At Barton Clough, we know that everyone experiences life challenges that make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that mental health and wellbeing is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play in ensuring a positive culture for our whole school community where this can be shared and supported.
At Barton Clough we understand that mental health and wellbeing can have an impact on academic performance, and so we strive to put in place and go above and beyond to support our children and their families.
Barton Clough’s PSHE curriculum, encompasses mental health and wellbeing is our ‘Time To Be’ ‘Time for me’ Time for Us’ Curriculum.
This supports children in developing the knowledge and skills to enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships.
Children will learn to understand their thoughts, emotions and how they are able to relate to the world in different ways.
Key components run through each year group and phase. We want these practices to be part and parcel of our children’s lives and something that they can take and use beyond the classroom to support them in the real world. We want children to understand that these practices have value and impact in looking after our own mental health and wellbeing.
Once children have been taught different strategies, they will continue to be built upon throughout future years and phases, used as part of the scheduled day with little additional input or teaching.
The key is that the children will start to use what they have been taught independently as a way of dealing with their own emotions.
We also use areas within our school grounds and Forest School to maximise the space for teaching mindfulness and wellbeing. Zen zone areas are used for quiet time and reflection in every class, with resources for reflection and to support emotional wellbeing.
We aim to make our school a place for children and young people to experience a nurturing and supportive environment that has the potential to develop self-esteem and give positive experiences for overcoming adversity and building resilience.
We seek to implement positive ways of talking about and removing the stigma around mental health, such as using our ‘No Outsiders’ programme to reinforce and celebrate values of tolerance, difference and diversity.
There has been considerable impact on the mental health and wellbeing of children from the additional provision we offer, above and beyond everyday classroom practice, which includes Forest School.
Our pastoral and wellbeing team also work closely with children and their families to offer personalised, targeted support, signposting to appropriate external agencies.
We are currently part of the Trafford Thrive in Education scheme in partnership with Place 2 Be. This has enabled us to have experienced mental health practitioners in school who work with children in both groups and one to one sessions. These sessions deal with subjects such as, anxiety, self-esteem and anger management.
If you need any support with your own or your child’s mental health and wellbeing then please know we are always here to help.
Please contact the school office or a member of the wellbeing team.
You could have a go at using The Zones of Regulation if you need to, to support any emotion coaching children at home. This is a reflection of what we use in school.
The Zones framework provides strategies to teach children to become more aware of and independent in controlling their emotions and impulses, manage their sensory needs, and improve their ability to problem solve conflicts. Emotions are categorised into 4 zones;
The Red Zone is used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness and intense emotions. A person may be hysterical, elated or experiencing extreme emotions such as anger, rage, devastation, or terror when in the Red Zone.
The Yellow Zone is also used to describe a heightened state of alertness and elevated emotions, however one has more control when they are in the Yellow Zone. A person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, the wiggles, or nervousness when in the Yellow Zone.
The Green Zone is used to describe a calm state of alertness. A person may be described as happy, focused, content, or ready to learn when in the Green Zone. This is the zone where optimal learning occurs.
The Blue Zone is used to describe low states of alertness and down feelings such as when one feels sad, tired or bored.
Emotions…we all have them. Everything we do and everything we learn is shaped in some way by the way we feel. Feelings are a natural part of who we are. But how do children and young people learn about emotions? How do they learn to understand their sadness or joy? What is appropriate behaviour when these feelings are strong? What can a parent do when a child or young person explodes in anger or hides in fear? Parents and teachers spend lots of time teaching children and young people important things such as reading or tying shoes. Taking time to help children learn to understand their feelings is important too.
To learn more please take a look at:
Signposts to external agencies and links to support children’s mental health and wellbeing at home
Action for Children:
Emotional Wellbeing Class Clips:
NHS Every Mind Matters:
Understanding Emotions in the Early Years:
Resources for Mental Health and Wellbeing:
Young Minds is a charity committed to the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. It also offers parent advice.
Winston’s Wish offer bereavement advice and support to children and young people after the death of a parent or sibling. They also provide guidance on supporting a bereaved child and young person.
Games for children:
Aimed at 8 -12 year olds, this app helps children understand their feelings and challenge negative thinking.
Dragon in the attic is a fun, replayable game, for 8 – 12 year olds about health and wellbeing choices