Here at the Firs Primary School we believe the emotional and mental health of our children is imperative. Therefore, we are embarking on a process for a Wellbeing Award for Schools. Aiming for this award does not mean it is one of our areas for development, but rather that we recognise the constant change of Wellbeing and want to improve further to support all of our staff, children and wider community here at The Firs.
There are key principles and objectives regarding emotional Wellbeing that we are going to be focusing on for this award;
We have been implementing many new strategies so far on our journey. The Early Years Foundation Stage have started a Mindset Monday, talking about different strategies and vocabulary to keep our brains healthy and happy. They take a different element each week discuss through stories, activities and yoga. Key Stage 1 have implemented a mood peg system, where children can confidentially move a chosen picture if they feel upset or worried. Both Key Stage 1 and 2 have devised clubs to support children in making new friends and building up their self-esteem. The Wellbeing Team have undertaken many discussions on ways to promote staff and people in the community’s wellbeing and we have had some fantastic suggestions from parents as well.
The staff, children and parents have undertaken completing questionnaires to allow the opportunity to express their thoughts and opinions on The Firs’ approach to wellbeing. Thank you to those who have completed these questionnaires. It helps us to build an insight on our areas of strength and equally as important provides us with our next steps for developing further.