Mental Health Awareness Week at Minster...
Last week, to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, staff and pupils at Minster dedicated the week to exploring the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing.
Developing and supporting mental health is already a key component of the school's ethos and values and this year's Mental Health Awareness Week theme of connecting with nature, was definitely one which the school wished to celebrate. The school already has an embedded culture of using local environments and include Forest and Beach Schools as part of their curriculum offer. Many classes are currently raising chicks, ducklings and guinea fowl which will join the school's other feathered and furry animals who live on the school grounds.
Across the school, pupils took part in Walk and Talk Wednesday. Did you know research suggests that 45% of us use walking as a coping strategy? Pupils were able to enjoy the lovely sunshine and connect with their peers to discuss their own approaches to wellbeing.
Co-Heads of School, Lynne Lewis and Michelle Jeffery, said "As a school, we recognise how important it is for our pupils to connect with nature as it develops a sense of wonder and supports creativity. However, connecting with nature also supports emotional wellbeing, self-regulation and physical development, all of which help our pupils to thrive."
A range of activities were enjoyed across the week including:
Year 1 pupils using the storybook 'The Colour Monster' to help them recognise and talk about feelings
Year 2 pupils created hedgehogs using natural materials
Year 3 undertook a range of activities exploring different feelings and emotions
Years 4 and 5 enjoyed nature walks
Year 6 pupils focused on strategies to support their mental health