We know that the emotional health of children is the strongest predictor of happiness in adulthood and we want all of our children to grow up to be happy, confident, independent people who can contribute positively to society and "Let your light shine." At Upton Noble, we have a key role to play in enabling pupils and families to develop positive emotional wellbeing so that they are able to:
- access their learning,
- develop resilience,
- develop the ability to problem solve,
- ensure positive health (inc. mental health) development.
Happier children learn better and generally perform better in school. Poor mental health undermines educational attainment and life satisfaction.
Broadly, emotional wellbeing refers to the way a person thinks and feels about themselves and others.
It includes being able to adapt and deal with daily challenges (resilience and coping skills) while leading a fulfilling life.
Emotional wellbeing includes being happy and confident, but nobody can feel happy all the time.
People with good wellbeing can problem-solve, manage emotions, experience empathy, be resilient and attentive. They also have good relationships with others.
Take Notice: Take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you.
Give: Participation in social and community life has attracted a lot of attention in the field of wellbeing research.
Be active: Exercise is essential for slowing age-related cognitive decline and for promoting wellbeing.
Keep Learning: Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life.
Connect: feeling close to, and valued by, other people.
Wellbeing is paramount to our whole school approach. We pride ourselves on knowing our families well which allows us to identify need and provide support in a timely manner.
When we refer to families we not only mean our children, parents and wider family units but also our staff as they too are part of our Upton Noble family. As such, their wellbeing is also of the utmost importance.
Resources to support Wellbeing
In this section you will find links to several websites that we use ourselves and that we often signpost parents and carers too. There is a mixture of further information and also resources that you can use at home with your children to support their mood and emotional literacy (they may also be of some benefit to the adults as well).
Support for Parents-Connect Somerset
Connect Somerset is a useful website bringing professionals and community groups together to help families and residents improve their lives. Please see the link below:
Connect Somerset are offering some free online parenting courses that you may find beneficial. Connect Somerset has a NEW online offer open to Parents, Carers and Grandparents. The offer is worth over £100 per person and they are giving fully funded access to all residents in Somerset. The online offer covers lots of topics including:
1) Pregnancy, labour, birth
and your baby
6) Understanding your teenager’s brain
2) Understanding your baby
7) Feelings and understanding your brain (for teenagers)
3) A sick or preterm baby in
hospital and at home
8) Understanding your children’s mental health and wellbeing
4) Understanding your child
5) Children with additional
10) Impact of the pandemic.
This offer is part of Connect Somerset. If you would like to access to the course click the link below and put in Connect Somerset’s unique access code “dragon”.
Somerset Children and Young People Health and Wellbeing, parent and carer toolkit.
Somerset Big Tent can offer families some useful tools and services to support mental health and wellbeing.
Young minds also have some useful tips for parents too. Please click on the link below:
Young Somerset Website
Another useful website is Young Somerset's Wellbeing service-Free Wellbeing support for young people experiencing low level mental health needs. Find more here:
The Hub of Hope is the country's first nationwide mental health database, which brings help and support together in one place. The app will help you to find much needed support using your phone's location to find key services and organisations. It can be downloaded and is very easy to use. Hub of hope believes no matter what you're going through, you shouldn't have to do it alone. Find services local to you using geolocation technology.
Hub of Hope
Website for mental health and wellbeing support
Mental Health and Wellbeing Week
As part of children's Mental health Week, the children participated in a variety of activities during the week involving some mindfulness exercises, sewing, artwork, yoga and the week ended with a whole school walk with parents around the village whilst appreciating the outdoors.
Please see the photos below to see what we got up to.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Week