Beaumont Primary school is dedicated to providing an environment that promotes healthy eating and enables pupils to make informed food choices. This will be achieved by a whole school approach to food provision and food education documented in a new Whole School Food Policy.
The main aims of our school food policy will be:
- To provide a range of healthy food choices throughout the school day and in line with mandatory School Food Standards.
- To support pupils to make healthy food choices and be better prepared to learn and achieve.
- To ensure a consistent approach to healthy eating across the school community including pupils, staff, parents and carers.
Food and nutrition is taught at an appropriate level throughout each key stage in Science, PSHCE and Design and Technology (cooking and nutrition). The Eatwell Guide is used throughout the school as a model of a balanced diet.
In 2017, we launched a ‘Lunchtime Charter’ to improve the valuable lunchtime social occasions and create a restaurant-style lunch experience for the children. You can read more here.
The teaching of food and healthy eating is also cross-curricular and includes the history of food and food growing. Pupils are encouraged to grow foods that they will then use to cook and eat.
Our relationship with parents/carers is very important and we aim to support them with information and advice around food, so that they are best prepared to make healthy choices for their families.
At Beaumont Primary, we are fortunate to have a wealth of outdoor space. As well as our own large playing field and playground, and access to St Nicholas School’s MUGA area (multi use games area), our pupils benefit from 2 outdoor classrooms, numerous outdoor tables and seating, as well as the school kitchen garden.
Teachers make use of these exceptional facilities to enhance all areas of the curriculum by teaching outside whenever possible. On any given day, you might find pupils photographing nature as an inspirational starting point for poetry, hunting for mini-beasts’ habitats, acting out a play in the outdoor classroom, or using their Maths skills to measure plant growth in the kitchen garden. Click here to see how the parents provided much-appreciated help in maintaining the kitchen garden.
PE / Sport
We encourage children at Beaumont Primary to enjoy all physical activities and become aware of the benefits of exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
PE and Sport is very much embedded in to our life at Beaumont, recognising the value and impact of high quality PE and school sport. Our PE Curriculum is diverse, providing all pupils with the confidence to try new activities as well as enhancing their existing skills in a range of environments. We aim to provide all pupils with 2 hours of timetabled high quality PE a week.
Pupils are able to access a broad range of school sport activities over the course of the school year including gymnastics, games, dance, athletics, netball, hockey, football, tennis and cricket. Swimming lessons are also offered in Years 4, 5 and 6. Numerous pupils represent the school as individuals or in teams and are part of after school sports clubs. Pupil’s achievements are also celebrated and shared with parents and the wider school community.
Competitive sport is also something we value highly at Beaumont and we achieved the School Games Silver Mark in 2016. The school regularly participates in competitive sports with other local schools. However, we celebrate the achievements of all the children and encourage them to aspire to their personal best.
Although competition beyond the school is important and supports collaborative team work, as well as enabling pupils to recognise their own strengths, the school’s overriding aim is to help all pupils enjoy being active and to encourage them to use their creativity and imagination.