Get Hovingham Healthy!

Get Hovingham Healthy Meeting.
Thursday 18th September 2008.
After school on Thursday September 18th many families came to the "Get Hovingham Healthy" meeting. It was wonderful to see so many families coming all together to help support the group.
The group were told about the new school rules and how each rules support an agenda from the Every Child Matters agenda.
Every Child Matters.
  • Keep safe
  • Healthy
  • Achieve and enjoy
  • Posivitive contributions.
  • Economic wellbeing.
Hovingham Primary School Rules.
  • Keep everyone safe.
  • Consider and repect everyone. (CARE)
  • Be the best you can be.
  • Be proud of our team.
  • Aim high.
The families that attended also thought about how these rules would be excellent rules to follow for life - both school life and home life.
Copies of the rules were given to the families as fridge magnets so that they can be displayed at home too.
Many of the children drew round their parents hands and decorated them to go on the Hovingham Magical Tree, which reminds everyone of the rules everytime we see it in the main hall.

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Many thanks to all families who support the
"Get Hovingham Healthy Group."
Thank you for supporting your children and encouraging them to follow these new rules. The new rules will help to keep our children safe and happy in school, and following them will help them to enjoy learning and achieve their goals.

Just look at the rubbish left on the dinning room floor!

I have used photoshop to put a few images together -

but in Environment week we really should stop dropping rubbish and look after our school environment - both inside and out.

At the end of Environment Week - I shall post some images to show how we have worked on improving our environment.




Get Hovingham Healthy Meeting
for Environment Week. May 19th - May 24th.
 Many thanks to the parents, children and staff who attended the

“Get Hovingham Healthy” meeting on Thursday 15th May after school.

We discussed ideas for the Environment week, which takes place next week in school. We looked at ways we could improve our school environment and also take care of the world by re using, recycling and reducing.

Although we will try to start some of these things in Environment week, we also talked about the importance of continuing to do these things each and every day.


Here are the ideas we shared together.


  • Amount of paper we use.
  • Plastic – laminating.
  • Petrol – walk to school.
  • Turn off lights and use energy saving bulbs.
  • Keep doors shut to keep heat in.
  • Don’t waste water – turn off taps.
  • Switch things off at the sockets, don’t leave on stand by.
  • When designing new toilets look at ways of conserving electricity and water.
  • LITTER – don’t drop it in the dining hall – or outside – bins on outside railings.


Re use

o        School uniform  - swap shop.

o        Other clothes – swap shop..

o        Toys and books – swap shop.

o        For art – yoghurt pots, newspapers, foil.

o        Plastic bags – or make fabric pump bags from recycled fabrics.



§         Paper and cardboard

§         Glass and plastic.

§         Clothes and shoes.

§         Garden and fruit waste for compost.

§         Collect rain water to water plants etc.



If no rubbish was dropped in school, (particularly in the dining hall) and no litter was dropped outside – it would really help to improve our school environment.


Every class in school will be looking at ways to improve our world,

during Environment Week, which is from Mon May 19th – Fri May 24th.

Food for the Brain group.
We have been meeting weekly this term and each week we have discussed 1 thing that we could try and change in our diets that would help our brains. We have realised that while it is important for our children to follow a healthy diet to optimise their learning at school, we also know that it will help the brains of all of us. Not only will these changes help our brains, but they will help our bodies too, and whilst helping to make our minds clever, they also help to make our minds happier too.
We meet for half and hour at the end of school and talk about how we have got on with the last challenge, and learn about the new weeks challenge. Our children then come and join us. Most weeks we have food to make and taste together and the children recieve certificates if they have achieved the previous weeks challenge - but it doesn't matter if you are not quite ready to get a certificate, because we all encourage each other, and the certificates can be earned in later weeks too.
If you are interested, but can not attend the group - the notes from the meeting are attached, ( just click on the links below) and please contact Mrs Fisher, if you would like any help, or if you think you child deserves one of the certificates for making a healthy change!
Challenge 2.Eat at least 5 portions of fruit or vegetables a day.
Challenge 3. Make healthy swaps to keeps blood sugar level even, like swapping coco pops bars for our healthy flapjacks, or crisps for crunchy carrots. ( Information for Challenge 2 & 3 was about Blood Sugar levels and low Gi)
Challenge 4. Eat 2-3 portions of oily fish. (Information on Good fats / Bad fats.)
If you would like further information on Food for the Brain-
  • Eat yourself clever - Carol Vorderman.
  • Smart food for Smart Kids - Patrick Holford & Fiona Mc Donald Joyce.
  • Optimum Nutriction for you Child's Mind - Patrick Holford.

