At Preston Primary School we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of all our school community. Following the challenges our community has had to face in recent times, supporting wellbeing continues to be a key priority for us. Positive wellbeing is promoted throughout our curriculum and through all school activities - healthy body, healthy mind! We encourage our children to use a Growth Mindset and this is underpinned by the Secrets of Success. Within our pupil parliament we have a wellbeing committee, which is led by an elected year 6 student. In addition to this, we also have representatives from the governing body, staff and parents to ensure we continue to adopt a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing.
Children's Mental Health Week 7th-13th February 2022
It was great to see all of our children express themselves with their ‘funky’ hairstyles on Friday. A wonderful reminder that we are all unique! £165 was raised on the day and the wellbeing committee will be sharing news on how this money will be spent.
Everyone has done a brilliant job of creating their support balloons for our wellbeing display. This will serve as a visual reminder of who and what helps us to grow.
We have a purpose-built running track which takes the children around the large sports field within our grounds. All of our children are encouraged to take part in the Daily Mile for ten minutes every day.
Outdoor Learning Zone
With thanks to our wider school community, last summer saw the installation of a wildlife pond. The addition of the pond, alongside our fabulous outdoor classroom, ensures we can provide even greater opportunities for the children to get out of the standard classroom environment and into the grounds of our beautiful setting.
Follow the link to see some of the outdoor learning our children have been enjoying.
When your child reaches their final year of Primary School, they undertake the role of a buddy whereby they support a new member of our school community to settle into the Reception Class. Throughout the school week, they will accompany their buddy to lunch and enjoy shared activities, such as reading with them.
Children can access the designated quiet room for small group work and reflection. They always enjoy their time in The Hub as it allows a tranquil space whenever needed.
'It makes me feel calmer because I know my worries will go away.' Eva, Year 5
'It's calming.' Carys, Year 6
'The picture in there makes me feel happy.' Nina, Year 3
'Safe... and my worries go away.' Blake, Year 4
'When I cry, the feeling of sad goes away.' Eesa, Year 5
In early 2021, our wonderful Preston School Association funded the Preston Bear initiative. Every child received a teddy bear to keep them company throughout the period of remote learning imposed by the national lockdown.
'A really heart-warming idea to give all of the children a buddy bear to keep them company until which time they could all be back together again.’ Y6 parent
PHASE-Hitchin is a charity which supports our Year 5 & 6 children with their emotional and physical well-being. They run a series of workshops focusing on:
We encourage children to follow a balanced diet and that forms part of our curriculum. As part of the Government's Healthy Eating Scheme all children in KS1 are offered a piece of fruit or vegetable at break time. Parents of KS2 children can opt in to the scheme or provide their child with a healthy snack for break time.