Our Whole School Approach
Our subsidised Primary School Emotional Wellbeing Programme is accessible to all – it is not selective nor is it focussed on particular children who may already be struggling with their mental and emotional wellbeing.
Instead, we embrace a whole school approach so the same strategies and language are used by all staff members throughout the school. This consistency of approach helps to create a secure framework for children and serves to fully embed the learning.
The Making Me Emotional Wellbeing Programme focuses on equipping schools with the resources to support the children in their care.
By embracing this pro-active approach to understanding emotions and developing positive strategies to support mental wellbeing, children are better able to access learning and thereby prevent the limitation of future opportunities. Fostering a ‘by me’ rather than a ‘to me’ or ‘at me’ mentality, also allows children to take ownership for their mental and emotional wellbeing, which in turn helps to prevent the development of long-term mental health difficulties.
In the Primary School Emotional Wellbeing Programme, the children learn:
- To understand how we look after our feelings and how to communicate their emotional wellbeing.
- A range of different feelings through our stories where they are encouraged to discuss their own experience of each feeling and to reflect on the value and practice of being calm through a short mindfulness exercise.
- The value of practising resilience when we find things tricky through our upbeat workshops. The children are also encouraged to acknowledge their strengths and weaknesses and to recognise that it is OK to be themselves.