Well-being with Winnie the Pooh – Between Monday 28th March and Friday 1st April 2022, we celebrated International Children’s Book Day which is on Saturday 2nd April 2022.
Our Opal and Amethyst Learning Zones have entered a competition run by Vision for Education. Vision provided copies of the Winnie the Pooh book and DVD and the Learning Zones have explored wellbeing by learning more about each character.
They learnt that Piglet is very anxious and worried and that Eeyore can get very depressed and sad. The children worked with Mrs McArdle to create some amazing art work for our Wellbeing Week display and thought about some advice and support they would give the characters to make them feel better.
Our very youngest children have shown real empathy and understanding of well-being and learnt a lot about how to look after their own mental health. They decided to make a ‘Worry Honey Pot’ so that they could write down their worries then put them in the pot to make them disappear. The display is situated in our Thrive area and the ‘Worry Honey Pot’ has also been used by some of our older children working with Mrs Parvin (Thrive Practitioner) who have chosen to put their worries in the pot, too.
A photo of their display has been submitted to Vision for Education for a chance to win a personalised ‘Buddy Bench’ for the playground. Each child participating will receive a certificate and one lucky child will receive a copy of the Winnie the Pooh book collection to keep! Fingers crossed Stanhope Barrington’s entry stands out.
Here are some helpful Wellbeing resources…
Zones of Regulation
Across school every member of the team wears cards which we refer to as the Zones of Regulation. The team have all had training on using this system of managing well-being and on Feel Good Friday we held a whole school assembly to relaunch it again with the children.
Children and adults are asked which zone they are in and the coloured zones reflect the following feelings and emotions:
The Blue Zone – sad, unhappy, bored, fed-up or unwell
The Green Zone – happy, calm, relaxed and focussed
The Yellow Zone – excited, silly, worried or unsure
The Red Zone – angry, frustrated, scared or annoyed
Staff role model by discussing with children which zone they are in and why. As the system is embedded children are becoming more able to describe their own feelings and emotions in terms of which zone they are in.
The Zones of Regulation are also used to talk about how we can move ourselves from the blue zone to the green zone for example. This helps the children to develop resilience and life-long coping strategies.
You can view archived Emotional Wellbeing information on our website.