At Oasis Academy Blakenhale Junior, we are committed to promoting specific healthy lifestyle choices such as healthy eating and physical activity. We support not only the children’s academic achievement, but also their physical, emotional and social development. We believe that a happy, healthy, safe and caring environment is a precursor to raising achievement and attainment. Encouraging healthy choices around food and physical activities contributes to this.
Food ingredients are often used for the demonstration of concepts and to make the content of lessons relevant and engaging to pupils e.g. understanding fractions in maths, money management, drawing up tables to record surveys related to food, physical and activities, reversible and irreversible changes in science. In PSHE and science lessons, children are taught about healthy food choices and the relationship between diet and physical activity and the importance of both.
Food and Nutrition
Whilst in KS2, pupils have the opportunity to experience “Cookery Enrichment”. Cookery Enrichment aims to fulfil the schools ethos “Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds – Promising Futures”.
The aim of the sessions is to teach pupils the importance of eating a balanced diet and the effect it has on their future well-being. Within the sessions, pupils will practice a number of cross curricular skills including using their maths skills to weigh out ingredients. The children will then follow recipes to produce healthy products. They will also be recording all the skills they have used in each session in order to be awarded an “Oasis Academy Blakenhale Cookery Certificate"!
Pupils involved in Cookery Enrichment have also had the opportunity to run their own “Pop up Pizzeria” where they produce their own delicious homemade pizzas. This is something that we will be developing in the future - watch this space!
Each week children participate in P.E. lessons which build on their skills and stamina. The importance of teamwork and taking turns is promoted through playing a variety of games as well as learning to be a good sport.
The teaching of the PE curriculum is supported by the use of fitness tests, which are carried out at the beginning and end of each term. Staff deliver a highly enriched PE curriculum, with units of work which include a full range of sporting activities. Throughout each unit of work, focused assessments tasks are carried out to monitor and improve pupils skills and performance. After-school sports clubs run most evenings with different year groups.
Meals are planned on a weekly rota and changed termly to give variety and healthy choices to our children. Our provider, City Serve, work alongside us to ensure that a range of foods are offered and children have the opportunity to try new things.
Visits and Visitors
During the year we invite various organisations in to talk about food and nutrition e.g. Tesco's scheme etc. We also encourage classes to visit local restaurants to find out how food is prepared.