Mental Health and Wellbeing
At Cedar Road Primary School we are committed to promoting and encouraging the mental health and well-being of our children. We are currently taking part in the accredited TaMHS programme (Northamptonshire Targeted Mental Health in Schools), which is a coordinated multi-agency programme for building the capacity in schools to approach, teach and deliver lessons and interventions, to better meet the mental health needs of all children. During these unsettling times, it is paramount that we equip our children with the skills to express their thoughts, feelings and emotions and more importantly have strategies to cope with them effectively. Supporting children with their emotional well-being will lead to a positive impact on their social interactions, emotional understanding and academic achievement.
“When our little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it’s our job to share our calm not join their chaos”
We use the Jigsaw PHSE scheme through the School and these allow children time to talk and listen to each other. The scheme has a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, Jigsaw 3-11 properly equips schools to deliver engaging and relevant PSHE within a whole-school approach. Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.
The School also teach pupils about their feelings and how to regulate themselves. This is taught via The Zones of Regulation programme. Each classroom has a 'Regulation Station' set up for the pupils to use. These stations have pieces of equipment such as sand timers, bubble tubes, bean bags, tangle toys, stress balls and much more. The pupils soon learn which pieces of equipment help them to regulate themselves. The staff talk to the pupils at regular intervals about the emotional wellbeing through a checkin system. All staff have the Zones cards on their lanyards as a prompt to support all children through the school during different times of the day. We use a common language starting at Reception all the way up to Year 6 where the pupils understand we are there to support them. More information about the Zones of Regulation can be found below.
Attached below are some resources that may help you at home with your child.
- 8 ways to help children during lockdown pg1
- 8 ways to help children during lockdown pg2
- coronavirus dealing with effects toolkit 5 1
- Different ways in which anxiety can present itself
- Happiness and challenge booklet for children
- List of online resources
- Nature Guide for Parents and Caregivers
- Nature Guide for Pupils
- Parents letter Zones of Regulation
- Support your childs wellbeing while schools are closed
- The stress relief Giraffe