Health and Well-Being
West Town Lane Academy recognises the important role it plays in supporting the health and well-being of our children and young people; including physical, mental and emotional health. We recognise our responsibility to educate and inform children, so that they can make appropriate choices about their own and others’ health. We strive to provide an environment, which is conducive with a healthy lifestyle, and actively promote healthy practices, through education, role modelling and opportunities.
Meet our Healthy Heroes
The Healthy Heroes are a group of children, one from each class, who champion healthy lifestyles and work together to promote health and wellbeing amongst their classmates. Last year they held three “Fruity Fridays,” when children were encouraged to purchase nutritious snacks at playtime and also held led termly challenges, including Mindful Minutes and 5 Minute Fitness.
As a school we are supported by Bristol Healthy Schools and are currently working towards their Physical Education Badge award, which focus on children, families and staff being active and enjoying sports and physical activities.
Bristol Healthy Schools Physical Education Badge
Last year’s Healthy Heroes surveyed their classes about extra-curricular activities, in particular sporting activities. They discovered that about half of the children attended at least one after school sports club during the year. They also asked children what prevented them from attending and what sports activities they would like to see the school offering as we would like to increase uptake in the future. The children’s suggestions for additional clubs were shared with the staff and some new clubs (gymnastics and rugby) will be offered this year.
Last year the school introduced The Daily Mile, by marking two tracks around the school, which when run a number of times equates to a mile. Children have regularly completed the mile during PE lessons and we hope to increase the children’s use of the track this year, so that they can build up to a mile a day.
The Healthy Heroes want to encourage everyone in our school community to be healthy and active and to celebrate the participation of all (children, parents/carers and staff). So if you enjoy sport, whether it is a team game or an individual sporting activity, why not send in a photo and a brief description and inspire others to take up your favourite activity?