Keeping Healthy and Safe
Safer Internet Day 2017 was celebrated globally on Tuesday 7th February with the theme
'Be the change: unite for a better internet'.
During the day, our children learned more about the power of image and the importance of keeping personal information private. Each class took part in either designing a poster or leaflet, singing songs or making a short video to promote internet safety awareness and the children then shared their work during an assembly. Take a look at the Class 1 home page to watch their brilliant video. We recognised the importance of this topic in today's society and hope that the work covered and issues raised, will allow our children to remain safe online for years to come.
There are some great, free, online resources for parents and children to access. Just follow the link under the Parent Information tab, then click on Home/School Partnership.
Health and Wellbeing Week 2016
At St Margaret Ward, we understand the need for everyone in our school to have a healthy lifestyle and we held a 'Health and Wellbeing Week' from 19th to 23rd September. The aim of the week was to equip pupils with the understanding and skills they need to make informed choices about healthy eating, fitness and their emotional and mental wellbeing.
We asked the children to walk, cycle or scoot to school. If they managed to do this every day, they received a certificate at the end of the week and the class with the highest percentage of children walking, scooting or biking to school received a class prize!
Other activities included:
- Blending delicious fruit smoothies by pedalling specially designed front loading smoothie bikes
- The School Food Showdown Healthy Eating Roadshow - a head to head competition to cook the best healthy balanced meal
- Meditation sessions to encourage and develop concentration, clarity and calm
- Mad Fitness Day when children gained insight into fitness and nutrition
Crucial Crew On Wednesday 16 September, our Year 6 children took part in this annual informative and educational course on personal safety. Representatives of the Fire, Ambulance and Police Services involved the children in exciting educational activities about a wide range of safety issues and the children learned many things that will hopefully help them to make the right choices in situations later in life.
Vegetable Boxes Money raised from a Friends of St Margaret Ward event was used to buy seeds, compost and tools needed to fill all our vegetable boxes last year. Just before Easter, children helped to plant potatoes, onions, tomatoes, strawberries and some flowers, then later planted the rest of the seeds including lettuce, sprouts, beetroot and radishes. The children loved looking after and caring for their beautiful home grown vegetables and are looking forward to planting again in the spring.
Road Safety Our St Margaret Ward Junior Road Safety officers promote walking to school and general road safety awareness to all our children by running competitions for each year group and highlighting safety issues. Each year a group of our Year 5 and Year 6 children are appointed as our Road Safety Officers.
Swimming Throughout the second half of the year, our Year 5 and 6 children have swimming lessons in the club pool at Sale Leisure Centre. They then have a weekly swimming session in which they learn the basics of water safety and stroke improvement in small groups, taught by three experienced swimming coaches.
Cycling Proficiency instruction Each year, instructors from Trafford Road Safety Unit come in to run a Safer Cycling course for our Year 6 children and this formal training is important to ensure that children are equipped with skills to stay safe on today's busy roads. Trafford Council’s Road Safety unit offers national standard ‘Bikeability’ cycle training to pupils in Year 6 at all schools in Trafford free of charge and they also carry out a safety check of the children's bikes prior to the course starting,