Ms Weetch kicked off Wellbeing Week with an interesting assembly last Wednesday afternoon, in which she introduced children to the ‘Wellbeing Wheel.’ She told children how important it is for them to get their ‘five a day’ – five important features of maintaining a healthy body and mind: Be Mindful, Connect, Get Creative, Be Active and Learn New Skills. She revealed that school would be helping them to build each area over the next five days!
On Day 1, the children were amazed to find a giant tent-shaped pop-up classroom had infiltrated our school hall! Inside, they found Ms Ellie from Coram Education, who taught them all about their bodies and how they can keep them healthy. Some of the children also learnt about why it is important to build strong social relationships with other people, and to ‘Be Mindful’ of their own happiness and the wellbeing of others.
Day 2 was possibly my favourite day of the Wellbeing Week, as it involved brunch! The teachers and support staff clubbed together to provide a breakfast for the children of croissants, pain au chocolat, fruit salad, hot chocolate and orange juice. Children were mixed up so that they were not seated in their usual friendship groups. Instead, they showed their ability to ‘Connect’ with others.
Day 3 took place this past Monday, and was the ‘Get Creative’ aspect of the week. Children painted designs onto their very own wellbeing stones, which will be placed in our wellbeing garden when it is completed later in the term.
Day 4 was ‘Be Active.’ This involved each class taking part in their own morning fitness routine, and also taking part in sporting games and activities. The teachers discussed the importance of maintaining physical fitness, for a happy and healthy life.On the final day of Wellbeing Week, children learned a new skill. Every member of the academic staff team from across the school put on 90-minute tutorials for new and interesting skills. Included were photography, tennis, line dancing, drawing, textiles and cooking – amongst many more! Children hugely enjoyed the new learning experiences, and were hugely enthusiastic in showing me the new skills that they had learnt