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The emotional health and wellbeing of all members of Woodlands Primary School (including pupils, parents and staff) is fundamental to our philosophy that each individual is valued and encouraged to grow. With the current ever changing world, as a school, we intend to prepare each student with the tools they need to meet their learning potential, cope with normal stresses and connect with their friends. We aim to embed wellbeing in to every aspect of our school, nurturing the 5 steps to wellbeing through our 6 core values. For the children and families at Woodlands, we know that keeping the conversation going is highly effective in achieving better mental health. Therefore, through our everyday teaching, we will endeavour to equip the children with the tools they need to communicate as best they can.  

5 steps to Wellbeing


Evidence suggests that there are 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. 

Connect: Talk & listen, be there, feel connected

Be Active: Do what you can, enjoy what you can, move your mood

Take Notice: Remember the simple things that give you joy

Keep Learning: Embrace new experiences, see opportunities, surprise yourself

Give: Your time, your words, your presence 


Here at Woodlands, the 5 steps to wellbeing will be interlaced through school life, including through the teaching of PSHCE and the 6 core values we follow. Clear links will be made through the value of each term and will become part of the children and staff's everyday living. Take a look below at what we have been up to this year. 

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Be Positive Be Kind Be Ambitious Be Passionate  Be confident  Be Curious
General wellbeing Give Keep learning Take notice Connect Be active

 SUMMER 2 - Value of the term: To be curious

Be active: Do what you can, enjoy what you can, move your mood

Being curious and active is something we encourage here at Woodlands. In order to support these two things, the school had a visit from a farm and hosted sports day, all in one week! The children were able to ignite their curiosity by meeting a range of different animals, as well as enjoy the task of taking part in different activities for sports day. It's safe to say, there were lots of excited children! 



 SUMMER 1 - Value of the term: To be confident

Connect: Talk & listen, be there, feel connected 

Our value this term is ‘To be confident’: something children may be lacking after an unpredictable year. One step to supporting your wellbeing is ‘Connect’ and what better way to do this, than an outdoor school disco for the children. On Wednesday 26th May, the children in N-Y6 pulled out their best dancing moves and connected as a school through music and a good boogie! There were smiles all round, from pupils to staff, and Mr Buckton had the best time of all being our own resident DJ! 


SPRING 2 - Value of the term: To be passionate

Take notice: Remember the simple things that give you joy.

 Returning to school after another lockdown was a challenge for all. One way of helping the children get back in to the swing of things, was dressing up to celebrate World Book Day (from home or school) and dressing up to support Red Nose Day once we were all back together. Being able to celebrate a character or book that made the children happy, as well as be a superhero of their choice, enabled the children to once again show off the things that they are passionate about and make them happy. 



Dress to Express #children'smentalhealthweek 

SPRING 1 - Value of the term: To be ambitious

Keep Learning: Embrace new experiences, see opportunities, surprise yourself

This term, the children at Woodlands (like so many around the country) have had a slightly different start to the new year. We are so proud of how well the children are already demonstrating the value of the term through their home learning, as well as embracing this sudden new change. As part of children's mental health week, the children (and staff) have all been trying to find ways to boost their mental wellbeing while being at home or in a slightly, quieter school during lockdown. Take a look at some of things they have been getting up to. 



 AUTUMN 2 - Value of the term: To be kind

Give: Your time, your words, your presence

This term, the children at Woodlands have been demonstrating the value of kindness through the step to wellbeing 'Give.' They have given their time or words to show an act of kindness in a variety of different ways, including designing a Christmas post box with the theme of 'kindness'. Take a look at what the different year groups have been up to. 

 Nursery & Reception 


 Year 5 



Christmas 'kindness' post boxes


AUTUMN 1 - Value of the term: To be positive

General wellbeing

#Hello Yellow Day - Friday 9th October 2020

As part of World Mental Health Day, Woodlands celebrated #Hello Yellow Day by creating their very own wellbeing boxes and class jars. These included things that they are grateful for, make them happy and can boost their own positive wellbeing.








Year 1









Year 2




Year 5

'In year five we believe it is important to remember what we have in our lives that we are grateful for. We also like to remember all of those happy moments in school in our happiness jar; we open the these jars when we feel down as a way of uplifting ourselves and our friends'



Year 6



 Wellbeing Resources 

Separation Anxiety: Tips for parents 


Anxiety tools for parents 


Anxiety thermometer  


Starting the mental health conversation 


 Useful websites

MINDED: minded.org.uk/families

Online advice and support for parents of children who may be experiencing poor mental health.

YOUNGMINDS: youngminds.org.uk 

Information and resources for young people and parents on mental health.

MENTALLY HEALTHY SCHOOLS: mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk