What is well-being and why is it so important?
The Department for Education (DfE) recognises that “in order to help their pupils succeed, schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy”. Here at Saltford C of E Primary School we embrace a whole school approach where all staff value and recognise the need to promote positive mental health and well-being in every child and adult. We place great importance on developing the whole child academically, socially and emotionally. The skills needed throughout life can be taught and learnt at any age; all aspects of a child’s experience in and out of school contribute to their personal and social development and we feel that it is essential that we share this role with parents, carers and families.
Who are the well-being team?
- Miss Natalie Jupp/Miss Gemma Donovan – PSHE Leads
- Mrs Gemma Godwin – Inclusion Lead/SENCO
- Mr Jake Bowkett and Mrs Melissa Brook – PE/Health and Well-being Leads
- Miss Sarah Harding – Pastoral teaching assistant
All of the staff at Saltford C of E Primary School play a fundamental role in the well-being of our pupils and their families.
How do we provide well-being support at Saltford C of E Primary School?
- Well-being team helps to co-ordinate well-being activities and resources accessible for both pupils and staff.
- Signposting pupils and families to appropriate support, agencies and professionals outside of school.
- Access to Thrive assessment and intervention: we are a Thrive school with a Thrive licensed practitioner (Mrs Gemma Godwin.) For more information about Thrive, see our parents' information leaflet.
- Individual work and group interventions for pupils around issues such as;
- anger management
- family breakdowns
- social communication
- Designated space for Nurture activities.
- Staff training on mental health, safeguarding and protecting vulnerable children.
Saltford has a proactive approach to supporting our children and their families, including:
- A team of trained Safeguarding Leads and a Safeguarding Governor
- A Nurture Room
- One-to-one teaching assistants who support specific, emotionally vulnerable children
- Small group interventions for groups to develop social skills, self-esteem and emotional literacy
- PSHE Scheme that promotes a ‘mindfulness’ approach to lessons
- Whole school assembly themes to promote and support SEMH (Social Emotional Mental Health)
- Personal and social education lessons and circle time sessions in all year groups
- Annual workshops, events and assemblies run by NSPCC and other outside agencies
- A comprehensive range of health and sporting activities across the curriculum and in after-school clubs.
During the current school closure, it is important to think about our children's well-being as well as their education. Here are some links to ideas and activities that can help children to stay positive and feel good during their time away from school
We are a Thrive school - if you would like to learn more about Thrive and how it can support your child's well-being during school closure, Thrive are currently offering a free online toolkit to parents. The parent toolkit provides:
• Information and an animation explaining the different, age-related stages of a child’s social and emotional development
• Short films showing two families sharing the impact this knowledge of Thrive has had on them
• Hints and tips for looking after yourselves
• Carefully selected, age-appropriate strategies and activities for you to try with your children at home
• A facility for you to expand and personalise the toolkit for you and your children.
If you would like to sign up for the Thrive parents' toolkit, click here.
Try this 14 day mindfulness challenge.
The Scouts have published 100 ideas for enjoying the great indoors.
The BBC has some great ideas for enjoying your garden.
Why not try some mindfulness activities with Cosmic Kids Zen Den?
A family games night could be a way to have some fun and let off steam.
Origami can be an absorbing and stimulating activity.
This document contains advice and signposting to local services to support mental health during school closure.
NSPCC: advice and support for parents and carers. Tips and advice for parents working from home or supporting children with anxiety due to coronavirus.
Children's mental health charity Place2Be have published advice on looking after your family's mental health during self isolation.
Click here for a well-being booklet packed with activities to promote positive mental health.
The charity Happy Space has a free downloadable booklet for pupils aged 7-12 full of tips and ideas for looking after mental health during lockdown.
Mentally Healthy Schools have published this feelings tracker to help your child understand and express their feelings.
Resources to support return to school
We are very much looking forward to welcoming the children back to school on Monday 8th March. The coronavirus pandemic has upended our normal way of life. After this period of lockdown, understandably, the return to school may be an anxious or difficult time for some children and parents.
If your child is anxious about the return to school, click here to see some tips and guidance for parents, to help support children’s transition back to school.
The coronavirus lockdown has meant that children have spent a significantly increased amount of time with their families. Some may be finding it hard to adapt to being away from their families and homes again while they are at school. Click here to see some guidance on managing separation anxiety.
Sleep is the best meditation
Getting enough sleep is vitally important. Many effects of a lack of sleep, such as feeling grumpy and not working at your best, are well known, but research also shows that regular poor sleep can put you at risk of serious medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes – and it shortens your life expectancy.
It's now clear that a solid night's sleep is essential for a long and healthy life.
Below are the NHS sleep recommendations for primary age children:
4 years: 11 hours 30 minutes
5 years: 11 hours
6 years: 10 hours 45 minutes
7 years: 10 hours 30 minutes
8 years: 10 hours 15 minutes
9 years: 10 hours
10 years: 9 hours 45 minutes
11 years: 9 hours 30 minutes
Click on the images below to link to useful websites for advice about sleep.
A healthy outside starts from the inside
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best.
This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
For information on eating healthily, click on the images below.
Play or exercise? A child's body doesn't know the difference
Children need to be active for 60 minutes a day. Sports and active hobbies are a great way to get some exercise — they don't need to take up a lot of time or money. Exercise helps to maintain a healthy mind as well as a healthy body.
Click on the images below for links to great ideas about how to get fit and have fun.
Healthy inside and out
Understanding how to look after our bodies and minds is crucial for our wellbeing. In the UK, 1 in 9 children aged 5-15 experience mental health difficulties. These can include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.
In this section, you will find a links to resources to support positive mental health, as well as information about common mental health difficulties and links to sources of advice and support.
Click here for a list of apps and websites to support emotional well-being.
Signs to look out for in your child are:
- finding it hard to concentrate
- not sleeping, or waking in the night with bad dreams
- not eating properly
- quickly getting angry or irritable, and being out of control during outbursts
- constantly worrying or having negative thoughts
- feeling tense and fidgety, or using the toilet often
- always crying
- being clingy
- complaining of tummy aches and feeling unwell
- sadness, or a low mood that doesn't go away
- being irritable or grumpy all the time
- not being interested in things they used to enjoy
- feeling tired and exhausted a lot of the time
Your child may also:
- have trouble sleeping or sleep more than usual
- not be able to concentrate
- interact less with friends and family
- be indecisive
- not have much confidence
- eat less than usual or overeat
- have big changes in weight
- seem unable to relax or be more lethargic than usual
- talk about feeling guilty or worthless
- feel empty or unable to feel emotions (numb)
- have thoughts about suicide or self-harming
- actually self-harm, for example, cutting their skin or taking on overdose