It is our belief at John T. Rice Infant and Nursery school that in order for children to be effective learners they first need to feel safe and secure. Their well being, emotions and relationships need to be supported fully.
From the very first day the children start in Nursery we actively promote wellbeing. Staff work hard to form strong relationships with children and it is from these relationships that deeper understanding of where they fit within the world comes from.
All children in school are taught the Jigsaw scheme and focus upon relationships and understanding the world in which they live. Further to this, children are taught about feelings and emotions and how each different emotion makes the body feel. The children are introduced to the Mood Monsters, which helps them understand and make sense of those different emotions. This supports our Behaviour and Regulation policy.
Each class in school has a recognition board and staff and children are actively encouraged to promote positivity towards each other by explaining why someone should be added to the board.
Every Wednesday, for 15-20mins, the children experience a range of different strategies which help support them in their wellbeing.
1. Breathing - learning how to focus on breathing, its natural rhythm and flow and the way it feels on each inhale and exhale.
2. Outdoors - learning to appreciate the wonders of the world by going outside and being at one with nature.
3. Yoga - taking part in a form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing.
4. Music - listening to music and reacting to it
5. Mark-making / colouring - using creative resources to help pay attention to the present moment.
6. Sensory - using senses to explore different objects.
There are many ways you can support children's wellbeing at home and a few of the useful links are below:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zrwfp4j (How can I talk to my kids about their emotions)
https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/supporting-others/childrens-mental-health/ (Looking after a child's mental health)
Every child has the right to Relationship and health education from autumn 2020. The learning in KS1 within the RHE curriculum is focussed around teaching the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, especially teaching content about friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and with adults.
This starts with pupils being taught about what a relationship is, what friendship is, what family means and who the people are who can support them. From the beginning of primary school, building on early education, pupils should be taught how to take turns, how to treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect, the importance of honesty and truthfulness, permission seeking and giving, and the concept of personal privacy.
Establishing personal space and boundaries, showing respect and understanding the differences between appropriate and inappropriate or unsafe physical, and other, contact.
Respect for others should be taught in an age-appropriate way, in terms of understanding one’s own and others’ boundaries in play, in negotiations about space, toys, books, resources and so on.
From the beginning, teachers talk explicitly about the features of healthy friendships, family relationships and other relationships which young children are likely to encounter. When talking about differences in families we ensure this is done sensitively. We teach children that families of many forms provide a nurturing environment for children. (Families can include for example, single parent families, LGBT parents, families headed by grandparents, adoptive parents, foster parents and carers amongst other structures.)
It is our belief and teaching in school that focuses around developing children's growing ability to form strong and positive relationships with others and it depends on the deliberate cultivation of character traits and positive personal attributes, (sometimes referred to as ‘virtues’) in the individual. At John T. Rice we encourage the development and practice of resilience and other attributes, this includes character traits such as helping pupils to believe they can achieve, persevere with tasks, work towards long-term rewards and continue despite setbacks. Alongside understanding the importance of self-respect and self-worth, pupils develop personal attributes including honesty, integrity, courage, humility, kindness, generosity, trustworthiness and a sense of justice.