The Children's Health Blog

CONNECTING CHILDREN ACROSS THE GLOBE IN A CONVERSATION ABOUT BETTER HEALTH

Children (aged 4-11 years) in your school will learn about health and wellbeing online, on a daily basis, both in school and at home. Learning about great physical and mental health acts as a preventative measure, ensuring pupils in your school thrive and are able to learn at their very best.  

The Children's Health Blog can be accessed with just 5 minutes of committed classroom time per day. Our Blog is authored by teachers and qualified health professionals - meaning teachers need no specialist knowledge to encourage improved physical and mental health.  

Children and families read the posts we share, and then have the opportunity to write their own blog posts which will be shared with our community of schools online. When children engage in this way, they commit to taking care of their physical and mental health, and their families feel supported with the information we share. 

We take e-Safety very seriously. Everything is fully moderated before it is published- keeping children safe online.

What is The Children's Health Blog?

Daily Posts to read with your class

Challenges for children to take part in

Class blogging platform

Ask our experts questions about health and wellbeing

Everyday, your class will read a 'Daily Post' written by one of our Health Champions - Captain Kinetic©, Nutrition Ninja©, Agent Lifestyle© and Mindset Warrior©. Your pupils respond either as a class, as individuals or as a family. 

Each week, we engage the children in two Health Challenges, and offer simple ideas to improve their health, such as recipes and movement sessions.

Children have full access to the Blog, so can log in at school, or at home. They have their own unique login, allowing them to publish their own blog posts to share with our community of schools.

Children and their parents can ask the Health Champions anything about their physical or mental health. Behind the scenes, our experts respond to children in child-friendly language, helping them to understand why they should care about their health, and how to go about it.  

The youngest children interact as part of their class, or as a family. The oldest children engage independently, either on computers or iPads in the classroom, or at home. Every post is moderated before it appears online. Either the teacher of the class moderates, or our qualified experts moderate. This keeps children safe, and teacher time commitments to a minimum. 

What will the children read about?

Our cross-curricular approach to Health and Wellbeing in EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, combines the PE, Science, PSHE and DT curricular.

We describe ‘health and wellbeing’ in four ways...

Healthy Movement

Movement plays a fundamental role in the health of our pupils. We help children achieve the recommended levels of daily activity, appreciate their bodies for the amazing things they can do (as opposed to how they look), reduce sedentary behaviours and build a positive start to their Physical Literacy journeys.

Healthy Eating

It's becoming increasingly recognised that food choices affect how a child learns and what they achieve in the classroom, as well as their mood, energy levels and overall wellbeing. We don't just teach children the basics of low sugar, five-a-day etc, we teach them to explore deep nutrition, and how it can help them thrive. 

Healthy Habits

Most of us can think of a child who comes into school having had little sleep, doesn't have a water bottle with them, and rarely gets outside in the fresh air...all these additional elements of health and wellbeing are having a profound effect on how well children feel. We teach children to take care of themselves with daily habits.  

Healthy Thoughts

Our programme teaches children to feel better about themselves, cope with their emotions and deal with tough situations with tolerance and resilience. We target body image issues, which we see in children as young as 4 years old, and help children create a toolbox of mindful practices to support positive mental health.  

Who writes the Daily Posts?

Daily posts on The Children's Health Blog are written by our teachers and health experts, cleverly disguised as our Health Champions! This way, the children learn from inspiring characters, while you are reassured the information is coming from qualified professionals.

The Health Champions represent each area of health and wellbeing. Each one has a story to tell, and each one has advice to encourage children to improve their health. We've found pupils to be captivated by these characters, and have even heard children saying: "What would Mindset Warrior tell me to do?" , "Agent Lifestyle keeps himself healthy everyday, just like me" , "I want to be like Nutrition Ninja when I'm older" and "Captain Kinetic reminds me to move my body!" 

