are capable of, brings pleasure to this adventure and activity.
Someone who cherishes their physical health will have a deep understanding of how their body works. They will listen to their body, respond to how it feels, and learn from their daily movements. In respecting their body like this, they will develop a confidence to try new things, a commitment to self-care, and a competence to master any movement they choose.
Our physical journey through life will have its highs, and its lows, both impacting our emotional wellbeing. To steadily scale the mountain of life, we will depend on motivation, resilience and fortitude. Providing all children (of any age) with the opportunity to play and explore lays the foundation for this life of adventure. Building on their love of movement, with specific teaching of basic movement skills in a variety of environments, develops confidence in their body’s abilities. Fostering a love of movement, and a respect for their abilities, drives them to learn more about their bodies.
Truly understanding their bodies fosters a life-long commitment to participation and the motivation to enhance their life with healthy activities. Later, this has an impact on future generations, and if we do this well, a world where everyone moves competently and proficiently, with no end goal in sight.
The Healthy Movement Unit supplements our physical education offer, broadening the skillset of children and teachers, and deepening the children’s value and desire for kinetic activity.
2. Healthy Eating
A nourished body feeds achievement, attainment, satisfaction and happiness. Athletes cannot achieve greatness without invigorating their bodies with the nutrients they require, just as a child cannot thrive without a varied, nutrient dense diet.
Unfortunately, in our modern world of convenience and immediacy, many have lost sight of some basic human needs, and it is having catastrophic consequences. Children of primary age know no different. They are dependent on adults feeding them well, and trust their carers. Yet if the carers themselves are dependent on the food industry, and innocently trust the products sold to them, the fundamental knowledge and understanding of how to nourish a body can become lost. Fuelling our children with natural, highly nutritious food and drink, which tastes great, is hardly processed and offers a broad spectrum of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, offers them a fighting chance at vitality. If we can supplement their nourishing diets with deep learning of which foods and drinks will fulfil their needs, why they are good for them and how they will impact their bodies, children are more likely to develop a healthy relationship with food, and make healthy choices that fuel their adventurous lifestyles.
The Healthy Eating Unit offers children an insight into variety in food, its powerful influence, and how they can achieve vitality with simple dietary choices.
3. Healthy Habits
To thrive with a healthy lifestyle, we need to adopt daily healthy habits. Many see these habits as the thread that runs through an overall sense of wellbeing. We have been taught from an early age that these habits will impact our zest for life - sleep, hydration, fresh air, laughter - all should play a part in our recipe for a long, fulfilling life.
Unfortunately, in our busy lives, we find these practices a challenge. They become our reaction to ill-health, rather than preventative measures which can enhance our everyday lives. For children, health becomes achievable and less daunting with simple daily habits, and these lifestyle choices may form the key to complete wellbeing. By combining habits such as hobbies, routine, laughter, moderation and abundance with healthy eating, movement and thoughts, we create a health ecology so strong, our children could flourish, despite modern health disruptors.
The Healthy Habits Unit encourages more interaction with the natural environment, gives children an opportunity to reflect on their daily actions, and the tools to upgrade their health and wellbeing.
4. Healthy Thoughts
Most of the world’s top achievers in any discipline demonstrate a deliberate drive to improve, a practised resilience in the face of adversity and value their own self-care highly. Their recognition of the importance of mental wellbeing is as distinct as their need to be physically healthy and fit.
As a school, we strive for the best for our children, desperately juggling the need for them to achieve in all curriculum areas, but also to feel excited by learning, and the journey of life they have just begun. Mental and emotional wellbeing stands out as the driving force behind attainment and achievement: learners cannot achieve their best without feeling their best.
In our busy, stressful world, we should be teaching our children to find enjoyment in drive and ambition, joy in success, and resilience in challenge. If they can develop strategies to plan an exciting future, work towards it by learning new skills, learn from their mistakes and any barriers they are faced with, success will seem much sweeter when it is achieved. Understanding how their body and mind work, and how they can utilise essential skills in mindset is the key to unlocking this happiness.
The Healthy Thoughts Unit focuses on how children think about themselves and others, physically and emotionally, with practical skills to aid attainment and achievement.
There are four Health Champions, who each support and represent one area of health:
Who is Captain Kinetic?
Captain Kinetic is inquisitive in play, confident in daily movement, and ambitious when challenged. Having developed a wide range of movement skills, he strives for success in all areas, yet is resilient to defeat with his supple attitude. He is a brave competitor, who admires his rivals and challenges with a smile. He sees varied terrain as an opportunity to climb and scramble, trusting his body to support his appetite for adventure. A role model to others, he uplifts his team. Balancing sport with creativity, he enjoys a range of activities, and never says no to a new challenge. He goes to sleep naturally exhausted, enthusiastic to traverse tomorrow’s encounters.
Who is Nutrition Ninja?
Nutrition Ninja searches the world for her favourite recipes, savouring every delicious flavour, and feeling safe in the knowledge that her food is fuelling her adventurous life, her healthy body and her mind. She realises the power of food, not only for taste, but also to nourish her body and brain, both working hard every day. With her knowledge and understanding of nutrients, she can select foods to support her needs, nurturing her great moods and steady energy levels. Food and drink are powerhouses of goodness for Nutrition Ninja, who cares about and respects their origins and carefully considers her diverse diet to make her feel vibrant!
Who is Agent Lifestyle?
Agent Lifestyle places value on some of the forgotten health secrets of the past. He sleeps deeply for long periods, resting his mind and body to prepare for new learning. Every cell in his active, nourished body is plump with water, bringing clarity to challenging tasks. Outside, he breathes the fresh air which will aid his sleep, while the sun shines on his skin, allowing his body to produce Vitamin D for his bones and immunity. He fills his days with healthy hobbies, whilst maintaining balance with routine. Generally, his life is experienced in moderation, but abundance blossoms with healthy foods and activities. When spending time with family and friends, his teeth glisten with a happy smile.
Who is Mindset Warrior?
Mindset Warrior is at peace with herself. She sets goals, works towards them, picks herself up when she falls, and considers other people in her actions. She values herself - not for her appearance, but for her zest for life and the enjoyment she finds in interactions with people and the world around her. She strives to achieve, but not necessarily for perfection. She senses the good in others and works on self-development in order to feel a sense of fulfilment. A warrior instead of a worrier, she demonstrates resilience and kindness, both to herself and others.
Our School is involved in the Project in many ways:
- our PE Lead (Mrs Jennifer Nunn) has attended the Health Ambassador training
- we have had classroom workshops for our children and parent workshops available for all parents in our school community to attend
- our children have access to the Children's Health Project blog and we have the use of the CHP scheme of work
For further information please click here to go to the Children’s Health Project website.