Mental Health & Wellbeing
At Woodstock Primary School our aim is to care for and develop the whole child educationally, emotionally, spiritually, morally and physically. As well as caring for their education we also care for their mental health and wellbeing and feel that it is essential to provide children with information to enable them to make life long, well informed decisions about their diet and health.
LOOKING AFTER OUR EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING AND MENTAL HEALTH
What do we do at Woodstock Primary School to support children’s emotional well-being and mental health?
- Woodstock Primary School is committed to creating a happy, caring and supportive environment. As well as a learning environment, the school ensures there is a positive, supportive and inclusive ethos where children can thrive and achieve their personal best.
- Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is a central to the curriculum across the whole school. PSHE assists pupils to cope with the changes at puberty, introduces them to a wider world, manage transitions and enables them to make an active contribution to their communities. The concepts covered in PSHE include identity, managing feelings and emotions, relationships, change, resilience and being healthy, which includes physical, emotional and social well-being.
- Woodstock Primary School offers Nurture Provision. Children who experience domestic violence, bereavement, anxiety and any other life experiences that may affect their emotional well-being are identified and supported by a fully trained ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) teacher who will offer regular 1:1 or small group nurture support. The school supports the child in their specific needs, meaning the pupil is at the heart of the school focus and their learning is understood developmentally.
- Within the National Curriculum, every child has a minimum of two hours of physical education each week. This is taught by our experienced PE Teacher, Craig McKay who also organises lunchtime sports activities. The majority of pupils attend at least one sport-related after-school club, and many take part in inter-school sporting competitions.
- We promote healthy eating throughout the school. We have children’s garden areas with green house, potting shed and raised growing beds. One area is used by children in the Early Years and the other as part of the curriculum in KS1. Parent volunteers support children working in the garden.The children grow a variety of fruit, vegetables and herbs and when harvested use these in cooking activities.
- To support children’s social and emotional development, and their well-being we offer an extensive range of after-school clubs - all with a view to increasing the range of experiences that children have, enabling them to make informed choices for adult life. Activities are designed to be fun and cater for a wide variety of interests.
- We monitor the wellbeing of our disadvantaged and vulnerable children.The Inclusion Manager is a member of the Senior Leadership Team and meets with children and their parents regularly.All children for whom the school receives Pupil Premium funding, have a Champion who is a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
- We include World Mental Health Day and Mental Health Awareness Week in the school calendar and plan activities for the whole school community.
- The school is committed to gaining a fuller understanding of mental health and supporting the needs of identified children. In December 2018 we were very proud to achieve the national Wellbeing Award.
- All staff are trained in supporting children’s wellbeing; ‘Developing Practices around Mental Health and Wellbeing’ will continue as a school improvement focus for the next academic year.
- As a school, we have and continue to access outside help and support for pupils when required.
The Expert Parent's Guide to Anxiety has been written to support parents in helping children understand, cope and become strengthened by their experiences of anxiety at a young age. To access this guide please click here.