At Sunning Hill Primary School, we believe in promoting positive mental wellbeing to ensure that school is a community where everyone feels able to thrive. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental wellbeing is everyone’s business and that we all have a role to play. We aim to ensure that everyone is supported to reach their potential and have access to help if they need it.
At our school we:
· Help children to understand their emotions and feelings better.
· Help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries.
· Help children socially to form and maintain relationships.
· Promote self-esteem and ensure children know that they are valued.
· Help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks.
What happens in school?
In school, we teach children about what it means to have good mental wellbeing throughout our curriculum and daily practice.
Our PSHE curriculum focuses specifically on developing children’s social and emotional skills which can support positive mental wellbeing and help all children cope effectively with setbacks and remain healthy. It is about helping children to understand and manage their thoughts, feelings and behaviour and build skills that help them to thrive, such as working in a team, persistence, and self-awareness.
We use a wide range of strategies in school to support mental wellbeing: nurture club, Behaviour Support, Lego Therapy, extra-curricular clubs and sports competitions. We co-ordinate multi-agency involvement to get the best possible support for each individual case.