Healthy schools London
At Barnes, we are working hard to promote health and well-being across our whole school community. We believe that investing time and energy into this will facilitate a happy, healthy and successful school experience for all.
About the award
Healthy Schools London is an Awards Programme that will reach out to every London child, working with schools to improve children and young peoples’ wellbeing.
We started our journey towards this goal in (2019-20) and followed the Healthy Schools London framework to progress our efforts. Within the academic year (2019-20) we were successful in achieving Bronze status which was the product of excellent determination and work by the staff team. During the academic year 2020/21, we created an action plan to focus on supporting wellbeing across the school community (which was especially important during the pandemic). The implementation and analysis of the impact of our work enabled us to submit both silver and gold awards to the borough which were approved.
Recommended book list linked to Healthy Schools (Key Stage 2)
Professor Astro Cat’s Human Body Odyssey
Dominic Walliman & Ben Newman
The newest addition to the popular Professor Astro Cat series, this time taking a journey through the amazing human body. Filled with bold, contemporary illustrations and scientific ideas are introduced in a very child-friendly way. This series is always a huge hit in the classroom.
Ms. Kate Davies & Carnovsky
An anatomy lesson like no other! Look inside the human body with the magic three-colour lens and x-ray from head to toe to discover how your body works. Use the red lens to reveal the skeleton, the green to see the muscles working, and x-ray your organs with the blue lens to find out what they do day and night to keep you alive. Uncover the secrets of the human body and explore how its different systems work in this stunning follow up to the internationally best-selling Illuminature. Jam-packed with detailed illustrations and full of facts and information, this innovative encyclopaedia from Milan-based design duo Carnovsky will make you see the human body in a whole new light.
Life on Earth: Human Body (Lower KS2)
Heather Alexander & Andres Lozano
This is a bright and colourful non-fiction text about the human body. The simple question-and-answer format makes it easy to gather lots of information and the interactive flaps keep young readers interested. This is the kind of non-fiction text that children like to choose to read and read again.
The Astounding Broccoli Boy
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Entertaining and quirky, The Astounding Broccoli Boy tells the story of a boy called Rory who unexpectedly turns green. Stuck in a hospital isolation ward with the less-than-ideal companion of the school bully, who has also turned green, Rory must figure out what is happening to him and find a way to be a superhero no matter what he looks like on the outside. A very funny story that makes a good choice to read aloud in KS2.
Are You What You Eat?: A Guide to What’s on your Plate and Why!
If you’ve felt sleepy during school or wondered what a superfood is Are You What You Eat? explains which foods and food groups boost your energy and keep you healthy. Take the quizzes, read the facts and answer the questions to find out which foods keep your brain in top gear. Understand why healthy eating is so important and the positive impact it has on every aspect of your life.
Packed with information on nutrition and healthy eating including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, you’ll be able to make good choices when you eat.
The Fastest Boy in the World (Upper KS2)
This is the story of a young Ethiopian boy called Solomon, who has a passion for running. He dreams of becoming a medal-winning athlete. Little does he know that soon he will need to run with all his might in a race to save his grandfather’s life. This inspiring story was shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Medal.