OUR WELLBEING PROVISION
Our PSHE Curriculum
It is a statutory part of the National Curriculum to teach children about the following:
a) that mental wellbeing is a normal part of daily life, in the same way as physical health.
b) that there is a normal range of emotions (e.g. happiness, sadness, anger, fear, surprise, nervousness) and scale of emotions that all humans experience in relation to different experiences and situations.
c) how to recognise and talk about their emotions, including having a varied vocabulary of words to use when talking about their own and others’ feelings.
d) how to judge whether what they are feeling and how they are behaving is appropriate and proportionate
e) the benefits of physical exercise, time outdoors, community participation, voluntary and service based activity on mental wellbeing and happiness
f) simple self care techniques, including the importance of rest, time spent with friends and family and the benefits of hobbies and interests
g) isolation and loneliness can affect children and that it is very important for children to discuss their feelings with an adult and seek support
h) that bullying (including cyberbullying) has a negative and often lasting impact on mental wellbeing
i) where and how to seek support (including recognising the triggers for seeking support), including whom in school they should speak to if they are worried about their own or someone else’s mental wellbeing or ability to control their emotions (including issues arising online)
j) it is common for people to experience mental ill health For many people who do, the problems can be resolved if the right support is made available, especially if accessed early enough
All year groups progressively cover aspects of this during their PSHE lessons.
Our children regularly complete age-appropriate wellbeing questionnaires in order for us to track their wellbeing and identify any needs.
The questions cover the following areas: Relationships, Meaning and Purpose, Resilience, Personal Autonomy, Vitality, Optimism, Thoughts and Feelings, Life Satisfaction.
See here for more information: http://www.rainowpri.cheshire.sch.uk/page/our-wellbeing-days/130168
Our staff have been trained on using this approach with our pupils.
More information can be found here: http://www.rainowpri.cheshire.sch.uk/page/emotion-coaching/130221
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ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support)
We have an ELSA-trained member of staff who delivers personalised sessions to identified children. This could be in small groups or individually.
Yoga sessions are offered to identified children as part of our wellbeing provision.
Mental Health First Aid
Mrs Eddie is a trained Youth Mental Health First Aider. The MHFA training covers the following areas:
- An in-depth understanding of young people’s mental health and factors that affect wellbeing
- Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
- Confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress
- Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
- Knowledge to help a young person recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s through self-help sites, their place of learning, the NHS, or a mix – engaging with parents, carers and external agencies where appropriate
- Ability to support a young person with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive