At Grimoldby Primary School the wellbeing of our children is paramount. We believe that the mental health and wellbeing of our children is critical to success in school and in life. Children learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are addressed.
Every class provides a wide range of activities that help to promote emotional health and mental wellbeing. These include worry boxes, 'calm corners', circle times, class assemblies and stories around wellbeing. We also promote mental health and wellbeing through our PE sessions and every class takes part in the Daily Mile.
Wellbeing is also promoted through our weekly PSHE lessons. Within school, we follow the Jigsaw PSHE scheme of work. Every half term each class focuses on a different theme shown below.
Autumn 1: Being Me in My World
Autumn 2: Celebrating Difference
Spring 1: Dreams and Goals
Spring 2: Healthy Me
Summer 1: Relationships
Summer 2: Changing Me
This scheme has a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. It also includes mindfulness sessions allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.
Where children require a more targeted approach to support their wellbeing we have staff trained in the following;
Circle of Friends
Counselling Skills Level 2
Bereavement, Grief and Loss
We have a school Family Support Worker who will liaise with class teachers about children's wellbeing. She is available to support children in a range of ways including emotional and social inclusion support and can sign post to support groups for families. We also have an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA). ELSA's are trained to deliver individualised support programmes to meet the emotional needs of children.
Support for children
Click on the links below to find online activities and support.
Support for parents/Carers
Mentally Healthy Schools Toolkits
These toolkits are full of free resources and tips for school staff, parents and carers to help address anxiety arising from Coronavirus.
SPACE (Supporting Parents and Children Emotionally) have created a series of factsheets, designed to offer some support and strategies in response to COVID-19.
Resources to support with bedtime routines
The documents below offer resources, advice and 'top tips' to support bedtime routines.