Updated January 2021:
Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and were able to enjoy the festive period before entering Tier 4!
As you will be aware, our children’s emotional Well-Being is extremely important to us here at Preston Hedge’s. We want children who are successful, resilient learners but what is equally important to us is that they are healthy and content children, both mentally and physically, who are able to approach any challenge with positivity.
As we are now in our third lockdown, the children’s wellbeing is of our highest priority. Please be aware that although the children are not here with us at school, we are still here for you all and if you have any concerns or worries at all please do not hesitate to contact us.
Our Curriculum at Preston Hedge’s
As part of our Well-Being curriculum, the children take part in Well- Being Wednesday’s where every class across the whole school engages in a short session based around Well-Being. For this term, each year group will be sent a wellbeing activity via tapestry or seesaw every Wednesday. We do not expect your child to spend more than 30 minutes for each activity.
5 Areas of Well-Being
Within Well-Being Wednesdays, we cover the 5 areas of Well-Being:
Connect – Feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world. Teach children to connect with each other; ask someone how they are. Connect with your feelings. Take a genuine interest in other peoples Well-Being. Connect with local businesses, care homes, nurseries, other settings, secondary schools.
Be Active: Physical health has a direct link to mental health. Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Lower paced activities, like walking, have a positive impact on social skills whilst still exercising. Encourage physical activity: walking, jogging, play a new sport, yoga.
Take Notice: Take note of what is happening around us and how our actions and decisions effect others. Take notice of how you feel. Take notice of all of the emotions: how do they make us feel? Signs of emotions? How to get ourselves back to a calm state. Take notice of the environment and others around you.
Keep Learning: Learn something new (outside of our school curriculum) set yourself a goal and be aspirational. Setting goals has been associated with higher levels of Well-Being. Dedicated time to research / learning something new. A New Learning Challenge E.g: Sign language, knitting etc, a new sport.
Give: Participate in community life, help others and have a positive impact on your community. Link to a charity or environmental projects. Not just raising money; give your time, your understanding, your awareness. How can you give back to community?
Each term, we will focus on one of our 5 areas.
Last term – Connect
Last term, despite the restrictions, we were still able to connect with ourselves, each other and the wider community. Year 2, in particular, really gave 100% to this Wellbeing area and I wanted to share with you all the fantastic work they did! They decided to connect with the residents at a care home and created their own ‘Wellbeing connect project’. This included making Christmas cards, salt dough decorations and a hand print wreath for the residents. They also recorded themselves singing Christmas songs which they sent to the care home. We had some lovely responses from the care home to say thank you, so I think the children made some very vulnerable people extremely happy in these tough, uncertain times. Well done, Year 2!!
Year 2 were also asked to take part in a Community project where they created a Nativity Scene as part of Wootton’s outside advent calendar. What a fab job they did!
Across the rest of the school, we took part in activities such as ‘Friendship speed dating’, where the children got to know each other better, ‘Mr and Mrs’ style quizzes where their listening skills were tested, and we also connected with our bodies by looking at how to keep them healthy through what we eat and how we move!
This term – Keep Learning
This term, each year group will be learning a new skill as either a part of an ongoing project or leading to an end product! This of course will be achieved remotely via Seesaw and tapestry! Please see below for which skill each year group will be learning;
Reception – Capoiera
Year 1 – Sign Language
Year 2 – Bird Watching
Year 3 – Origami
Year 4 – Touch typing
Year 5 – Irish dancing
Year 6 – Independent skill
Our Wellbeing Curriculum
Due to the new lockdown, wellbeing champions will be put on hold until further notice.
Wellbeing Honour’s Board
As mentioned in my assembly, I will be sending you a prerecorded wellbeing assembly to access via seesaw, fortnightly. During the assembly, I will be showcasing pictures and videos of the children’s Wellbeing seesaw work, so please ensure your child is still taking part in their new skill and updating their teacher with their progress!
Wellbeing in School
If your child is still in school due to having a key worker parent, please be assured that their wellbeing continues to be of our highest priority. The children will still have access to a feelings check in, worry box and of course can speak to myself, Mrs Kendall or their class teacher.
Wellbeing at home
As most of you will now be experiencing home learning again, please know that we are still here for you. Each class teacher will be having a zoom catch up every morning with their class where the children can address any worries they may have, or just to have a catch up and say hi! If you or your child have any concerns at all please let us know either via Seesaw, tapestry or through the ladies in the school office.
The Wellbeing Team – Mrs Kendall and Miss McDowell
As always, our metaphorical door is always open so if you have any concerns or questions about your child please send an email to the office and we will endeavor to get back to you as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s Wellbeing, please do not hesitate to contact me.