At our first meeting we also looked at Patrick Holfords website on Food for the Brain, and worked through the test your child questionnaires. We will redo the questionnaires at the end of the summer term too.

Food for the Brain.
Look at the photographs below, and let's think if these lunches are helping our children to learn. First of all the colour of all the bags of crisps strikes me.... but our children would be healthier and their brains would be better nourished for learning, if we could see a mass of colour from fruits. If you look carefully you will see a few tasty looking brown bread sandwiches... but most of the sandwiches are made with white bread, some even with the crusts removed.
Tips on "Food for the Brain."
The government made new guidelines for school meals, so our school dinners now provide a healthy balanced lunch for your child. Everyday there is a salad bar, vegetables and healthy options. No salt is added to the food and fried food is limited to 2 items a week. Brown bread, fish and yoghurts are all regularly served.
To provide a healthy packed lunch we recommend
  • dont pack a drink - send a water bottle into class, and children can have water in the dinning room.
  • make sandwiches with brown bread, pitta breads or wraps.
  • crisps - no more than twice a week.
  • no chocolate, limit biscuits to twice a week.
  • lots of fruit, or crunchy vegetables.
  • pack a yoghurt.
  • don't pack too much.... if children have too much they will usually eat the treats and leave the healthy food.
Food for the Brain.
  • Breakfast.... the most important meal of the day... starts the brain up ready for school. Avoid sugary cereals. The best breakfast is porridge as it has a slower and prolonged release of glucose into the blood stream which enhances brain performance.
  • Tuna and Salmon for intelligence.... an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids. If your child doesn't like fish, look for products like eggs or yoghurts with Omega 3, or consider a fish oil supplement.
  • Other sources of Omega 3 - Nuts like walnuts, and almonds and seeds. Omega 3 is also reported to help emotional balance and produce a positive attitude throughout life.
  • Strawberries and blueberries for concentration.. Fruits and vegetables, which are high in antioxidants, have been linked to improved memory and brain function. Studies show that strawberries and blueberries are especially effective and that eating them results in improved coordination, concentration and short term memory.
  • Dried fruits keep children alert... they are high in iron, which improves mental alertness and energy levels.
  • Yoghurt enhances learning. Studies show that children eating high calcium foods have enhanced behaviour and learning. Calcium also helps strengthen bones and help children remain active.
  • Eggs for remembering. Eggs are rich in choline, which the body uses to produce a neurotransmitter( used to carry the messages from one brain cell to another), acetylcholine. Choline has been proven to boost brain power by speeding up the sending of signals to nerve cells in the brain.
  • Water... to keep the brain hydrated.
What are the worst foods for the brain?
Anything that is high in refined sugars... biscuits, cakes, sweets, chocolate, pastries... The Journal of Pediatrics notes a more pronounced responce to glucose overload in children than in adults, resulting in altered thinking, irritability and hyperactivity. The problem with highly refined sugars and carbohydrates is that they enter the bloodstream quickly and produce rapid fluctuations in blood glucose levels. The brain doesn't get a steady
fuel supply and behaviour and learning become more erratic.
Good brain foods.
Avocados, bananas, lean beef, broccoli, brown rice, brussel sprouts, melon, cheese, chicken, eggs, vegetables, flaxseed oil, milk, oatmeal,oranges, peanut butter, peas, potatoes, lettuce, salmon, soybeans, spinach, tuna, turkey, wheatgerm, yoghurt.
Bad Brain foods.
Artificial colourings, artificial sweetners, sugar frostings, high sugar drinks, fizzy drinks, hydrogenated fats, white bread and overeating.
Daily recommended calories 
  • 4-8 years female - 1200kcal
  • 4-8 years male    -  1400 kcal
  • 9-13 years female - 1600 kcal
  • 9-13 years male - 1800 kcal
 Further information can be found on the internet on sites such as the Food Standards Agency and
Optimum Nutrition for your childs mind by Patrick Holford.
Toxic Childhood by Sue Palmer.
Eat yourself clever by Carol Vorderman.
On a final note - remember moderation is the key....
no food should be banned - or else your child will want it even more!
An occasional treat is fine, but why not reward with a treat like playing a game, or going to the park or library.
Remember too that the worst state for a child to learn in, is a hungry and thirsty state. Move towards a healthier lifestyle a step at a time.
Exercise, sleep, laughter and love... also help your child learn.
Get Hovingham Healthy Meeting.
Thursday February 28th 2008
This half of the Spring Term we are going to focus on "Food and Fitness for the Brain." Most of us understand the importance of eating healthy food and doing exercise in terms of keeping our body in shape - but it also plays a vital role in keeping our brains in good working order. To help all our pupils achieve well, we must encourage them to eat well, and exercise.
On Parents Evening there will be a display with ideas, and our meeting on Thursday February 28th will focus on ways to make our
"Brains fit for learning."
Getting Hovingham Healthy Meeting.
November 6th 2007
The "Get Hovingham Healthy Group" has done work on healthy eating, fitness and exercise, the environment and working together to raise funds in Enterprise week, our focus now is to stop bullying in school and ensure that pupils feel happy and safe.
We looked at a simplified version of Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs, and discussed the fact that to help our children achieve their full potential it is vital that they are happy at school.
Mrs. Fisher shared her thought that maybe we should think of Anti Bullying week in a more positive light and call it – Happiness or Friendship Week, as most children that bully do so because they are unhappy, so if we could try and help all the children at Hovingham feel happy, we would also help stop bullying.


