Last year saw the launch of an innovative and exciting new initiative at Heathlands. Fitness Fridays, the idea of every Friday being dedicated to high quality physical and mental health development, are taking the school by storm and acting as a platform to build positive attitudes to school, exercise and healthy lifestyles.
On our launch day we were joined by Sally Teixeira, Community Champion for TESCO Kinson, who has celebrated the initiative by providing fruit at different stages throughout the year to help encourage healthy eating.
The children are truly absorbed in the high quality and challenging physical activities that run throughout the morning in mixed-age House teams, rather than conventional same-age classes. They are encouraged to build relationships with others through team-based games and challenges, as well as learning and developing fundamental physical movement skills as any good PE curriculum would offer. This also gives the opportunity for our older children to develop leadership qualities.
Here's a message from some of our school leaders:-
Mr Pill, PE Leader and Co-Ordinator
‘ A healthy body and a healthy mind for every child is our goal. #FitnessFriday is our method! ‘
Mr Paulley, Deputy Head Teacher, has explained why Fitness Fridays are vital to the school’s approach to education.
‘ Being physically active is the most important step to being healthy. At Heathlands Primary Academy we believe we can go one step further to breaking down barriers to healthy and active lifestyles for our children. Physical inactivity and inertia are becoming a prevalent problem in our society and we are best-placed to educate, excite and model to children how to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle for life. We believe this will have a positive impact on our children for life!’
Mrs Shrimpton, Head Teacher,
‘ I’m really proud of the children and staff and how they have embraced the changes. The children were really excited about the range of activities they could participate in and the opportunities to work with older children and siblings. ‘
During Fitness Friday afternoons, children engage in active sessions for English and Maths as well as project-led lessons.