Soltan Sun Ready launches in time for summer term

Boots UK

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Boots UK is inspiring children to protect their skin this summer and make sun safe habits that last a lifetime with the launch of the Soltan Sun Ready programme. The free sun safety education programme contains curriculum-linked teaching resources for children aged 5 – 14. Through Soltan Sun Ready, Boots UK is providing 1,000 free Explorer Packs to the first registered Primary schools, which include sun cream samples, hats and explorer notebooks. It is also running The BIG Exploration, a nationwide competition encouraging young people to get outside and have fun by searching for the country’s "most prepared adventurous explorer".

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Since 1939, Boots UK has been at the forefront of sun protection development and it is committed to education about sun safety for both children and adults. Soltan Sun Ready resources provide credible and up-to-date information with a clear message from a trusted source. The programme’s objective is to grow the health and wellbeing of the next generation, by tackling the increasing prevalence of malignant melanomas and other skin cancers among young people.

Most children know that sunburn is unpleasant and something to be avoided, but many will be unaware of why it is important to avoid sunburn. According to Boots UK, just one or two cases of severe sunburn during childhood can lead to the development of malignant melanoma.

Soltan Sun Ready resources are free, curriculum-linked and downloadable, including lesson plans, teachers’ guides, student-facing videos and homework activities. Lesson plans are adaptable across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 for classes in Science, PSHE, English and Geography. Taking a fun, creative and engaging approach, the materials are easy to fit into lesson plans and activities include drama role plays, science experiments and writing tasks. In the first year of the programme launch in 2015, 100% of teachers who used Boots’ sun safety learning resources found them useful. 96% of participating teachers said they would use the resources again and 95% would recommend them.

Soltan Sun Ready is also running The BIG Exploration, a competition open to all participating Primary schools. The scheme is all about encouraging children to get active by going outside and exploring the great outdoors. It  gives children aged 5 – 11 the opportunity to use their imagination and think about where they would like to explore, and how they would need to prepare for their adventure to protect themselves from the sun.

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Competition entries are submitted on the Sun Ready website and can be video, photography, written resources or drawings. Closing Wednesday 25th May 2016, entrants can win a special, one-off live event that will bring their winning exploration to life. Winners will be announced on Monday 6th June and the prize day will be held on Wednesday 29th June.

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