At West Pennard CE Primary School we take wellbeing very seriously and understand the holistic approach to child development. Feelings of wellbeing are fundamental to the overall health of an individual, enabling them to successfully overcome difficulties and achieve what they want out of life. 

Looking after your physical wellbeing is not only important for your physical health itself, or because good physical wellbeing will benefit your academic performance. Your physical wellbeing and your lifestyle will also have an impact on your mental wellbeing. 

The way you feel, both physically and mentally, is the essence of living.

The Somerset Wellbeing Framework:

Pillars of Wellbeing

 

As part of the Somerset Wellbeing Framework we are keen to focus on the 3 Pillars of Wellbeing which are a set of evidence-based themes that underpin good mental health.

Belonging is a sense of connection with a group or institution. When pupils feel included and connected to school, they are more likely to participate in the school community and achieve academic success.

Key aspects of belonging are linked to feeling:

  • Connected and included
  • Safe
  • Respected and valued
  • A sense of purpose

Some examples at West Pennard CE Primary School:

  • Pupils are encouraged to express their views and influence decisions throughout the school and classroom (including elections for School Council reps.)
  • School clubs / sport events / music events (Country Dancing)
  • Celebration Assemblies & Collective Worship
  • The Big Question Board participation
  • Belonging gifts: wooden heart, bowl of pebbles, displays – i.e. entrance display of fish ‘we are swimming altogether in the same direction’ (fish designed by each child).
  • Work displays
  • Enrichment days: Forest School / Mindfulness.
  • Links within the community: Cyder Barn, gifts given to the community
  • Whole school Mental Health & Wellbeing Policy
  • Emotional Coaching parent workshop and staff meeting.
  • School Trips / residential trips
  • Staff INSETs/staff meetings – Sept 2020: wellbeing focus
  • Celebration of birthdays
  • Shared vision of our values – Values Days
  • Wellness on Wednesdays (WoW Wednesdays) - whole school weekly sessions focused on wellbeing.
  • Wellbeing Action Group (parental views / children’s views to be collected Autumn Term 2020)

Respectful Relationships are the glue that holds a positive school community together and includes all relationships: peer to peer, pupils to staff, governors, visitors and the wider community. This also includes relationships with ourselves which is fundamental to how we treat each other.

Key aspects of positive relationships are linked to feeling:

  • Loved and cared for
  • Listened to
  • Supported in times of need
  • Enjoyment of fun

 

Some examples at West Pennard CE Primary School:

  • Curriculum to equip the child for life skills and develop resilience and confidence. See our values!
  • Positive relationships modelled
  • Children involved in the school rules/class charter
  • Eco-club and other environmental trips and visitors
  • Spiritual wellbeing – links with the Church
  • ELSA / PFSA
  • Parental workshops – including emotion coaching (also with staff – staff with children)
  • Peer coaches – supporting children from all year groups in the playground
  • Benches and play equipment in the playground at lunch/break times
  • Nurture lunchtime group
  • Parental events – Mother’s Day
  • Links to support for wellbeing (website)
  • PSHE/RSHE
  • Values Day – mixed year groups
  • Newsletter – link to events in local area

Lifestyle behaviours such as; how well we eat, how much sleep we get and how active we are can really impact on our mood, ability to cope and function in everyday life. In relation to executive functioning and cognitive capacity children and young people’s brains are still in development so things like concentration, decision making, problem-solving and many aspects of learning are dependent on and benefit from good levels of basic nutrition, sleep and activity.

Key aspects of maintaining a healthy lifestyle are:

  • Diet
  • Sleep
  • Activity

 

Some examples at West Pennard CE Primary School:

  • A mile a day and other sports events
  • Healthy snack policy
  • Mindfulness / Tai Chi / gardening – enrichment day
  • PSHE/RSHE
  • Values - Spiritual links and morals
  • Fundraising – helping others
  • Inclusive outlook

 

Sometimes in life adults or children may need a little extra support to help with challenges life can bring which can knock our wellbeing and tip the balance.

Please find below various support links:

Bereavement support: