We have just started working with a new group of children on our Cooking For Wellbeing project. This month's healthy recipe is pizza baked potato. During week 1 we focused on planning, and learnt more about the ingredients as well as how to stay safe in the kitchen.
This week we went to Aldi and Waitrose so that we could buy our ingredients, and also to give us chance to compare prices between supermarkets.
Year 7 Life Savers
On Friday, year 7s got the chance to learn all about the human circulatory system through a range of interactive resources including a tour through the system itself using our Google expeditions software, investigating the effects of different exercises on the heart's beat during PE and having Peter Richards visit us from Droitwich AED to teach every child the basics of CPR. The children were fantastic throughout the day and it is nice to know there are another 110 people in Droitwich that now know CPR.
Looking after our mental health
World mental health day # Hello Yellow
Below are the presentations we used today about looking after our mental health.
Today all our classes took a little time out to focus on our wellbeing and mental health. We shared all the wonderful comments from our families which helped us all to feel very positive about ourselves! We celebrated all the positive things in our lives and discussed strategies for when we may be struggling and not feeling very good. The photos below show some of our day from sharing a hot chocolate, to making friendship cards, friendship gymnastics and making our bunting!
Our mental health is just like our physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it! Mental wellbeing describes how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day to day life. It can change from moment to moment, day to day, month to month or year to year.
If you have good mental wellbeing you are able to:
National Fitness Day
Staying active helps us all stay healthy. The children had the opportunity today to be as active as they could during their lessons. This involved things like times tables workouts in Maths and acting with actions in Guided Reading. Year 5 were taught a pirate work out by 5FH during their assembly and reflected on what fitness meant to them.
For the last half hour of the day, the whole school got to enjoy the sunshine whilst taking the chance t try out many activities.
The Pastoral Team
At Westacre Middle School we recognise that the social and mental well-being of our pupils is an essential part of a successful education and the preparation for later life. We understand that all of our pupils react and adapt differently to factors that affect their learning and development. The pastoral team along with other members of staff are able to offer extra support to our pupils when needed.
What are our aims?
To ensure our pupils feel happy, supported and cared for in order to achieve their best in the classroom.
Below are some examples of the support we offer:
· Small group and individual interventions that help pupils to improve their self-esteem, manage emotions and support social and friendship skills.
· Providing class yoga lessons once a week to promote mindfulness and positivity.
· Provide weekly cooking lessons in order to learn key skills and the importance of healthy eating.
· Meet and greet some pupils who feel anxious about coming to school.
· Tea & Toast in the mornings to help some students acquire that calm and focused attitude before lessons.
· Offer “catch ups” to those pupils who benefit from the opportunity to talk about how they are feeling.
· Work alongside class teachers, parents/carers and outside agencies to ensure pupils feel supported and safe.
· Run a break and lunch time club.
Who are the Pastoral team?
· Mrs Julie Darby (pastoral lead)
· Miss Leah Starkey (qualified yoga teacher)
· Miss Lauren Colledge (L3 specialist support)