Wellbeing information about our school.
At Our Lady Queen of Peace, we believe that looking after the mental health and wellbeing of staff and pupils is fundamental to the health and success of the whole school. Our aim is that all staff and children are more resilient, more focused, less stressed, more open and able to cope with the pressures of life together. We have appointed a Wellbeing Lead to promote and support wellbeing across the school.
Some of the strategies that we have already implemented to support positive mental health and wellbeing are detailed below. We continually review the impact of these and gather the views of staff and children to improve and build on what is in place.
All classes have mindfulness and reflection times during the week to enable children to relax and reflect. During this time, children take part in a range of activities including, mindfulness colouring, thoughts and feelings books, discussion, music and meditation.
Each class has a worry monster and children are encouraged to share any worries or questions that they have by putting them into the worry monster. These are monitored by staff and discussed sensitively during class reflection time.
We have quiet spaces in school which children can access during breaktimes when they would prefer a quiet alternative to the school yard. Children will be able to take part in quiet activities such as reading, writing or drawing or just relaxing!
We appreciate that children spend a lot of time outside during the week and that play is vitally important for social, emotional and physical development. Our School Council are developing a different play area in the school grounds for children to use at breaktimes.
We also support positive wellbeing and mental health through our focus on the following:
All classes have timetabled PE during the week which is delivered by school staff. Sports include: dance, gymnastics, invasion games, hockey, swimming, football, athletics and many more.
Our school dinners are cooked on site and are designed to meet the standards for schools set by the Food Standard Agency. Children can select from different main dinner options (at least one is a vegetarian option), jacket potato with salad or sandwiches. Children are offered water or milk to drink with their school dinner. Menus are available on our website.
We ask that you provide your child with healthy food options. Packed lunches should not contain sweets or chocolate. If they contain a sweet snack such as a biscuit, please monitor the amount given. Children may bring in a drink to have with their packed lunch. Water, a small amount of sugar-free squash, flavoured water or fruit juice may be drunk with packed lunches in the hall.
All pupils in EYFS, Years 1 and 2 are offered fruit or vegetables as a snack in the morning. We encourage all pupils to bring in healthy snacks of fruit, vegetables or cereal bars for eating during the morning break.
We ask that every child has a water bottle in school every day. Children take their bottles home each evening to ensure they are kept clean and hygienic. If a child’s bottle empties during the school day, they will be encouraged to fill it from the drinking fountain in KS2. Children are encouraged to drink water throughout the day.
We teach children about feeling good, being healthy and caring for themselves through our everyday teaching, PSHE and science lessons and through all aspects of school provision. Our aim is to:
We know that at times children and adults may require additional support and advice to address wellbeing and mental health challenges. We have three levels of support to ensure that we provide for the needs of our school community:
Regularly ask how they’re doing so they get used to talking about their feelings and know there’s always someone to listen if they want it. Find out how to create a space where they will open up.
Pay attention to their emotions and behaviour, and try to help them work through difficulties. It’s not always easy when faced with challenging behaviour, but try to help them understand what they’re feeling and why.
Show interest in their life and the things important to them. It not only helps them value who they are but also makes it easier for you to spot problems and support them.
Being active or creative, learning new things and being a part of a team help connect us with others and are important ways we can all help our mental health. Support and encourage them to explore their interests, whatever they are.
Listening to and valuing what they say, without judging their feelings, in turn makes them feel valued. Consider how to help them process and work through their emotions in a more constructive way.
We know it still may not be easy, but try to reintroduce structure around regular routines, healthy eating and exercise. A good night’s sleep is also really important – try to get them back into routines that fit with school.
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Published: November 7, 2023
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