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Sun Safety


At Wyton on the Hill Primary, we want staff and pupils to enjoy the summer sun when it finally arrives. However, we believe that schools have a central role in protecting children’s skin for a number of reasons:

  • Children are at school five out of seven days a week at times when UV rays are high
  • Most damage due to sun exposure occurs during school years
  • Schools can play a significant role in changing behaviours through role modelling and education
  • Pupils and teachers are at risk of sunburn within 10-15 minutes of being exposed to strong sunlight – most break times are at least that long
  • Pupils spend an average of 1.5 hours outside per day, more if involved in sports or outdoor activities.
  • Research has shown that sun exposure in the first 15 years of life contributes significantly to the lifetime risk of skin cancer.

This is why every year, we work with staff, pupils and parents to promote SunSmart behaviour and raise awareness of the risks posed by too much sun. We do this in the following ways:

A SunSmart Curriculum
Often, the best way to protect children is to help them take a reasonable level of interest and responsibility for keeping themselves safe. Our curriculum does this by ensuring that:

  • Sun safety is included in the Personal Development scheme of work for all age groups
  • We talk about how to be SunSmart with all pupils in assemblies every year during the summer term.
  • SunSmart assemblies are followed up with age-appropriate, cross-curricular activity sessions to help our children remember the key messages about sun safety which we make memorable with the following ‘motto’: ‘Wrap, Splat and Hat!’
  • Wrap – Children are reminded that they should cover up with light clothing if they are going to be spending longer than 10-15 minutes outside
  • Splat – Children are reminded of the importance of applying SPF 15+ sun cream and drinking plenty of water if they are out in the sun
  • Hat - Children are reminded of the need to wear a hat for all outdoor activities in the summer term to prevent sunstroke

Risk Reduction Measures
  • Shade - children are encouraged to sit in the shade in the playground and field on hot days and are requested to do this when staff notice that individuals have not sought shade for a while or look hot.

Sun shades (natural and man-made) are available for children to sit under.
The availability of shade is considered when planning excursions and all outdoor activities.

  • Indoor alternatives – on days when the sun is particularly fierce or temperatures very high, the Senior Leadership Team will ask staff supervising break times to reduce the amount of time spent outside by bringing children inside to play with friends for the remainder of the break time.
  • Access to water – children are encouraged to take water bottles with them wherever they go during the summer term so that they do not become dehydrated. so that they do not become dehydrated.
  • Sun cream – members of staff remind children to re-apply sun cream before outdoor break times
Role modelling
Members of staff are encouraged to act as role models by:

  • Wearing protective hats and clothing when outside
  • Applying SPF 15+ sunscreen
  • Seeking shade whenever possible / appropriate

The following web links will provide further useful information for parents and carers:

Wyton on the Hill Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
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