We are a school that promotes physical, social, emotional and mental health in a range of different ways. Take a look below to find out more.
Healthy School Award
We have been successful in achieving Healthy Schools Status in 2018. A healthy school is defined as:
A school that promotes physical, social, emotional and mental health and helps equip pupils, staff and families with the skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their health.
A school that is successful in supporting pupils to do their best and build on their achievements; it is committed to ongoing improvement and development.
A school that recognises the importance of investing in health and well-being to assist in the process of raising children and young people’s achievement levels.
A school that involves the whole school community, parents, governors, staff and pupils in improving children’s health, well-being and happiness, helping them to get the most out of life.
To gain this prestigious mark, we had to deeply assess how well we were doing in creating a healthy ethos and environment across the school through teaching and learning, promoting healthy eating, encouraging physical and emotional health and well-being. We set up target interventions to help us improve on certain areas and we have implemented strategies such as Be Active and Positive Playtime Practice. We are presently re applying for the Healthy School Award as we embed health, sport and well-being in our day-to-day school life post covid.
Positive Playtime Practice (PPP)
What is PPP?
Positive Playtime (PP) was re-launched at Eastington in summer term, 2022 and is ongoing. It is an initiative that we launched in response to the needs of our school and the outcomes have been both productive and positive so far. PP is based on the ‘Five Ways to Well-Being’ – if we embrace these five strategies into our life, we will feel the benefits…and what better way to start this than in the playground!
The five ways to well-being include:
Connect – Talk and listen, be there, feel connected.
Give – Give your time, your words and your presence.
Take Notice – Remember the simple things that give you joy.
Keep Learning – Embrace new experiences, see opportunities, surprise yourself.
Be Active – Do what you can, enjoy what you do, move your mood.
What does PP look like at Eastington?
We were extremely fortunate at Eastington as Andy Lewis (British Gold Medalist Para-triathlete) came and spent the day with us, teaching us about the Five Ways to Well-Being and how it has had a significant impact on his life. Andy lost his leg when he was just 16 years after a serious motorcycle accident. Instead of giving up after this life changing incident he worked relentlessly to challenge himself, stay fit and focused.
At Eastington, Y6 children are fully trained & supported to become Sports and Well-Being Leaders- this includes working with Andy Lewis. The children complete a sports & well-being leaders course with Miss Pates (Sport and PE coordinator) and then they plan and lead activities during break/lunch times for other children. The well-being leaders can be easily identified in the playground as they wear backpacks, each labelled with one of the five ways of well-being. The well-being leaders have ‘stations’ where they base themselves and they have a big box of resources that they can use. At Eastington, we want all children (and adults) to have a happy playtime and our sports & well-being leaders are excellent at spotting those that may need their mood changing or may need a little support in being active.
Sport for all through classes, coaches and competitions
At Eastington Primary school, we aim for high-quality physical education provision that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in sport and other physically-demanding activities. We aim to provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Through competitions, PE lessons, after school clubs and coaching from professional sports coaches, we aim to give children opportunities in sport that build character and helps to embed our school values: being kind, cooperative, resilient, responsible and ambitious.
In class lessons, we implement national curriculum for physical education which aims to ensure that all pupils:
* Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
* Are physically active for sustained periods of time.
* Can engage in competitive sports and activities
* Lead healthy, active lives.
To support staff professional development and additional sport opportunities for children we also invite sports coaches to work across the school regularly. At present we have:
- a coach of fundamental skills for children in Reception & KS1 over the year 2022-23.
- a coach of games skills for children in KS2 over the year of 2022-2023
- a dance specialist who offers high quality creative dance lessons to children in all classes in 2022-2023. The dancers have the opportunity to create and perform their dances to family and friends too.
At Eastington, we work alongside Atlas Sports who offer competitions, festivals and events for all ages and all abilities-this includes attending the District Sports Competition (KS2) each year. (Congratulations to our 2022 squad who participated with determination and a positive spirit- they won the overall competition too!) We also have opportunities to participate in other active events such as the Country Dancing. Our sports calendar is looking busy and fun!
We have organised opportunities for new sports to be tried by different classes too – such as wall climbing and archery.
To find a summary of our sports curriculum please see below:
For detailed information of the PE knowledge, skills and understanding mapped out in our curriculum, please see the information in the ‘Curriculum Information’ section of our website. (https://www.eastingtonprimary.co.uk/subjectinformation/)
Please click on the link below to see our PE and Sports Premium Funding Documents.
One of the sporting highlights of the year at Eastington is our annual sports day, held towards the end of the Summer term. A sea of red and white takes the short walk up to our school field ready to participate in as many of the 20 active skill based challenges as they can in one afternoon. Each active challenge has a standard (age appropriate), that the children must achieve before being awarded a sticker on their Sports Day Card. Some ambitious children manage to achieve their age standard in all the challenges each year – though this is very rare. Sports day culminates with traditional ‘lane races’, starting with a pre-school race, followed by adult races and finishing with a whole school relay.
A parent’s guide to sports day:
Eastington School Field, Bush Close, Eastington, Stonehouse, GL10 3EY
June/July, Approx. 1.15pm until 3.00pm (We love help with walking our children up to the field safely so please come to school for 1pm if you can help with this-the more helpers we have the better.)
Whole school, reception-year 6 (plus parents/carers, siblings in pre-school)
What to wear?
School PE kit (red shorts, white t-shirt, daps/trainers), cap if it’s hot, plenty of water to drink, sun cream.
The whole school take their PE kits home prior to Sports Day. We ask all children come to school dressed in their PE kit on Sports Day and that they have sun cream & a water bottle in school on this day too. The children usually have a slightly early lunch to allow more time to be active. Then the whole school walks up to the school field, Big Friends with Little Friends start the line. After a short briefing on the school field, children are encouraged to take part in all the events with their friends and families. The end of Sports Day is marked with the whole school relay (children are given the colour of their team during the morning and it is marked on their Sports Day Card). At the end of Sports Day children are ‘signed out’ once contact between the teacher/parent has been made. If parents are unable to attend Sports Day, the children are walked back down to school for their normal home time arrangements.
Ways to help on Sports Day…
- Dress your child in their PE kit for the start of the day. Please make sure your child has water bottle and sun cream too.
- Send your child in with 2 safety pins so their Sports Day Card can be pinned to their t-shirt.
- Help us to walk the children to the field safely – we leave school at about 1pm.
- Sign up with a friend to help run an activity on the field (everything will be ready for you).
- Encourage your child to encourage others, be resilient and enjoy the active challenges.
- At the end of Sports Day make contact with the teacher before taking your child to ensure all children are safe.