Emotional Well being

The impact of being part of Cheshire East Emotionally Healthy Schools intiative has been a very positive one.We have adopted a whole school approach to emotiional health and well being and we are creating a positive ethos in regard to mental health.

We held an Emotional Well-Being Week in October, which received very positive feedback from parents and proved such a success that we now hold an EWB Day each half-term. This has included a wide variety of experiences: from Change for Life activities to physical opportunities, such as Yoga, Boccia and New Age Kurling; from cooking and mindfulness-colouring to discussion relating to subjects like friendships and emotions. 

All members of staff have completed modules on the MindEd Learning Programme and are now aware of a tool in which they can increase their knowledge when faced with a child’s difficulties in all areas of mental health. They are being helped to identify changes in children’s behaviour that might indicate an issue with their mental health or well-being, therefore ensuring that as many children as possible are able to thrive.


We held an Emotional Wellbeing event for both keystages  in the final half term, which the children and staff thoroughly enjoyed. It was lovely to watch the children working in teams with children from other year groups. They all encouraged each other and showed great team spirit.

We will continue to hold Emotional Wellbeing Days at the end of each half term in the next academic year, covering many different topics from Science, Art, Outdoor Activities, Music and many more. The emotional wellbeing days have proved a huge success and below are a small selection of photographs taken at the last event.


This year we will continue  our focus on increasing resilience. Friday afternoons in school will continue to be dedicated to building resilience. We have introduced the children to the second year of our 'Building Resilience’ programme and they are currently working on unit "take a moment" and they will complete a further 3 units over this academic year.

Reception children will complete year one of the programme, in which our first unit pupils will be introduced to a character called Skipper, Skipper is the captain of his boat which travels down the river of life. Like everyone he goes through various ups and downs on his journey. On his way, Skipper will introduce the children to ten things that help us to navigate the river of life and support the development of resilience. These things include the importance of positive relationships and role models, the development of good social and emotional skills, participating in activities, having hobbies and interests and a sense of meaning and belonging.

Resilience is a key factor in protecting and promoting good mental health. While we can't always predict what life throws at us, the good news is there are a range of different skills, strategies and resources that can help us to cope.

If you have questions or queries regarding "Building Resilience Programme" please either email or phone Mrs Lavin. learningmentor@holmeschapelprimary.cheshire.sch.uk

Thank you.

December 2018 - We have just heard that we meet the AcSEED criteria for emotional wellbeing and mental health support. Open the AcSEED document to find out more about the accreditation.

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