Lily Lane is a Healthy School
Manchester Healthy Schools Team has been working in partnership with Manchester schools for over seventeen years – tackling health inequalities and improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people. In November 2016, the team merged with the School Nursing service to create the School Health Service; closely aligning the work of both teams to the Healthy Child Programme.
The Healthy Schools team adopts a whole school approach to support schools to become healthier learning environments and improve health outcomes for children, young people and families in the local community.
To achieve this award the school has to meet certain criteria based on PSHE, Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, and Emotional Health and Well-being.
Lily Lane is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children in our care. We try to meet the criteria in the following ways:
PSHCE Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education.
A subject in which children learn about themselves, other people, rights and responsibilities and relationships.
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education is taught regularly as part of our curriculum. We follow the SEAL (Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning) themes each half term. These themes are:
- New beginnings
- Getting on and falling out
- Going for goals
- Good to be me
Also, we have special focus weeks throughout the year, where we look at key issues like healthy eating, safe internet use, anti-bullying etc. We also follow the Healthy Schools’ Sex and Relationship Programme, which is age appropriate and in the context of caring relationships.
Healthy Eating at Lily Lane
Our school dinners follow strict guidelines and are nutritionally balanced. We encourage parents providing packed lunches to provide healthy options, avoiding high fat and sugary foods.
Crisps, sweets, fizzy drinks and chocolate are not permitted in school. Please see the school food and drinks policy for further guidance.
More information about school meals can be found on the Manchester City Council website MANCHESTER FAYRE
Children are encouraged to bring plain, bottled water into school each day. Filtered, cooled water is available for all children throughout the day as it has been proven that good hydration improves concentration.
Fizzy drinks, flavoured water and juices are not allowed in school.
Fruit has been provided, free of charge, for the EYFS and Key Stage 1 for many years now. It is the only snack that we have in school for playtimes.
Key stage 2 children have the option of purchasing fruit from school.
Nursery children are provided with free semi-skimmed milk every day. Milk is also available for all other year groups and can be purchased on a termly basis.
In Nursery all children brush their teeth each day after lunch. We have regular visits from the dental health nurse to educate the children about maintaining good oral hygiene.
The school nurse is also available if you have any concerns about your child’s health – the nurse can be contacted on: 0161 741 2043
You can find further information about healthy eating on the following websites:
As the name suggests, our breakfast club is a before-school club for children. The main purpose of our breakfast club is to provide a safe, secure environment before school, where children can have a healthy breakfast with their friends.
What happens at breakfast club?
The format of breakfast clubs varies, but we provide a healthy breakfast (ranging from cereal to porridge to beans or scrambled egg on toast) for children, alongside activities that they can take part in before school. Children come in and have their breakfast, then they have time to play. There are usually activities such as board games, colouring and drawing, and we also incorporate exercise or movement activities.
There has been a wealth of research into the benefits of children having a good breakfast. These include:
- Improved concentration
- Improved attendance and punctuality
- Better learning behaviour
- Improved attainment and achievement at school.
After school clubs
We have an extensive after-school club programme with 80-100 children staying most nights. Our extra-curricular activities range from cookery, badminton, art, science, athletics, netball, football, dance, music, singing and many more!
Physical Activity at Lily Lane
PE is a National Curriculum subject and all children take part unless they are medically unfit. We are dedicated to a minimum of 2 hours curriculum PE every week. A variety of opportunities are provided for children to gain physical exercise including dance, gymnastics, games, swimming (year4) and athletics.
Children from Year 2 upwards are also timetabled for the daily mile and/or FIT4LIFE sessions.
Lunchtimes consist of timetabled activities, overseen by Mrs Dragisic, a specialist PE teacher, with the support of two lunchtime sports coaches from Active Schools. We also recruit PALs (Physical Activity Leaders) from year 5 And 6, who are leaders in organising activities at lunchtimes.
Lily Lane is committed to giving as many children as possible a competition experience, be it virtual, intra-school or inter-school. Throughout the year, children are taken to a variety of competitions, some to County standard, across Manchester with considerable success. We believe that playing sport can help with the following:
Playing sports is a great way for students to interact with one another. Participating in school sports means students become part of a team, which in turn will help them bond as a group. This can make children more sociable and outgoing, whilst helping to boost their performance.
Daily, physical activity will help children stay healthy and strong, whilst improving coordination and helping students relax better. Physical benefits often have an impact on emotional well-being, which can help improve student’s school performance.
Playing sports with classmates can motivate and help students with their confidence, as they can engage in friendly competition and form new friendship groups by working with a new group of children.
Taking part in sports activities can often involve being a team leader of a small or large group. This not only helps students build confidence, but it’s also great practice for in the future.
