Better Sleep for Brighter Learning

Sleep Challenge winners Keely from Year 3 (left) with Daisy from Reception with teacher Hannah Beech. The third winner selected is Benjie from Year 5 (not pictured)

A sleep challenge has encouraged children to get into a regular bedtime routine to make sure they are raring to go the next day.

The initiative at Newington Community Junior School in Ramsgate is paying dividends as pupils and their families follow the bath, book and bed evening pathway.

For teacher Hannah Beech, who leads on teaching and learning, the six-week challenge is vitally important. She said:

“It encourages children and their families to get into a good routine.

In particular this includes no electrical and blue light stimulus before bedtime from television, computers and tablets as these are not calming for the mind.

The ethos of the challenge is that sleep is very important and has a huge impact on physical and mental well-being; and we have noticed that it has been effective.”

Each pupil had a tick sheet to show that they followed the routine over six weeks and at the end of the process three names were randomly drawn from all those who took part – they received bedtime sets including duvet, book and pyjamas.

Fond Farewell to Popular Teacher

The challenge also marked the last major event of Mrs Beech’s ten-year career at Newington as she is leaving to take up a deputy headship at another local primary school.

She joined the staff as a newly qualified teacher after graduating from Christ Church Canterbury University. She said:

“It has been my absolute privilege to develop my career with such a professional and supportive team of teachers and other staff.

It really is one big family at Newington and it has been terrific to be part of the school’s continual progress and development. I really have learnt so very much.

I have been driven and challenged by the ever-expanding ambitions of the school.

It has been a joy working with the children and their families. Pupils have asked me why I am going if I am so happy here and that is a tough question – but I remind them of the school motto Ambition Achievement Aspiration and it helps them understand.”

Head Teacher Cliff Stokes said:

“We are all very proud of Hannah’s achievements in her time with us. She is a terrific teacher and a brilliant colleague and friend. She has been an integral part of our ongoing success during the last decade and I know she will go on to great things.”

Thank you, Newington Community Primary School for sending us your good news story. We are delighted that Mrs Beech has taught you the importance of a bedtime routine. One of our favourite times of day is bedtime! Isn’t it lovely to snuggle down in your bed all nice and cosy and have a bed-time story read to you? It’s even better if you’ve remembered to have a bath and brush your teeth first! 

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish Mrs Beech the very best of luck in her new role! What an exciting opportunity and step in the career ladder. We are very grateful for all of the support you have given our community and for every child you have inspired so far on your journey, we know there will be many more!