Wellbeing is at the forefront of our recovery from the Covid-19 crisis. Every child in our school has had a different experience during this time and as a school we have prioritised what the children will need on their return to school.
Every morning children will be asked to place their name on a feelings chart within their classroom and verbalise their feelings to their teacher. Expanding wellbeing vocabulary is essential in supporting children, as well as staff, to improve their wellbeing.
‘Circles times’ to discuss these feelings, as well as other topics, will be increased to allow children to speak and be heard amongst their peers and staff.
All classes will participate in Run a Mile, and have regular brain breaks from lessons so that they can physically move around and engage with their peers. One afternoon per week will be used for wellbeing time where children will take part in meditation sessions, creative projects, life skills or learning of their choice. All of these activities are used to reduce anxiety, build resilience and support reintegration to the school environment.
Mesne Lea have put the child’s well-being at the centre of our thinking. We acknowledge that the children will have had different experiences during lockdown. However, the common thread running through all is the loss of routine, structure, friendship, opportunity and freedom. These losses can trigger anxiety in any child.
We know that an anxious child is not in a place to learn effectively. So with this in mind, the Teachers and Teaching Assistants have thought about the most effective way to support your child’s ability to learn. This approach will encompass and support the academic expectations for your child and ultimately ensure our children are happy, feel safe and able to be engaged in their learning.