Our Healthy Year: Reception toolkit

Easy ways to build healthy habits into everyday school routines


  • EYFS


  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • PE
  • PSHE
  • Art & Design

What's this for?

Simple and flexible ideas to help build healthy activity into the school day.

In the classroom

Choose from our flexible, fun ideas to create a year of healthy activity and support your pupils in the first year in which they are weighed and measured as part of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP).

This resource includes:

  • Simple ideas for building healthy activity into everyday class routines
  • Flexible ideas linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and Early Learning Goals
  • Ideas and activities that can be adapted for a range of abilities and settings
  • Resources to help schools meet statutory duties to promote children's health and well-being, and help them understand how to keep themselves healthy (Ofsted School inspection handbook, personal development, behaviour and welfare)

Make the most of the toolkit by downloading the accompanying resources: 

"The resources are really good – they are engaging, fun and provide a whole range of activities for the children to take part in and the teachers to choose from. You can adapt to suit your class quite easily and the instructions are really clear."

Gemma King, St George's Catherdral Catholic Primary School, London

Learning objectives

After using these activities, pupils should:

  • Understand the importance of eating well
  • Understand the importance of being active
  • Be able to explain how to keep themselves healthy

Try this

Need lesson planning inspiration? Use these flexible ideas to create fun sessions for your class.