Play and Lunch Times


Here at Banham we treat the holistic needs of our children with the upmost importance. We know that for our young people to thrive they need a balanced lifestyle both now and in their future.

Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation prompt:

Things that can help keep children and young people mentally well include:

  • being in good physical health, eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise
  • having time and freedom to play, indoors and outdoors
  • being part of a family that gets along well most of the time
  • going to a school that looks after the wellbeing of all its pupils
  • taking part in local activities


We know that breaktimes where children are engaged, focused, active and enjoying themselves help:

  • increase classroom engagement and make children more attentive, productive and ‘learning ready’.
  • help reduce disruptive behaviour in the learning environment.
  • help reduce sedentary behaviours which can lead to life long habits.
  • allow children to learn which physical activities they enjoy.
  • allow children to practice and build upon skills learnt in PE lessons and sporting activities they take part in.
  • improve children’s learning and overall academic achievement.


  • movement breaks.
  • provide cognitive rest and recuperation from the learning in the classroom.
  • allow for thinking time.
  • allow for regulation and reset.
  • young people with different ways to manage any stress and help develop coping strategies.


  • help children learn negotiation, cooperation, sharing, problem-solving and self-control.
  • practice social skills with peers.
  • develop role- play and creative play.
  • allow for children to experience being flexible in their thought process.
  • to help develop independent skills both in thought and action.


  • young people to extend their ideas, rest, play, think, imagine, exercise and be resourceful.
  • adults and young people to mix and play in an informal environment and strengthen relationships