Pupils brush their way to success

(l-r) Anein Aneese, Nokutenda Makuni, Tehya Birch and Eddie Obrams. ''Pupils from The Brambles Nursery School and Children's Centre & Goldsmith Infant School have been awarded with Brush Up first prize in the city from Portsmouth Dental Academy from their  'Bush up' Daily Tooth brushing Programme.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150612-244)
(l-r) Anein Aneese, Nokutenda Makuni, Tehya Birch and Eddie Obrams. ''Pupils from The Brambles Nursery School and Children's Centre & Goldsmith Infant School have been awarded with Brush Up first prize in the city from Portsmouth Dental Academy from their 'Bush up' Daily Tooth brushing Programme.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150612-244)
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PEARLY white smiles are on display after a school was recognised for its teeth cleaning lessons.

Pupils at the Brambles Nursery School & Children’s Centre and Goldsmith Infant School were selected to receive first prize in Portsmouth Dental Academy’s Brush Up Programme.

The scheme, which is taking place in 15 schools throughout the city, teaches children to brush their teeth properly.

Early years foundation stage leader Sarah Chalmers said: ‘We are delighted that we were awarded with first prize after all that we have done to carry out exemplary toothbrushing.’

The school and nursery have been taking part in the programme for three years and they have found that it has helped the children learn how to brush their teeth properly.

‘We continue to take part in the scheme as it promotes healthy life skills,’ said Mrs Chalmers.

‘Parents have also told us that it helps them at home and children are improving their toothbrushing technique.’

To make teeth cleaning fun, for the youngsters the school have come up with activities for children to do while they brush.

Mrs Chalmers said: ‘The children all brush together in Goldsmiths whereas in Brambles it is done in groups but while they are brushing they all sing a toothbrushing song.

‘We also have a Brush bus which the children put their toothbrushing in so that they can find them the next time.’

The Brush Up Programme funds new toothbrushes every term for children around the age of four.

‘We have extended the programme to include older years as we think it is important for them to continue to learn,’ said Mrs Chalmers.

The funding gives teachers at the schools the chance to learn from the Dental Academy’s staff and students.

Outreach administrator at the academy Gemma Potts said: ‘The programme is funded by Portsmouth City Council and gives us a chance to engage with students about their health. It is important to teach children in school when they are young as they will be more willing to develop the healthy lifetime habit.’