Updated May 2021:
Our children’s emotional wellbeing 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.
Our Curriculum at Preston Hedge’s
Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing forms an important part of the new Relationships Education curriculum and the children learn about this curriculum when they take part in Wellbeing Wednesdays. On these sessions, every class across the whole school engages in a short session based around Wellbeing or Physical Health and Relationships. This ensures that our children are able to:
- Make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing.
- Recognise issues in themselves.
- Recognise issue in others.
- Seek support as early as possible when issues arise.
By the time our children finish Preston Hedge’s, they will have been taught about the following:
- Mental wellbeing.
- Internet safety and harms.
- Physical health and fitness.
- Healthy eating.
- Facts about drugs, alcohol and drugs and the risks
associated with them.
- Health and prevention of illness.
- Basic first aid.
- Changes to the adolescent body.
We focus our Wellbeing curriculum around the following 5 areas of Wellbeing:
5 Areas of Wellbeing
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.
This term – Give
This term – Give
This term our Way to Wellbeing is ‘Give’. As a part of this, each phase or year group have chosen a charity or organisation to work with and support. The children will be brain storming ideas for how they can help and support others and driving their own projects to become caring members of the community. This will enable the children to gain an understanding of caring for others and the environment. We are looking forward to exploring different, exciting ways to have a positive impact on our world!
Phase 1 – Animals in Need
Year 2 – Collingtree Care Home
Year 3 – Busy Bees Nursery
Year 4 – Richmond Village Care Home
Year 5 – The Children’s Ward at Northampton Hospital
Year 6 – A gardening project to help our environment.
Unfortunately, due to the current situation, we are going to postpone Wellbeing Champions until September 2021. I apologise for any disappointment this may cause.
Wellbeing in School
As always, children 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.
In addition to Well-Being Wednesday’s, we run a Well-Being lunchtime club every day. Due to the current social distancing restrictions, each year group bubble has been allocated a day where the club will be open to them. Please see the time table below.
|Y1 1-1:30||Y2 12:30-1||Y3 12-12:30||Y4 12-12:30||Y5 12:30 – 1pm
This club is a chance for your child to talk to adults about anything that is on their mind, but also to relax and socialise on a calmer level. The club is run by Mrs Kendall, our pastoral leader and is open to all children that feel they need it. Children will only be able to attend if it has been previously agreed with their class teacher. Children chosen to attend the club will be down to teacher’s discretion. If you think your child would benefit from visiting the lunchtime club, please feel free to send an email to the office who will pass your concerns onto me and your child’s class teacher.
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 endeavour 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.