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.
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.
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 4
'It's calming.' Carys, Year 5
'The picture in there makes me feel happy.' Nina, Year 2
'Safe... and my worries go away.' Blake, Year 3
'When I cry, the feeling of sad goes away.' Eesa, Year 4
This year, 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
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.
PHASE-Hitchin are a charity which have supported a number of our Year 6 children with workshops focusing on emotional and physical well-being. As part of the workshops they focused on:
Dealing with stress and uncertainty
Planning for the future
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.
As part of our ongoing desire to put wellbeing first, the wider school community have been busily fund-raising to support the installation of a new outdoor shelter. This will be used as an outdoor learning zone, taking children out of the standard classroom environment and into the grounds of our beautiful setting. We hope to have this in place for the Summer Term.