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Healthy Living Day
11th May 2018

Pupils enjoy some healthy living.

Thursday 26th April 2018, pupils from Dean Close Preparatory School spent the day developing their team building, cookery and camping skills, as well as discussing body image as part of their ‘Healthy Living Day’.

Healthy Living Day is part of an ongoing Preparatory School Wellbeing Programme to promote personal wellbeing and to equip pupils with key life skills. Throughout the day groups of children, aged 11 and 12, rotated between four sessions; cooking a healthy snack, discussing body image, First Aid, camping skills (pitching a tent and cooking on Trangia Stove) and team building skills in the Forest School.

During the camping session children experienced several camping design classics – the Vango Force 10 tent and the Swedish Trangia Stove.  Pupils discussed factors to consider when choosing the best campsite, for example how wind direction might affect their choice of orientation, how flat the ground was and the position of nearby trees and hedges; they then enjoyed the challenge of putting up the tent! After a great deal of physical activity the children were rewarded with a hot chocolate, which they had to make themselves by boiling water on the stove.

During the body image session, Mrs Salisbury, Head of PSHCE, spoke to the pupils about the media’s role in falsely shaping people’s views about their physical appearance and the importance of developing good self-esteem. The session was based on the Dove 'Confident Me' programme designed for educating young people.

In the First Aid session, Mr Harris used the St. John’s Ambulance ‘Big First Aid Lesson’ to talk about how to treat burns and the procedure to follow if someone is choking. The children also learnt how to conduct a primary survey of an accident scene and how to put a casualty in the recovery position.