Our children enjoy participating in daily brain breaks.
Children may be active with short bursts of exercise, in the classroom or outside, it may be an active game, learning a sequence of movements or signing a song with actions.
Brain breaks could entail listening to quiet music, using playdough
or following a sequence tai chi movements.
Children learn different breathing techniques to calm their bodies and minds.
Understanding the brain
During our PSHE lessons our children take time to learn about the brain and how we keep our bodies healthy!
Our children learn about parts of the brain and why we react or feel different emotions, in different situations.
We use our animal pictures to support our children to understand the different parts of the brain and the role they have.
We have successfully run a variety of workshops and interventions already this year!
Transition workshops in July supported many children with their emotions and well-being when moving to a new year group and class. This was very successful, providing children with time to discuss their questions or concerns about a new classroom and meeting their new teacher. We built in a two session workshop, one before and then after their transition days to new classes.
We are currently running a 'Coping Cat' 8 week programme supporting a small group of children to identify their emotions and anxiety. Providing them with strategies to support their body and minds when faced with worries or concerns.
Anxiety workshops run each half term- where children are supported in naming emotions and giving strategies to deal with the different ways our bodies feel and react to different situations.
Homelands Therapy Dog
Our therapy dog visits a few times each half term!