Captain Kinetic© is inquisitive in play, confident in daily movement, and ambitious when challenged. Having developed a wide range of movement skills, he strives for success in all arenas, yet is resilient to defeat with his supple attitude. He’s a brave competitor, who admires his rivals and challenges with a smile. He sees varied terrain as an opportunity to climb and scramble, trusting his body to support his appetite for adventure. A role model to others, he uplifts his team. Balancing sport with creativity, he enjoys a range of activities, and never says no to a new challenge. He goes to sleep naturally exhausted, enthusiastic to traverse tomorrow’s encounters.

Nutrition Ninja© searches the world for her favourite recipes, savouring every delicious flavour, and feeling safe in the knowledge that her food is fuelling her adventurous life, her healthy body and her mind. She realises the power of food, not only for taste, but also to nourish her body and brain, both working hard everyday. With her knowledge and understanding of nutrients, she can select foods to support her needs, nurturing her great moods and steady energy levels. Food and drink are powerhouses of goodness for Nutrition Ninja©, who cares about and respects their origins and carefully considers her diverse diet to make her feel vibrant!

Agent Lifestyle© places in value in some of the forgotten health secrets of past. He sleeps deeply for long periods, resting his mind and body to prepare for new learning. Every cell in his active, nourished body is plump with water, bringing clarity to challenging tasks. Outside, he breathes the fresh air which will aid his sleep, while the sun shines on as much of his skin as possible, allowing his body to produce Vitamin D for his bones and immunity. He fills his days with healthy hobbies, whilst maintaining balance with routine. Generally, his life is experienced in moderation, but abundance blossoms with healthy foods and activities. When spending time with family and friends, his teeth glisten with a happy smile.

Mindset Warrior© is at peace with herself. She sets goals, works towards them, picks herself up when she falls, and considers other people in her actions. She values herself - not for her appearance, but for her zest for life and the enjoyment she finds in interactions with people and the world around her. She strives to achieve, but not necessarily for perfection. She senses the good in others and works on self-development in order to feel a sense of fulfillment. A warrior instead of a worrier, she demonstrates resilience and kindness, both to herself and others.

What might a week of blogging look like?

April
30

#mondaymeals 

Monday's Daily Post is hosted by Nutrition Ninja. She educates the children about eating natural, nutritious foods. A recipe is usually included e.g. 'A Ruby Red Smoothie with a Surprise Ingredient'


Champion Challenge: 'Writing' or 'Speaking' 

Children are challenged to blog about health e.g. 'What would the healthiest day ever look like?' OR challenged to speak to others about health e.g 'Persuade someone that eating vegetables is the most important thing you can do for your health'  


May
2

#tuesdaytips 

Tuesday's Daily Post is hosted by Agent Lifestyle. He writes to the children about daily habits that keep them healthy e.g. 'Four Ways to Look After Your Teeth'


Children Blogging

 Children from your class may log on at home and share their own favourite recipe, or a game they have created which others can take part in


May
3

#wonderwednesday

Wednesday's Daily Post is hosted by any one of our Health Champions - depending on the topic e.g. 'How to deal with stress...' from Mindset Warrior


Class Blogging

A class shares a warm up activity they have done in PE. The child who has a broken arm and can't take part blogs about the activity, sharing a video so other classes on the Blog can try the same activity

May
4

#thoughtfulthursday

Thursday's Daily Post is hosted by Mindset Warrior. She writes about healthy thoughts e.g. 'Mindfully noticing the world around you...'


Champion Challenge: 'Making' or 'Thinking'

Children are challenged to make something unique e.g 'Find items from the natural world to lay out your name, take a photo and share it with us' OR given a question to ponder and discuss with the class e.g 'What is a successful life?'




May
5

#fitnessfriday

Friday's Daily Post is hosted by Captain Kinetic and sets the children up for a weekend of movement e.g 'Four exercises to help improve your balance'


Ask the Health Champions a Question

Children drop into the Blog during some ICT time in the afternoon and spend 2 minutes asking the Health Champions a question about health and wellbeing. They later log onto the Blog at home to check whether the Health Champions have replied, then share the answer with their parents.  


Over the weekend, a parent logs onto the Blog and asks a question about healthy eating. Our nutrition coach is able to answer the question, helping the family to eat healthier meals. 



