St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School

St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School St Polycarp’s Catholic Primary School

Healthy & Active Lifestyles

We promote healthy and active lifestyles at St Polycarp’s.

Recently we  launched a programme called ‘Making Healthy a Habit’

This programme encourages children and their families to lead a healthy lifestyle and sustain healthy living for life.

Each class received a practical keeping fit workshop to remind them of the types of exercise they all could be doing.

The children were given cards and collect data at home about three areas:

1)    Had they drunk 8 glasses of water a day?

2)    Had they managed 60 minutes of exercise a day?

3)    Had they eaten their five fruit and vegetables a day?

There was a competition to see which class was the healthiest each half term.

Playground leaders annually receive a training session each Autumn term to help them in their role of keeping children active at playtime. They will be given additional resources.

The playground leaders are accredited points towards the National Sports Leader Award.

Teachers attended the workshops as part of their P.E. CPD in order that they could help promote the programme.

Parents were informed about the new scheme as it is hoped the children will inspire their whole families to join in.  

Further work will be done with classes to further promote 'Making Healthy a habit.'

Break times

KS1 are provided with fruit every morning break.

KS2 children are asked to bring fruit to eat at break time with the exception of Friday’s. This is to instill in them that the majority of the time we should be eating healthy foods. Treats should be just that and eaten only occasionally.

The children have access to a water fountain at break times.

The children are encouraged to be active at break times with playground equipment for active games available to all. On the KS2 playground there is a trim trail that they are timetabled for to allow all children access. They also have football, netball/basketball timetabled at break times to ensure all KS2 year groups have access to playing sport during the week at break times. Each break time ‘Playground Leaders’ from Y6 go onto the KS1 and KS2 playgrounds to lead active play activities with the younger pupils.


Children either have a well-balanced hot school dinner or a packed lunch provided by their parents. Parents are encouraged to send a healthy packed lunch and children are educated about what constitutes a healthy packed lunch.


All children come to school with a water bottle which they are encouraged to drink from during the school day.

Hot weather

Children are encouraged to wear school hats during the summer months when outside. Parents are encouraged to apply sun tan lotion before school on hot days.


Swimming lessons are offered in KS2 with the aim of children being able to swim 25 metres before they leave in Year 6.

Emotional Welfare

The children’s emotional welfare is very important to us and we have strong links with outside agencies to ensure any child with emotional needs receives the appropriate support.

We employ a Home School Link worker, Mrs R. Pointon, who regularly meets with children in need.

We also employ an ELSA, Mrs A. Logan, who supports children with their emotional literacy and social needs.

We have developed a strong partnership with the Ridgeway Special School. They offer us support and training and we enable some of their children to join us when appropriate.

We ensure in P.S.H.E. children are given the opportunity to voice any concerns and issues they have. Each class has to timetable regular circle time.

The behaviour of all children is monitored closely and any worrying or poor behaviour is written up immediately in the class behaviour file. Behaviour is monitored regularly by Key Stage Leaders and behaviour files are analysed by the deputy head each half term.  Staff have a set procedure and form to report any serious concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Leader, Mrs Best, or her deputy DSL Mrs Trafford.

Theme weeks take place across the year to promote emotional well-being such as an ‘anti bullying week, a ‘Just Different’ week and a ‘Little Way’ week.


Healthy living is taught as part of our P.E., Science and P.S.H.E. curriculum.


In assemblies we regularly promote healthy lifestyles.


We have a healthy schools’ co-ordinator, Mrs Holcroft, who works with the P.E. and Sports Co-ordinator, Mrs Trafford, to promote healthy lifestyles amongst our children. Additionally we now have a deputy P.E. and Sports Co-ordinator, Miss de Jouvencel, who is responsible for running Active Thursdays.

Active Clubs and Sporting Opportunities

In addition to the curriculum the children have a broad range of active extra-curricular clubs to choose from. Many opportunities are given to participate in both non- competitive and competitive sport. Intra and inter sports competitions and festivals are attended regularly. (More information can be found in P.E. and Clubs sections of the website)


We have well developed partnerships with other schools to promote healthy lifestyles. We belong to both KS1 and KS2 district sports associations. The deputy is part of the Confederation Heads P.E. working party. Additionally we have a strong sports partnership with All Hallows the secondary school that we feed and both Weydon and Ash Manor secondary schools.

We have strong links with the local sports centre and community sports clubs, using many sporting facilities and creating pathways for the children to continue physical activity outside school and on into adult life.