Wellbeing Programme

Burford Body – Jan 19

Dear Parents,

I thought it would be useful to update you on where we are with our wellbeing programme as lots of excellent work has been taking place in school.

The Burford Body (see attached) is the logo for this initiative and I hope that you will be able to make reference to this at home as it encompasses so many areas that will support the overall health and happiness of your child. To ensure I keep in touch regularly, I will be sending a ‘Weekly Wellbeing’ tip or piece of advice which I hope will provide some useful ideas of small things you can do at home to support your child’s wellbeing.

At the beginning of January, we introduced our new PSHE (physical, social and health education) scheme of work called ‘Jigsaw’. I attach the following link which gives some detail of the programme itself with a number of useful videos which may be of interest.

Welcome to Jigsaw PSHE

Dreams and Goals Garden
The whole school from Nursery to Year 6 have just completed a unit named ‘Dreams and Goals’ and the children and teachers have been working hard to produce a piece of outdoor artwork to be featured in the Dreams and Goals garden. This will soon be in the hexagon which I hope many of you will get a chance to see and admire as all of the children at Burford School have contributed to what will be a peaceful and safe space for reflection and quiet time.

Our next unit in PSHE is titled ‘Healthy Me’ and the teachers are looking forward to delivering these sessions with the children.

Circle Time
Each class has been taking part in regular circle times and these are proving to be very successful in improving children’s emotional intelligence and their ability to self-regulate and articulate their emotions. These circles are a safe place for children to share how they’re feeling amongst discussing other topics which develop the important skills highlighted in The Burford Body.

Yoga
The yoga after school club for Lower Key Stage 2 has begun and I can see that the children are taking a lot of enjoyment from it (as am I!).  Soon I will be delivering some training demonstrating activities/strategies to the other teachers so that they can start incorporating some of these exercises within their teaching to act as ‘brain breaks’ or to be incorporated within PE sessions.

In the summer term we are planning on running a wellbeing afternoon and evening session where we can invite parents to come and see more of the beginnings of our wellbeing programme in greater detail. We will be in touch with further information and hope to see many of you there!

Best wishes,
Miss Barnes