At Martenscroft Nursery School, social, cultural, moral and emotional learning is at the very heart of what we do and who we are. The study of self, community, being safe and being healthy are threaded through the different subject areas and continually explored, modelled and referred to in our wider school experiences. Personal, social and emotional learning is not simply about making children good citizens; it is about developing a sound decision-making power through understanding, tolerance and respect of the changing world around us and the relationships that we make. We teach the children that they are in control of their behaviour and give them strategies to support their emotional wellbeing.
Building healthy relationships and nourishing mental health and wellbeing is a key driver in a healthy and happy school community. Through our well-being approach to education, we talk about feelings and emotions from the moment children enter foundation stage and help pupils build strategies to manage their own mental health. We encourage the children to narrate their own feelings and emotions and relate these to actions and how these change the dynamics of a relationship. This dialogue is key in equipping the children with good emotional literacy and building understanding around mental health.
The 5 ways to Wellbeing are a set of evidence-based public health messages developed by NEF, aimed at improving the wellbeing and mental health of the whole population. At Martenscroft Nursery School we pride ourselves on promoting the 5 ways to wellbeing for all of our school community including children, staff, governors and parents.
We recognise and value that promoting wellbeing is a holistic approach, to ensure that wellbeing is embedded throughout our school we follow the eight principles to promote emotional health and wellbeing in schools.
1. Leadership and management
2. Ethos and environment
3. Curriculum teaching and learning
4. Targeted support
5. Working with parents/ carers
6. Identifying need and monitoring impact
7. Staff development
8. Child's voice