In recent years, the health of the nation has regularly been called into question. Government statistics show that two thirds of adults, a quarter of 2- to 10-year-olds, and one third of 11- to 15-year-olds in the UK are overweight or obese.
The continued health of pupils is one of our top priorities, and that is why we are celebrating Healthy Eating Week. At Zouch Academy, we believe that we have a responsibility to teach pupils about making healthy choices when it comes to food, and the British Nutrition Foundation’s Healthy Eating Week is a great opportunity for us to discuss this topic.
This week, the lower school will be taking part in a variety of healthy eating activities linked to our current topics:
- Nursery and reception will be making some fruit kebabs after reading The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
- Year 1 will be designing healthy cocktails made out of fruit juices and making healthy seaside snacks as part of our 'At the Seaside' topic.
- Year 2 will be taking part in a cross-curricular maths lesson, measuring out and weighing healthy snacks and drinks.
Healthy eating has also been a focus for the whole school this term. We have asked all pupils 'how can we make lunchboxes healthy?', and the KS2 school council members will be designing posters and leaflets to promote healthy lunchboxes next week. We are also delighted to be hosting a skipping workshop this week, demonstrating to pupils that exercise is another key part of a healthy lifestyle.
Making significant health changes requires a joint effort from our school, children, and parents. We encourage parents to make healthy food choices at home on behalf of their children. By working together, we can make sure that children develop healthy food habits that stay with them throughout their adult life.