Rights Respecting School
The school’s Unicef Rights Respecting Schools Award threads through the whole school. It puts children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK. Unicef works with schools to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. Our Rights Respecting Schools Award embeds these values in daily school life and gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens.
The Award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into practice within the school and beyond. Our steering group are working hard to drive our school forward.
School Council and Sport Council
A school council is a formal group of pupils within a school who are elected by their peers to represent them and their views.
Why have a school council?
There are lots of reasons.
Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) says that children and young people should have a say in decisions that affect their lives. A school council can provide a meaningful way in which pupils can voice their opinions and have their views taken into account in decisions which impact upon them.
Experience from schools here and further afield shows that a school council that is supported and nurtured helps to improve many aspects of school life.
It is an important and useful way for schools to provide leadership and development opportunities for their pupils.
Within the school curriculum, one of the key areas making up the ‘Learning for Life and Work’ theme is active participation. The curriculum requires that young people are provided with opportunities to participate in school and society. School councils are an excellent way in which to increase participation, teaching young people about democracy, local and global citizenship and accountability. At Lily lane, we have a school council and a sports council who meet regularly and have a major part to play in decision-making in our school.
Emotional Health and Well-being
Staff are constantly striving to address the social and emotional aspects of learning through PSHCE lessons and the SEAL themes.
Our curriculum provides opportunities for teaching positive behaviour strategies and encourages children to implement these independently.
- Class Charters. At the beginning of the school year, each class is taught about the school rules of Ready, Respectful and Safe and each classroom has a display about these. Each class also draws up their own set of class expectations, based on our school rules. We also use the SEAL resources to support the curriculum and other suitable materials. These class expectations will be agreed before publishing; they are positively phrased and are displayed in the classroom. We share them with parents and carers at the Parents’ meetings in the Autumn term. They can also be accessed on the Learning Platform.
- Class Assertive Discipline. There are times when teachers may use this strategy to encourage specific behaviour for learning. E.g. good listening (marbles in a jar).
- The Learning Pit. Every classroom has a learning pit display, designed by the children which helps them to develop positive strategies to manage some of the emotions they feel when the learning is challenging. It helps children to see learning as a process which they can control by developing effective strategies to overcome difficulties.
- The 4 Keys to Successful Learning :
The children are encouraged to reflect on the learning process in relation to these four key attributes which can be improved through practice. At the beginning of each school year, children from year 2 to 6 fill in a four keys questionnaire to identify which attributes they need to focus on to improve their learning. Teachers often refer to these attributes when discussing children’s learning
- Assemblies. Assemblies are used to promote and discuss the 4 Keys to Successful learning, SEAL themes for the half term and any other relevant issues.
- PSHCE lessons based on Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning. The areas are: self-awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills. There are opportunities for children to discuss behaviour, values and citizenship.
- Circle time. Class discussion times are used to explore issues that have arisen, to support children in maintaining good behaviour and relate to the 4 Keys to Successful learning where applicable.
- Kagan Structures. These are used to promote co-operative learning and active engagement across the whole school. It is our aim to create a caring, cooperative school environment where children have the desire and ability to work together.
- Half termly Learning Logs. Children reflect on learning behaviour after the half term and set themselves goals.
- Weekly ’Good Work ‘Assemblies. In Key Stage 1, children are nominated for the ‘Good Work Book’ and ‘Star of the Week.’ In Key Stage 2, children share their work and 2 children are also nominated for ‘Star of the Week.’
- Praise and Encouragement. This takes place informally through verbal feedback and recognition. All children receive regular praise and encouragement for good learning behaviour.
- School Council and Sport Council. The School Councils focus on issues raised by the children to improve their school.
We recognise good behaviour for learning through:
- Verbal praise and feedback
- Sharing achievements with other significant staff
- Marking and positive feedback comments with clear next steps
- Texts to parents and positive postcards sent home
- Positive phone calls home
- Good work assemblies
- Stars of the week/Good Work book
- Half termly ‘Behaviour for Learning Logs (Year 2 to Year 6). These are filled in at the end of a half term by the child and the teacher. The child reflects on their learning behaviour and what they have achieved. They will also set themselves goals for the following half term. The teacher will then comment on the child and decide whether or not they should be presented with their certificate and entered into the ‘prize draw’ at the end of the half term.
‘You’ve been spotted’ (R-Y6) – individual cards that are given to children in recognition of their good behaviour, manners etc. These can be given out by all members of staff. They are collected in by the class teacher and a weekly class total is celebrated in the Friday assembly. A running total is displayed in each hall during the half term and the winning ‘Super Spotty Class’ can decide upon a suitable reward. These cards can form the basis of discussion during circle time lessons and PSHE.
In addition we have two parent support advisers who work closely with parents and individual or small groups of children who may need extra support emotionally.