Mental Health and Wellbeing

Orchard Primary School is proud to have been awarded 'Route to Resilience' accreditation for our commitment to wellbeing in school.

At Orchard Primary School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. 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 health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.  

 

At our school we promote a mentally healthy environment through:

  • Promoting our school values and encouraging a sense of belonging
  • Promoting pupil voice and opportunities to participate in decision-making
  • Celebrating academic and non-academic achievements in order to promote self-esteem
  • Providing opportunities to develop a sense of worth through taking responsibility for themselves and others
  • Providing opportunities to reflect
  • Access to appropriate support that meets their needs
  • Helping children to understand their emotions and feelings better and to feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
  • Helping children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks 

 

We offer different levels of support:

Universal Support - To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance developing resilience for all.

Additional support - For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.  

Targeted support - For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups or personal mentors.

Lead staff members to contact if you are concerned about your child’s mental health: Miss Hayley Webster (SENDCO), Mrs Shields (Headteacher) and Mr Patching (Deputy Headteacher and Character Education Lead).

 

Positive Experiences
Orchard offers pupils many opportunities to do physical activities as well as opportunities to relax which both are ways to promote wellbeing and positive mental health.

  • Lunch games to play outside during ‘Happy Lunchtimes’
  • Library open each lunch to borrow books to read
  • Active Learning
  • Relaxed Kids Nurture Group
  • Home Learning Projects 
  • Themed Days 
  • Residential visits
  • Educational day visits 
  • Before and after school clubs
  • Extra-curricular clubs such as yoga and mindfulness

 

Celebrating Success
We like to celebrate our many successes together by:

  • Posting celebrations on Class Dojo to celebrate what is taking place
  • Displaying pupil’s work
  • Achievement Award Assembly each week
  • Mrs Shields’ 'Hot Chocolate Friday'
  • ‘Top Table’ lunchtime treat for pupils nominated by their class teacher
  • Class Assemblies 
  • School newsletters

 

Curriculums
The school follows the DfE guidelines for the teaching of Mental Health and Wellbeing in the following ways:

  • Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) scheme of work
  • Active Learning
  • Go Noodle
  • Assemblies and theme days

 

Interventions to support Mental Health and Wellbeing
Staff coordinate interventions for pupils mental health and wellbeing such as:

  • Talking Therapy
  • Counselling
  • Mentoring
  • Self-esteem individual and group activities
  • There's a Volcano in my Tummy anger therapy
  • Bereavement Counselling
  • Lego therapy
  • Relaxed Kids Nurture Sessions

 

Useful links
https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

A public health England and NHS site to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others.

https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/

Quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing.

 

CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH WEEK
Between 3rd-7th February, pupils took part in a number of activities to promote Children’s Mental Health Week. This year’s theme was Find your Brave.

Pupils learnt about how life is all about taking small brave steps every day, and that bravery can be about sharing worries and asking for help when you need it, trying something new or making the right choices. We shared a story called ‘Ruby’s Worry’ in assembly. Mr Patching led another assembly focusing on some of the character muscles we refer to in school linked to courage and growth mindset, and Miss Webster read a book called ‘My Strong Mind’.