Healthy Living Week 2017

Before the holidays, it was Healthy Living Week at school and the whole school got involved.

We thought about what that meant to us in Y2. We think that healthy living is being fit and doing lots of exercise, drinking lots of water, keeping ourselves clean and having a healthy balanced diet.

The first thing we looked at was how to get our hearts pumping.

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We looked at the question: Does exercise affect our heart rate?

We found that the more exercise that we did, the faster our hearts were beating.

Next we looked at the different ways we know to keep ourselves clean.

We can wash our hands after going to the toilet and before we eat, we can brush our teeth twice a day, we can make sure that we wear clean clothes, we can put our hands over our mouths when we sneeze and put dirty tissues in the bin and we can have a bath or a shower to keep our bodies clean. We can’t see germs or bacteria but we know that they are there.

Some of us played a game called ‘Glitter Bugs’. We imagined that the red glitter were germs and we had to use soap to wash them off. It was tricky because the glitter got everywhere and it made us really try hard to wash all of the glitter off carefully.

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Then we looked at how to have a healthy lunchbox. Click here to play the game that we have been using in class to design your own healthy lunchbox.

Finally we finished off the week with a visit from a nurse. She was called Dawn and she spoke to us about what it meant to be healthy and how to have a healthy and balanced diet.

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Football

We had our last football session with the coaches from Sheffield United Community Foundation this week. They were so impressed with how much progress we have made in the last 3 weeks. We definitely have some footballers in the making in Pearl class.

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After we had warmed up, we were split into 4 coloured different teams and we had some short games against each other.

IMG_1002 Miss Varley was stood on the sidelines and was the teams’ cheerleader, supporting everyone that was taking part.

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Miss Varley saw some fantastic team spirit, some brilliant goals and some even better goal celebrations! At the end of all the matches, we did have a winning team and they were…

IMG_1004A massive thank you to the coaches that have been coming into school to help us with practising our football skills in all weathers. Pearl class have really enjoyed working with you.

Healthy Living Week

In Science, we have been learning all about being healthy.

We know that we can be healthy in lots of different ways.

First we had a question to answer: Does exercise affect our heart rate?

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We checked our heart rates when they were resting and then we checked them again after each activity to see if they had increased or not.

We found that our heart rates did increased when we completed some exercise. We know that our heart is very important to help keep you alive and that our hearts pump blood all around the body. Our blood cells contain oxygen that our bodies need to stay healthy.

Next we looked at how food had an effect on our bodies.

After that, we looked at making a healthy lunch box.

In Literacy, we looked at writing instructions to help learn how to wash our hands properly and how to brush our teeth. We have learnt that all instructions include imperative verbs (bossy verbs) that tell us to do something. These are also known as commands.

Washing our hands

1. Wet your hands with water from the tap.

2. Lather the soap between your hands.

3. Scrub your hands with the soapy bubbles, making sure you get between your fingers, thumbs, palms and on top of your hands.

4. Rinse off the bubbles with more clean water.

5. Dry with hands with a clean paper towel.

What a fantastic job we have done washing our hands!

Finally, we had a special day dedicated to healthy living where our parents could come and join in with us to make lots of different crafts.

The school nurses came into school as well to talk to us about how to stay healthy and they spoke to our mums and dads as well.

Do you know how much sugar is in the things you drink?

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We have had a really fun day and enjoyed learning about how to be healthy.

How to continue the learning at home:

  • Switch drinking sweet, sugary drinks to water, milk or sugar free dilute squash. Save fizzy drinks for a special treat.
  • Visit the dentist every 6 months for a check up.
  • Try to eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day.
  • Exercise for 10-15 minutes every day.
  • Instead of coming to school in the car, why not try parking half way and then walking the rest of the way.
  • Save sweets and chocolates for a special treat maybe once a week.
  • Make sure you eat a healthy, balanced diet.