Healthy year - year 6 toolkit for teachers

Lincolnshire County Council

Resources for teachers to help build healthy habits in Year 6 pupils. This training can be used as evidence towards helping you achieve SMSC.


In Lincolnshire, 8 percent of 4-5 year olds and 19 percent of 10-11 year olds were reported to be obese (2017). Boys are more likely to be obese than girls. Children living in the most deprived areas are twice as likely to be obese as those in the least deprived areas. Childhood obesity presents immediate and long-term negative effects on a child’s physical and social wellbeing, educational attainment and mental health. Obese children and adolescents are at an increased risk of developing various health problems such as a greater risk of bone and joint problems, sleep apnoea, and social and psychological problems, such as stigmatisation and low self-esteem.

Obesity is a complex problem with many drivers, including our behaviour, environment, genetics and culture. However, at its root obesity is caused by an energy imbalance: taking in more energy through food than we use through activity.

A recent in-depth review of the evidence to inform the best approach in Lincolnshire has shown that there is no single intervention that is likely to have a lasting positive effect. Evidence supports action centred on the following to promote healthy weight in children:

  • meeting the recommended amount of physical activity for the child’s age
  • promoting active transport to school and in general
  • reducing screen time
  • laying down early foundations for healthy eating: offering portion sizes appropriate to the child’s needs and reducing the amount of excess calories consumed in sugary foods and drinks
  • parental support
Contact and how to book

The toolkit is attached and further resources are available.

A get active poster is also attached.

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