How can we use The Children's Health Blog in school?

There are many ways The Children's Health Blog can be integrated into your school's health and wellbeing offer:

Whole Class - During Early Morning Work, or straight after lunch, you display the Daily Post on your class screen. As a class, you read through the short post, and share your thoughts together. As a class, you reply to the post, answering any questions the Health Champions have posed. You may also choose to write your own blog post every couple of weeks, about something healthy happening in your school. This will inspire other classes on the Blog...you may even find a school to collaborate with!

Individual Children - When children are able to read and write independently, they log on to the Blog themselves. They may do this during school time (on iPads, or a class computer) when they have a few minutes spare, or they can do this at home. If children are reading the Blog at home, their family can also be involved, further encouraging healthy lifestyles outside of school for all ages. 

Extra Curricular Club - A couple of schools are choosing to use the Blog to facilitate and guide learning during an extra curricular 'Health Club'. They use our Scheme of Work (click here to preview) for the content of the sessions, then the children follow up using the Blog at home. This provides families with on-going support, and encourages the children to see health and wellbeing as holistic, and something to focus on, inside and outside of school. 

Whole School - Every assembly is an opportunity to encourage better health and wellbeing; every noticeboard can communicate a message of physical and mental wellbeing; your newsletters could have a health theme each week; your class blogs communicate how important the health and wellbeing of your pupils is to the school; whole school homework projects could follow the theme of the blog posts...using the topics from the Blog can streamline your health offer across the school.  

PE specialists - If you only see classes for PE, but believe 'Physical Education' is more than just sport and exercise, the Blog is perfectly suited to you. It can serve as an excellent starter for your lessons, or prompt a conversation while the children are changing. Much like the 'extra curricular club' option, children can still access the Blog at home, where you can continue to interact with them after school. A great opportunity to continue the communication of health and wellbeing as a key message in your curriculum, and a place to set them homework challenges! Our Scheme of Work also includes 40 lessons for Healthy Movement which could be used in your PE lessons. 

How can we pay for The Children's Health Blog?

The Children's Health Blog forms an important part of improving and sustaining children's knowledge, understanding and commitment to a more healthy, active lifestyle.

Because of this, it fits perfectly into the priorities for the annual PE and Sport Premium funding schools are currently receiving. With the latest news that the funding will be continuing until 2020, it being doubled next academic year, and the introduction of the new Healthy Pupils Capital Programme, now is the perfect time to budget for an online health offer. 

How would we measure the impact on the children's health and wellbeing?

As part of your annual PE and Sport Premium report, you are required to measure the impact spending has had, and publish this on your website. Aside from anecdotal evidence, we support your PE subject leader to measure impact with our Children's Health Survey. When the children begin using the Blog, they fill in the 28 question Survey anonymously. They can do either do this independently, or with their parents. The results of the survey are emailed to your PE lead, giving your school an understanding of where children sit in four areas of health - Healthy Movement, Healthy Eating, Healthy Habits and Healthy Thoughts. To measure impact at the end of the financial year, the children repeat the Survey, allowing your PE lead to analyse the results and see what impact your PE and Sport Premium spend has had. This is usually a paid subscription, but comes free as part of your Blog subscription! 

As you are working with The Children's Health Project CIC, we will send you a badge to be used on your letterheads, and we'll feature your own school's badge on our website. This way, you are communicating your commitment to improving your pupils' physical and mental wellbeing, and we are celebrating our work with you.  

PRICES

An annual subscription to The Children's Health Blog for one class costs just £100

That's less than 7 pence per child/family, per week, for a class of 30 children.  

When you sign up to The Children's Health Blog, we will send you the link to start creating your Class Blog. We will also send you an instruction manual, and parent guide, to help you get started.  

How else can I improve the health and wellbeing of pupils in my school?

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Find out more about our Health and Wellbeing Scheme of Work - 160 lessons for children in EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. To be used in PE, Science, PSHE and DT lessons - no additional curriculum time required. 

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Questions?

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