Children, staff, and parents then shared all their ideas for Children in Need and Anti Bullying Week.

ü       Collect money for Children in Need (and other charities.)

ü       Sell buns.

ü       Every class to make something positive to sell.

ü       Together times about Children in Need / Friendship week.

ü       Plays / role play.

ü       Every Child Matters and equal opportunities for every child.

ü       Be a good friend.

ü       Be kind to everyone.

ü       Think about other people’s feelings.

ü       Use the ICT suite to draw positive things.

ü       Stop fighting and bullying.

ü       Show respect to each other.

ü       Be polite.

ü       Be positive.

ü       Involve parents.

ü       People join in at playtimes and lunchtimes.

ü       Hall time for positive, co-operative games.

ü       Make good friends and stay together.

ü       Be the best you can be all the time.

ü       Tell a teacher if things upset you. Talk to an adult if you are unhappy.

ü       Tell a teacher if someone has been bullied or is bullying.

ü       Talk to your parents.

ü       More bike riding in Reception.

ü       Stop hitting people.

ü       Never hurt anyone.

ü       Talk to the School Council and the Race Equality Council.

ü       Hovingham is a nice place and we have nice teachers.

ü       Have games to play at playtimes.

ü       Look at your friends and smile at them.

ü       Play together, sharing and being kind.

ü       Don’t call people names or tease them.

ü       Give stickers.

ü       Be helpful.

ü       Provide somewhere for children to go and calm down.

ü       Have someone to talk to if you are angry.

ü       Ask new children to be our friends.

ü       Play with people if they are lonely or sad.

ü       Teamwork, play together as a team.

ü       Take children to the office if they hurt themselves and help children who have fallen.



With so many fantastic thoughts and ideas from everyone, I am sure that we will be able to do some really positive work for Children in Need and the Anti Bullying Week which will follow.

All year groups will be involved and parents are invited to join in with activities.


Thank you to everyone who is part of the

“Get Hovingham Healthy and Happy Group.”






Enterprise Week.

All the children and staff rose to the challenge to make things to sell at the Enterprise Show. As well as being busy designing and making products, classes also set up games and activities for everyone to enjoy at the show.

Nursery made some beautiful gift cards.

Reception made badges, puppets and staff did face painting at the show.

Year 1 made some fantastic, glittery and sparkly note pads, pencils and pencil pots. They made a lucky dip and also served ice creams.

Year 2 held a Butterfly Bazaar. The children made gift cards, necklaces, bracelets and fimo brooches, all on a butterfly theme. They also made pots with lolly pop flowers. Children made games, also using the butterfly theme.

Year 3 children threaded bracelets and made Hovingham Hedgehogs, and sold some delicious cakes.

Year 4 children made some wonderful cards with photographs they had taken. Smoothies and fruit chat was made and sold, and some fun games and activities were set up.

Year 5 set up their classes with a Bollywood theme. They made biscuits fit for bollywood stars and decorated mugs.

