Mental Health has been a huge topic of discussion this year. The children have been learning about different ways to look after their own mental health.
There is a mood scale in each classroom with a number allocated to each child. This way, children can share how they are feeling privately. This gives the class teacher or class TA the opportunity to deal with any worries, anxieties or incidents.
Mental Health Assembly
Mr Walker and Mrs Shaukat focussed closely on loneliness and how feeling lonely can impact our mental health. We have had a few incidents where children have reported that they have nobody to play with. The came up with some great solutions to solve this problem.
What can we do if we are lonely?
All students in the school had the task to create a poster to explain how they can support individuals suffering from loneliness. The children created some beautiful work and have it displayed in our reading corner.
Mr Walker is part of a program led by the Anna Freud Centre. Using their evidence-based research he introduced ‘Peer Mentoring’. This is preventative support that focuses on building resilience and promoting wellbeing necessary to meet children and young people’s mental health needs.
Children in Year 5 and 6 had the opportunity to apply, there was a lot of competition…Mrs Shaukat and Mr Walker had a difficult time choosing the only ten students to become Upland Junior LEAD Academy Peer Mentors.
Mental Health Awareness Week
Dress to Express
Friday 10th February was Dress to Express Day. Each class thought about things that are unique to themselves. It was a good opportunity for pupils and staff to be open about mental health and start speaking about what helps them. All year groups created a class poster to share with the rest of the school. Please scroll through the posters below.
The Kindness Workshop
The children were treated to The Kindness Workshop by 52 lives. The workshop aimed to highlight the importance of kindness and how a small act of kindness can impact a huge number of people. The children correctly identified that being kind was by being ‘friendly, considerate and geneorus’.
WATCH THIS SPACE. We will add some works of kindness that the children created.
Brené Brown explains why “empathy fuels connection and sympathy drives disconnection” in this animated video snippet