Children's Mental Health & Wellbeing

We are keen to ensure emotional wellbeing remains high profile in our school and we are working towards reducing the stigma around mental health. The children take part in a number of activities to help promote good wellbeing and mental health including:

  • PATHS - We deliver the PATHS programme across school which aims to develop children’s understanding of how to manage their emotions and deal with difficult situations.
  • Each class from Reception to Year 6 chooses a PATHS pupil of the day and every child will get a turn at this. The purpose is to provide children with the opportunity to give and receive compliments.
  • Peace Pals spend time on both the KS1 and KS2 playground at lunchtime to encourage children to play together nicely and to talk to children who are feeling sad or lonely.
  • We have a counsellor in school who delivers 1:1 sessions as and when appropriate.
  • A staff member in school is trained to deliver ‘Drawing and Talking’ which is 1:1 child-centred therapy focusing on prevention, early intervention and recovery of mental health issues. More staff will be trained to deliver this in Autumn 2019.
  • Group sessions are regularly run in the Star room to help children manage their feelings.
  • We have theme weeks such as ‘Children’s Mental Health week’ which took place in February 2019. Every class in school took part in a yoga session and children also designed posters to help raise awareness of mental health.
  • Assemblies are regularly linked to mental health.
  • Each classroom has a feelings/worry board so that children can discretely let teachers know if they are feeling low.
  • Our school nurse delivers sessions to different year groups on managing feelings and developing friendships.
  • Friendship stops have been installed in all playgrounds so children know where to go if they are feeling lonely.
  • Year 4 are taking part in weekly yoga sessions during the Summer term. We are hoping that more year groups will be able to take part in sessions next year.
  • Year 5 take part in the Boost programme which aims to develop positive wellbeing and emotional resilience.
  • Children are encouraged to use SMILERS which is an acronym for 7 steps to wellbeing. Every classroom has a SMILERS poster on the wall – please see ‘Tips on looking after your mental health’ for more information.

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