At Buckton Fields Primary School, our children’s well-being is the highest importance to us and we promote positive well-being in everything we do. Our ambition is to create confident, resilient and empathetic learners who know how to look after their physical and mental well-being. We have designed a Well-being curriculum which is taught every week on ‘Well-being Wednesday’s,’ this includes a well-being assembly and then a 45 minute session based on physical and mental well-being. We aim to equip our children with the knowledge and skills to look after their own well-being and support others. We teach well-being through the 5 ways of well-being which are:
Connect – This element is all about connecting with ourselves and others. Feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world. We teach children to connect with each other; ask someone how they are, connect with their feelings and take a genuine interest in other people’s well-being. This promotes positive relations and supports out children to connect with themselves and those around them. To support our own and other’s well-being further, we connect with the local community and build strong networks with people in the Buckton Fields community.
Be Active – Learning how to look after our physical well-being. Physical health is not only good for the body, but also the mind as it has a direct link to mental health. Regular physical activity is associated with higher levels of happiness. Lower paced activities, like walking, have a positive impact on social skills whilst still exercising. During ‘Be Active’ sessions, children will be encourage to participate in physical activity: walking, jogging, play a new sport, yoga – anything that gets our bodies moving!
Take Notice – This element provides our children with opportunities to take note of what is happening around them and how our actions and decisions have an impact on others. The children will take notice of how they feel and explore the different emotions. Learning the signs of emotions and strategies of how to manage our feelings and how to get ourselves back to a calm state, is crucial for children’s emotional development. Our children will also learn to take notice of the environment and others around them.
Keep Learning – In these sessions, children will learn something new outside of our school curriculum. They will learn the importance of setting themselves a goal and to have high aspirations of what they can achieve now and in their future. Setting goals has been associated with higher levels of well-being. Children are provided with dedicated time to research / learn a new skill and challenge themselves.
Give: Children will link with a charitable project and participate in community life. They will learn about the importance of helping others and how to have a positive impact on our community. The children learn about not just raising money, but giving people in need their time and thoughts and how this can positively affect our well-being.
Our curriculum encourages independence, resilience and empathy towards others, as well as how to contribute positively towards society. At Buckton Fields Primary School, we promote a healthy lifestyle through healthy eating, cooking and links within our community. In addition to our Well-being Curriculum, we provide well-being interventions and individual programmes based on the needs of our pupils.
Our Well-being Lead is Miss Natasha McDowell – if you have any concerns regarding your child’s well-being, please do not hesitate to get in touch.