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Cookham Dean CE Primary School

Where we all flourish

You make known to me the path of life.
Psalm 16 verse 11

Health and Wellbeing

We aim to be a healthy school. This means that we encourage healthy bodies and healthy minds. We want the children to make good choices regarding healthy foods and the children are encouraged to eat a healthy snack at breaktime ; cheese, fruit or plan rice cakes. In KS1, children are given free fruit and in KS2, we have recognised the importance of eating fruit so the parents provide fresh fruit for all children.

Our healthy schools week is extremely popular with the children. During this week, they get to try sports and physical activities that they may not have tried before : pilates, boxing, golf with the view that they may be inspired to take up a new sport. During this week, we particularly focus on looking after our bodies and minds with speakers (parents and others) talking to the children about keeping ourselves healthy.

We have also introduced mindfulness into school - with a particular focus on breathing techniques through brain breaks (3 times a day) and teaching children to be in the present moment. We are teaching children about how their brain works, about mindful listening, mindful seeing as well as empathy and respect. 

Our running track is very popular with the children and  all children run for 10 minutes at least 3 times per week. This is in addition to the PE curriculum time as well as before and after school clubs that are offered.

Healthy Schools Award

This year (2021/2022) we are working towards obtaining Healthy Schools Award. Pupils, parents and staff will be involved in auditing where we currently are in the Autumn/Spring term. From this, all stakeholders will generate an action plan. Watch out for more information!

Teacher workload and wellbeing


As a senior leadership team, we are extremely mindful of the wellbeing and workload of our staff to ensure that our staff are able to deliver a first class curriculum and ensure that all children flourish. To understand how we do this, please read the document below:

Thoughtful Thursday

Today we welcomed 52Lives to our virtual assembly. They talked to us about the difference kindness makes to others but also to ourselves.  Their organisation helps 1 person for every week of the year but they encourage everyone to be kind all the time. Our Thoughtful Thursday was following this principle - the children took part in litter picking in their local area, made cups of teas for mums/dads/carers, delivered home baking delights to neighbours and wrote cards and letters to grandparents whom they hadn't seen for ages because of the lockdown. We are proud to say that we are a kind school