We teach students about the importance and benefits of healthy habits as part of our Personal, Social, Health and Economic syllabus, and promote physical activity, a balanced diet and self-care activities throughout the curriculum and in everyday school life. We make the most of our wonderful site and ensure that children spend time outdoors and engaged in a wide range of academic and non-academic pursuits.
Here at Franklin we are committed to healthy eating and endeavour to make all meals from scratch whenever possible from the freshest ingredients. We work alongside the Chefs In Schools charity as well as our own School Council to make meals that are fresh, tasty and healthy.
All our adults have the option to eat with the children on a daily basis and most choose to do so, this means that all members of our community regularly give feedback on the quality of the food and standard of service.
All children are encouraged to bring a healthy snack to school each day for break time. Children are not permitted to bring junk food, including, crisps, chocolate, sweets and fizzy drinks to school. Mild dehydration is one of the most common causes of daytime fatigue. All children are expected to have a water bottle from which they will be encouraged to drink water throughout the day.
We also run a breakfast club where children can get involved in a range of activities and receive a nutritionally balanced meal.
We promote positive mental health for every student and member of staff, and have both a universal whole-school approach to mental health, together with specialised, targeted approaches for vulnerable students. Our behaviour policy is tolerant and inclusive, promoting reflection and restoration, rather than punishment. Our ethos as a school is to be kind, understanding and supportive of every child's mental health needs in this modern, pressured world that we find ourselves in. Each class has a worry box and, above all, we establish strong relationships between staff and students, so any adults is a trusted adult to talk to.
We have adopted the Zones of Regulation across the whole school as a tool to help children understand, describe and regulate their emotions. It teaches us that no emotion is bad but that we all experience a range of feelings that we can manage ourselves, or with help from others.
We collaborate with West London Zone, an organisation who target children in need of support with a wide range of academic, emotional and pastoral interventions.
We specifically train key staff in Emotional Literacy. This enables them to have structured sessions over the course of a term to help them manage 'Big Feelings' or come to terms with anxiety or trauma.
We work with Connect-Ed and ensure that a therapist works on site at the school once per week, not only with individual children but can be there for drop-ins and to support staff.
All children will participate in regular physical activity in our well-equipped playgrounds and garden. Each class will have a weekly P.E. lesson, taught by a specialist. Our playtimes are "active playtimes", with a wide range of phsyical activities provided and supervised for children to engage in.
The aim of the PE programme is to ensure that pupils receive regular exercise and the opportunity to develop skills. Lessons are designed to raise the heart rate and improve overall fitness, stamina and flexibility. Units across the year and across the school develop the following:
- Flexibility . Children become more agile when they are able to stretch and move their bodies in a full range of motion. Encouraging children to begin stretching in childhood can help them maintain limber physiques throughout life.
- Strength and stamina. Strength exercises can help children build healthy muscles. With an appropriately organised programme, children can advance their strength and stamina. Due to the age of pupils and risk of injury during growth spurts no weights will be used during strength classes; most workouts will focus on non-resistance training and developing stamina.
- Aerobic exercise. Cardiovascular training is an important component of children’s fitness, keeping their heart and lungs strong.