Well-Being at JHN

Why is well-being so important at JHN?

Having good well-being is feeling comfortable, healthy and happy. 

At JHN, we recognise that a child’s well-being is paramount and must be made a priority if a child is to learn and achieve.  The world in the 21st Century is incredibly busy and anxious and there are many challenges facing young people as they grow and find their place in it. 

At JHN, we believe children should be taught life skills to help them become happy, ambitious and lifelong learners as well as strategies to avoid or deal with life’s stresses, as and when they arrive.

How do we teach well-being at JHN?

At JHN, we teach that there are ‘5 ways to Well-being’; five areas of life to focus on to improve your sense of well-being. These are:

  1.       Connect
  2.       Give
  3.       Notice
  4.       Keep Learning
  5.       Keep Active

A child who has a high sense of well-being is equipped with emotional and social skills to deal with challenges, is resilient in the face of setbacks and has found their voice to communicate who they are and what they believe.    

Pupils must be given opportunities to reflect on their own well-being and to explore their views and ideas about the world.

  •         Through our PSHEE curriculum, children are given space to explore questions about life and share their ideas in a non-judgemental way, helping to develop communication and social skills such as empathy and healthy debate
  •         During short mindfulness sessions, all children at JHN are given time to practice breathing exercises centred on keystone well-being attributes (focus, calm, balance etc.) that help them to feel present and more aware in their daily lives
  •         Free extra-curricular clubs are open to all children to broaden their learning, skill and well-being.  From Board Games to Yoga, Football to Dance, children are encouraged to try new things and get better at JHN
  •         During interactive assemblies, children are given the time to discuss their emotions, actions and ideas such as thoughtfulness, resilience or what success means to them
  •         All children are encouraged to develop a ‘growth mind-set’ – a belief that grit, resilience and effort rather than intelligence is the route to success.  Children should learn not to dwell on mistakes and to learn from them.  Our students recognise practice makes progress, not perfect.

Self-Directed Learning

Young people must be empowered to take charge of their own learning to improve their wellbeing.  When children direct their own learning, they feel more involved in their own success and expect more of themselves.  Opportunities are made in the curriculum for pupils to have their voices heard and to steer learning in the direction they choose.  School Council, blind votes in class and project and investigation based learning in Science Week are a few ways students feel more empowered in school life at JHN.

Staff Well-being

We also recognise that the wellbeing of the school and its staff should reinforce our ethos as being a positive part of the Littlemore community. Therefore, all staff are encouraged to develop their own well-being to better support the children’s learning and development.  Time is put aside in 1:1 coaching, PM meetings and general staff meeting discussions to highlight any concerns, but mainly for the individual to identify their own positive areas for wellbeing development.

Resources

Working on your own well-being or helping your children to work on theirs can be a daunting task, but it is always a positive one.  It will teach you more about your children and yourself, helping to improve your sense of well-being as a family. 

Please find below some free resources that might be of interest to you and your family.

  •         Well-being toolkit for parents
  •         Growth mind-set game – match the negative fixed mind-sets to the positive growth mind-sets
  •         Mindfulness challenge cards for you and your child
  •         Yoga poses to do with your child
  •         Emotions board game – discuss different emotions with your child with this fun game

School SMSC and PSHE policies

SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural) and PSHE (Personal, Social, Health & Economics) curriculum policies are available below.

Ideas

We are always looking to work with members of the local community on ideas to improve our children’s learning and well-being, especially from parents.  Please contact Mr Linden at t.linden@jhnacademy.co.uk if you have any ideas, comments or suggestions.
Nothing is too big or too small if it will help the children to feel happier and to learn more. 
I can’t wait to hear from you.


All the best,

Tom Linden

Head of Well-being at JHN