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Winner: Oakfield Infant School; SCHOOLS AWARDS Healthy Living Award.

OVER the last four years, Oakfield Infant School has truly embraced the concept of Every Child Matters. In working to raise young pupils' awareness of how they can make positive lifestyle choices, they have taken a holistic approach that targets body and mind.

A School Council aims to stamp out bullying via a buddy training system, there are anti-bullying awards and projects, and the curriculum now incorporates two hours of dedicated PE each week and a Brain Gym.

The initiatives target pupils aged four to seven, and one of the major changes has been to school dinners, where they now offer themed days, a national fruit scheme, daily milk and water breaks.

A spokeswoman said: "Our school has taken a conscious choice to embed healthy lifestyles into our curriculum and wider school environment. One of the most effective developments we have undertaken over the past four years has been the extended use of the outdoor environment and our improvements to the school grounds, so that learning is now effective outdoors as well as indoors."

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HOLISTIC APPROACH Alison Hall with Sam Dodds, front, Megan Chaney, left, Ruby Phillips and David Dodds at Oakfield Infant School. Pictures: James Chisholm
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 19, 2008
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