Aims of topic:
Improve pupil emotional wellbeing and attendance at school.
Pupils to articulate what mental health is.
To improve pupil understanding of sleep, diet and exercise
Year 1 and 2 – happiness
Year 1 and 2 have been hatching chicks, learning how to look after them and keeping them safe and happy.
Year 1 and 2 have enjoyed Yoga Bugs this term.
Year 3, 4 and 5 – our mindfulness journey
|Year 3,4 and 5 have been learning a range of meditation techniques.|
Year 6 – togetherness
Quote from parents:
” Isabelle has talked a lot about doing nice things for people and has helped tidy the living room and laid the table for dinner and a few other things that she said she was doing to make me happy. Lovely for her to understand a bit more the importance of making others happy.”
“Oscar has talked about yoga and making sure people are happy. He has been lovely at home, trying to be helpful and kinder to his sister, family have commented too. I think he’s enjoyed the topic.”
“Jack has absolutely loved this half-term. He has definitely benefitted mentally and physically from being outside in the fresh air and has been made more aware of what he is eating. Teamwork has been much better and he has enjoyed the feeling of working together towards an end goal.”
“I have noticed that Danny’s attitude towards school has changed since starting back – it is a lot more positive.”
“We’ve noticed that Bella is taking more of an interest in a healthy and balanced diet. Always good when this message comes from someone other than parents!”
Pupil Voice with Mr Torr and Mrs Opacic, our wellbeing governors
Does school encourage you to look after your physical health and, if so, how?
After a little prompting as well as mentioning PE lessons they were able to list a number of sports clubs and after school activities organised by Mr. Peach which involved physical effort. All of the children had at sometime taken part in one or more of these activities and most still did so.
Reference was also made to the fact that the kitchen staff promoted healthy eating by such initiatives as “Eatwell Plate” and “Eatwell Picnic”.
Does school encourage you to look after your wellbeing/mental health?
With very little prompting the children were able to give an age-appropriate definition of wellbeing relating to their feeling happy both about themselves and with their situation; being healthy and feeling comfortable to be in safe places.
They were aware that they could approach the Child and Family Wellbeing Leaderss if they felt upset or wanted to talk to someone about anything and that they would be listened to and given help and re-assurance.
Outdoor Learning and Forest school were mentioned as providing opportunities for relaxing, team building, time for reflection, building self-confidence. They were both popular activities amongst the group who liked the opportunity to learn in a different environment.
Why is it important to have good attendance?
- “You learn more and so can get a better job.”
- “Know more stuff.”
- “Lucky to get an education.”
- “Missing out on things if you don’t come to school.”
The above responses adequately showed that the children realised the link between good attendance and doing well at school.