Chapel Haddlesey Primary School held a Healthy Schools Week at the end of January 2017 with all 55 pupils at our small school taking part in a range of sporting activities and cooking workshops.
On Day One, the children designed take out boxes, recipes, carrier bags, bunting and price lists for their ‘Pop Up Indian Takeaway’ which was to be open to the community on Tuesday afternoon after school. They also listened to a presentation about diabetes and how this affects the body.
Day Two was so busy, with the children making a selection of homemade dips in the morning for the pop up takeaway. The inviting smell of coriander and indian spices permeated the school as the children cooked a range of healthy vegetable curries and pitta bread. Whilst the curries were simmering, children designed and produced their own fruit kebabs, learning the French names for the fruits. The Indian takeaway was a great success, with all the curries and side dishes selling well.
After tasting the exotic ingredients on Tuesday, it was time to burn them off on Wednesday. The KS1 children took part in an Acorn Hunt with Sammy Squirrel at a local community green area, with pedometers calculating the number of steps they had taken. KS2 children demonstrated the skills they have been learning in an outdoor netball tournament. A Dental Nurse visited the school in the afternoon to talk about the Change4Life programme and the new sugar ‘app’ that allows users to scan barcodes on foods to discover how much sugar it contains.
Thanks to Pizza Express, on Day Four,the children each had a traditional Pizza Chef hat to wear when they designed, prepared and cooked their own pizza lunch. Rather than traditional ham and pineapple ingredients, the children were encouraged to try spinach, peppers and other vegetarian options as toppings. It was apple crumble for dessert, with apples sourced from the local community trees. To burn off the scrummy lunch, all 55 pupils and 5 members of staff (who had remembered their trainers!) enjoyed an afternoon outside taking part in a ‘Brownlee Triathlon’ which included running, scooting and hula hopping around a course.
The week came to an end with a Quad Kids tournament, incorporating four different field events and a dance workshop led by a qualified instructor from within the community.
Donations of vegetables were sourced from a local grower for the curries and the unused carrots and parsnips were sent home with the children, together with a recipe for Carrot & Parsnip Soup.
The week was a great success and the children were buzzing about their focus on diet, exercise and how this affects our bodies.