Updated January 2020:
Our ambition for Well-being
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.
Parents’ Well-Being Survey Feedback.
Please find below the results of our Well-Being Survey and our leadership response. We will be providing responses to individual points raised before the end of November.
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 every week in the afternoon. These sessions will cover objectives from our Well-Being curriculum, from exploring feelings and how to cope with them in Reception and Year 1, to acknowledging the effect of our choices on ourselves and others in Year 6. Already the children have taken part in many exciting activities within Well-Being Wednesdays, such as using mirrors in Year 1 to explore what different emotions look like, finding our happy place in Year 3, creating a ‘What went well’ book in Year 4, and letting our worries go in balloons in Year 5! In addition to our Well-Being sessions, the children will also attend a Well-Being assembly every fortnight, delivered by Miss McDowell, our Well-Being leader.
5 Areas of Well-Being
Within Well-Being Wednesdays, we will be covering 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. Our area of focus for term 3 is Keep Learning.
This term, for ‘Keep Learning’, each year group will be learning a new skill.
Reception – Kapawera
Year 1 – Sign language
Year 2 – Chinese writing
Year 3 – Drumming
Year 4 – First Aid
Year 5 – Yo-yo
Year 6 – Origami
Our Well-Being Curriculum
In addition to Well-Being Wednesday’s, we will be running a Well-Being lunchtime club every day from 12:30 – 13:30. This club will be a chance for your child to drop in and talk to adults about anything that is on their mind, but also to relax and socialise on a calmer level. Our first week of launching saw children from every class access the club where they could chill quietly and reflect or talk through issues with an adult. If you think your child would benefit from visiting the lunchtime club, please feel free to talk to myself or your child’s class teacher.
We are now in the process of creating a Well-being garden outside of the Year 2 classrooms, ready for Spring! The garden will be a place where children can relax and feel calm at playtime, with access to books, seating areas and an adult to talk to!
Next term, we will be introducing a new team of ‘Wellbeing Champions’! If your child is chosen to be a wellbeing champion, they will be given a playground duty one day a week where they are available to help children who are having any playtime or friendship issues. They will also help Mrs Kendall at Lunchtime club and will be role models to the rest of the school for having a positive, caring attitude. Our wellbeing champions will wear badges stating their role so that other children can recognise them. The children have been told about the Wellbeing Champions and have put their names forward. Those children chosen will be announced on Friday 24th January, ready to begin on our first day back after half term!
Dates for your diaries
13th February – Wellbeing drop in session for parents 2:45pm
This will be an opportunity for you to come in and speak to a member of the Wellbeing Team about any concerns or questions you may have. I would greatly encourage anyone who disagreed with the statements in our Parent Wellbeing survey to attend this session so that we can clear up any concerns.
4th March – Healthy eating cooking classes at Pineham Barns
Before Christmas, Chloe Turner, a member of the NHS, came in and delivered Healthy Eating drop in sessions for all parents. After half term, she will be returning to deliver a 5 week course of Healthy Eating Workshops. These will start on Wednesday 4th March and continue until Easter. They will be on a Wednesday from 1-3pm and will involve you and your child/ren. The sessions will happen at Pineham Barns Primary School where there is better access to cooking facilities. The sessions will look at how to cope with fussy eaters, weight issues and will of course include some yummy dishes to take home with you! If you are interested in this course, please express your interest at the school office.