Year 6 children designed and made jewellery. They also designed cards to display them on in ICT.


Many thanks to all the parents, carers, and children who came and supported the Enterprise Show. The products on sale showed the talents and skills of the children. Pupils had been involved in designing, making, displaying, and selling. Together we raised the amazing amount of £597.41


Fitness Week.

Unfortunately there was nothing we could do about all the rain in our Fitness Weeks! The field was too water logged for us to hold Sports Day, and the Golden Kilometre was too muddy for us to walk.

Despite this we all really enjoyed the sessions with Freddy Fit, and Keystage 1, when the weather was kind, did our Wake up, Shake up, before school and at lunchtime. Parents enjoyed watching their children exercising and some of the mums even joined in.

Environment Week. from May 21st 2007

The whole school had a fantastic time during Environment Week. Everyone got to explore our super school grounds, our wonderful fields and wild life garden, pond and willow domes. Poems, stories, pictures and sculptures were inspire by our environment.

Reception children tidied up their outdoor play area and planted lots of seeds.

Year 1 visited Poternewton Park, with lots of parents. At the park they made sculptures out of natural materialsinspired by the work of Andrew Goldsworthy.

Year 2 made fantastic sculptures of trees, using materials gathered from the school grounds with felt, wool, clay, pipecleaners and paper. The trees have made a fabulous Hovingham Forest display in the front entrance. Children in 2 Yellow wrote guide books to the school grounds, and 2 Red wrote riddles about the grounds.

Year 3 began by improving their environment by tidying the courtyard next to their class and then they planted a variety of seeds.

Year 4 invited parents to an exciting morning of environmental activities, with refreshments included!

Year 5, as part of a topic on recycling took part in the "Bag 2 School" project and had the opportunity to recycle unused items from home.

Year 6 wrote stories for the KS1 children. The stories were set in the school grounds and were about the animals that live there.

Get Hovingham Healthy
This group meets every half term to put together ideas for special themed weeks we have each half term. The weeks aim to improve the well being of the whole community at Hovingham Primary School. The group is attended by children from Nursery to Year 6, school councillors, parents and carers, school governors and all staff.
Excellent ideas for our
Fitness and Enterprise Weeks!
Many thanks to those who came to our forum meeting to make plans for our Fitness and Enterprise Weeks.
Our Fitness weeks are from July 2nd –13th, with Sports day for KS1 on July 10th, and for KS2 on July 11th. 
Enterprise Week will take place at the same time, and the Enterprise Show Evening is on Thursday July 12th, and this will replace our Summer Fair.
 Here are the super ideas that we came up with
Excellent ideas for Enterprise Week.

Making healthy drinks, milk shakes, smoothies.

Making Healthy foods.

Making cakes, biscuits.

Making special dishes, which could be raffled.

Making dishes from different cultures.

Sewing- making bookmarks.

Making models, cars, aeroplanes, trucks, paper helicopters.

Making recycled paper.

Making cards, calendars, pictures.

Making jewellery, threading necklaces.

Growing plants, decorating plant pots.

Setting up puzzles, like 1 letter in each classroom to find and make a word.

Treasure Hunt.


Face painting.

Making up games.

Making our own Mela.

Making puppets and masks.

Doing jobs for money, like sharpening pencils.

Sponsored activities like reading, learning spellings.

For Fitness Weeks-

Drink more water.

Eat healthily.

Dance competition, with children teaching others the moves.

Bollywood dancing, with help from Support Assistants and parents.

Children to design their own obstacle course.

No cars, children to walk to school this week.

Play cricket, with the teachers, parents.

Skipping with children.

After lunch everyone to walk/ run a lap round the field, including teachers.

More PE lessons.

Learning different games, like Double Dutch skipping.

Sponsored cycling in the playground.

Dancing together.

Wake up, shake up, in the morning before school and everyone to join in.

With all these fantastic ideas, we should have a couple of very exciting weeks.
Information will be sent out to you nearer the time, so that you will know about all the activities taking place, and I do hope that you will enjoy joining in.
Many thanks again to everyone at the meeting.
Children who attended the meeting will receive a “Get Hovingham Healthy” badge- so if you would like to know more about the meeting, ask a child wearing the badge.
Click the link below to read Hovingham Primary School's Food Policy.
July 2007 
 Previous work of the "Get Hovingham Healthy" group is recorded on our blog.

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