Health and Well-being
At Smawthorne Henry Moore, we take our duty to safeguard pupils very seriously. This includes teaching all our children about health and well-being, informing them of ways in which they can look after themselves and keep their mind and body healthy. This includes regular assemblies, workshops and visiting speakers from Future in Mind and NSPCC.
We love to link books to different subjects and this was the perfect book for us to mark World Mental Health day 2019. We shared the story and the children offered suggestions and solutions to the main character, Ruby, who has a worry that grew bigger and bigger and bigger…
Mental Health Toolkit
In school, we want all children to:
and feel confident.
Children were introduced to all these aims during a whole school assembly and they are referred to throughout the year. As a helpful reminder, there is a large display featuring each aim in a central location for all children, staff and parents to see.
Please click on the following links to explore some fantastic websites that will support you in further supporting your child's mental health and well-being:
Zones of Regulation
The Zones of Regulation framework and curriculum (Kuypers, 2011) teaches students scaffolded skills toward developing a metacognitive pathway to build awareness of their feelings/internal state and utilise a variety of tools and strategies for regulation, prosocial skills, self-care, and overall wellness. This includes exploring tools and strategies for mindfulness, sensory integration, movement, thinking strategies, wellness, and healthy connection with others. The Zones of Regulation provides a common language and compassionate framework to support positive mental health and skill development for all, while serving as an inclusion strategy for neuro-diverse learners, those who have experienced trauma, and/or have specific needs in terms of social, emotional, and behavioural development.
The Zones of Regulation creates a systematic approach to teach regulation by categorising all the different ways we feel and states of alertness we experience into four concrete coloured zones.
Integrating in cognitive behaviour therapy, students build skills in emotional and sensory regulation, executive functioning, and social cognition. The framework is designed to help move students toward more independent regulation while also honouring and respecting each student and their unique self.
SHMPS utilise the Zones of regulation as a whole school approach in Tier 1 whole class PSHE lessons and assemblies, Tier 2 group interventions and Tier 3, bespoke one to one counselling and mentoring.
Encouraging our children to adopt a healthy lifestyle is of paramount importance at Smawthorne Henry Moore Primary School. We are committed to encouraging and developing positive attitudes towards the health and well-being of our pupils and staff through an organised and engaging curriculum. Liaising closely with our school meals providers, we ensure that well-balanced, varied and nutritious meal options are available every lunchtime. Children are encouraged to bring bottled water into the classroom to rehydrate during the day.
As part of the government initiative, parents can pre-order milk on a termly basis for their children to enjoy at break time. Children up to Key Stage 2 are also offered fresh fruit or vegetable snacks each break. Whenever possible, this is extended to allow the older children to share.
The playground has been developed, providing our children with climbing wall facilities; a running track; several basketball nets and target marks. The Sport funding premium has enabled a range of specialist sporting provision to enrich the curriculum, encouraging participation in a range of activities, both during and beyond the school day. The children are now undertaking rugby skills with Featherstone Rovers, learning the art of fencing and archery with a team of professionals and accessing a range of disability sport provision within school.
It is our aim to make every day a ‘Healthy School Day’, with a focus on healthy eating and physical activities. Playtime monitors organise and oversee a variety of playground games using a range of PE equipment during break time.
In addition, every Tuesday and Thursday all Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils are encouraged to participate in ‘Wake up shake up’ before school. This is where they learn and perform choreographed routines to music. These sessions are led by a team of children from Key Stage 2