Pupils learn how to stay fit and healthy

From left, Jess Haden, Elliot Smith, Archie Rudd and Daisy Williamson enjoying the Happy Healthy Week at Lytham Hall Park Primary School

From left, Jess Haden, Elliot Smith, Archie Rudd and Daisy Williamson enjoying the Happy Healthy Week at Lytham Hall Park Primary School

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Dogs, firemen, police and sportsmen - some of children’s best loved ‘heroes’ visited them in classes to encourage them to keep happy and healthy.

Lytham Hall Park Primary School invited a range of organisations in for its dedicated ‘happy, healthy week’, encouraging youngsters to look after themselves.

The school on South Park, Lytham, saw children try out a yoga class, join interactive classes and learn news sports.

Teacher Katie Newton, PSHE co-ordinator at the school, said: “It’s been a really successful week.

“We wanted to promote keeping fit and healthy, raising the profile and importance of it, as well as promoting aspects of safety with the younger children.”

Visitors to the school have included an optician, a dietician, a dentist, fire fighters, RNLI volunteers and members of the British Transport Police, to teach children about personal health, staying safe at home, by water and on roads and train tracks.

Instructors from Fit To Go taught youngsters about why it is important to look after your body and why good food and sleep is important, while normal lessons worked around the school’s ‘happy and healthy’ theme.

Miss Newton said: “The week has offered a lot of new opportunities for the children.”

A highlight was a visit from the Canine Education Trust, which took trained dog Moses, a springer spaniel, into the school to help children learn how to behave safely with dogs.

Shirley King, chief executive of the Trust, said: “We teach children how to behave around dogs and what to do if you come across an angry dog and to avoid bites.

“Moses is really good, he’s got a great temperament and he loves the attention.”

Ms Newton added: “They really enjoyed the dogs and got a lot from it, it helped a lot of children to overcome their fears.

“It was really lovely to see them go up stroking the dog after being scared to start.”