We start each half term with our Healthy: Inside and Out days. We use the Mindmate resource which is an emotional literacy curriculum designed to support class-based discussions and learning around mental health and wellbeing. The lessons promote key skills such as self- awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills. Here are some examples of lessons throughout school.
Reception learnt about different words to describe feelings. They talked about how it feels to try something new and discovered what it means to have a growth mindset.
Through drawing, Reception explored and described their feelings. They talked about different ways to show feelings and decided if it was acceptable or not. They thought carefully about what activities can help us to feel happy and calm. They enjoyed sharing toys and playing together.
Year 1 are learning to recognise what is fair, unfair, right and wrong. They acted out little scenarios and talked about when someone was being unkind.
Year 2 are beginning to understand empathy. They explored how their friends may have different feelings to them.
Year 3 explored what it means to be unique, through a story called Only One You by Linda Kranz. They designed their own unique fish.
Plastic Bottle Island, provided the stimulus for thinking about what it means to live in a healthy world.
Year 4 explored emotions and placed them on a scale. Through a story they discovered how emotions can change. They provided advice by taking on the role of an Agony Aunt.
The children explored different ways to support friends when things go wrong. They used role play to act out scenarios where there were conflicts and explored how to resolve them using restorative justice.
Year 6 are developing a deeper understanding of emotional wellbeing. They are extending their vocabulary around emotions in order to be able to explain the range and intensity of their feelings to others.