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Chester’s Challenge


This targeted 3 week Programme, revised in Summer 2017, is aimed at children in P5. It comprises three workshops: the Chester’s Challenge Workbook, and a series of leaflets that are given to pupils to take home and share with their parents to reinforce learning.  The three fun and interactive workshops are: Eat Your Way to Health, Physical Activity and the Heart, and Chester and Heartley’s Jungle Challenge.

Stamp out Smoking is the fourth Workshop within the Chester Programme, which is delivered to children in P6 or P7 .

The Programme not only supports the implementation of healthy living education in Primary Schools but also links directly with the Key Stage 2 curriculum; including:

  • ‘The World Around Us’
  • Maths (for example working out amounts of salt and fat on food labels)
  • ‘Thinking, Skills, and Personal Capabilities’ – gives opportunities to collaborate and cooperate and to problem solve
  • ‘Personal Development and Mutual Understanding’ topics
  • The Eco-School Programme
  • Literacy – activities in workbook, for example story boarding
  • Art – for example designing a poster highlighting healthy living

We target extended schools which are in areas of greater need and where pupils have a higher risk of becoming unwell in the future.

Our independent evaluation of the programme has reported many benefits of this programme for both the children and schools.

What Teachers say…

“The Chester Workshops links well to the P5 School Curriculum. The first topic studied in P5 each year is Wonderful Me which looks at the body and covers healthy eating, need for exercise, organs and their function etc, so it ties in really well with this topic. Through the Wonderful Me topic we design a healthy dinner menu, measure our heart rate before and after different exercises in PE, and we look at the damage sugary drinks has on our teeth. These topics are all covered in the Chester Workshops, and are a good way to reinforce learning for the children”.

Taughmonagh Primary School, P5 Class Teacher

“Chester’s health and wellbeing programme is a pupil friendly interactive course which is invaluable in helping schools promote the importance of making healthy choices early in life and improving their general health and fitness through manageable goals each week relating to exercise and eating habits. It also raises the awareness of some of the health consequences which can result later in life and equips pupils with the knowledge of what to do in certain situations”.

Taughmonagh Primary School, P5 Class Teacher

“Having worked with the Chester Challenge team for a number of years now, they work to enthuse the children about healthy living through informative and fun activities”.

P5 Teacher, Holy Cross Girls Primary School

What Pupils say…

We asked the pupils what they thought of Chester’s Challenge:

  • “Not just sitting and learning, but doing and learning”
  • “We could all join in.”
  • “We shouldn’t eat any more than one piece/bar of chocolate a day.”
  • “We should get 60 minutes per day of exercise.”
  • “Chester teaches us smoking is really bad for you.”



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