Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School

A Church of England school serving the Community since 1686

Headteacher: Mrs Nichola Russell
Telephone: 01924 303525
Address: Barnsley Road, Sandal, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 6AS

Diocese of Leeds
2nd July 2020 Guidance for full reopening of School - September 2020 The guidance for the full reopening of school as of of September 2020 has been published this morning. As you can imagine, we are now trawling through the detail. What I can confirm so far, based upon the key messages received,is that school will re open for all children on Tuesday 8th September. In line with government guidance, we will employ a staggered approach to the start and end of the day. As you will appreciate, we will be unable to ensure that siblings can start/finish school at the same time. We will communicate details to families as soon as possible to ensure you have maximum time to plan for the different start and finish times. More detail to follow asap. Thank you for all your lovely messages of support. It's been lovely to see how the school community continues to pull together through these uncertain and unprecedented times. Nichola Russell

Welcome to our Mental Health and Well-Being page

Mental health and well-being and the Church of England vision for education.

The core of the Church of England’s Vision for Education is underpinned by the belief that education should support human flourishing, or ‘fullness of life’. This should equip children and young people in their understanding of who they are, why they are here, what they desire and how they should live. The vision also puts emphasis on a rounded education which should equip young people with strong foundations that will carry them through into adulthood.

Our school values and vision statement mirrors the Church of England's vision for education, ensuring an holistic approach to nurturing the whole child, our staff, families and community. Our aim is to put well-being at the heart of school life.

Vision and Values

Mental Health and Well-Being Policy

We aim to develop resilience, nurturing confidence and self esteem within our school and wider community:

  • Belonging – encouraging good relationships: concentrating on positive times and places, remaining hopeful about new connections and having people in your life you can count on.
  • Learning – having opportunities in and outside of school to develop interests, talents and life skills, including mapping out or having a view to the future.
  • Coping – embedding the skills needed to manage the knocks of everyday living like problem solving, staying calm and leaning on others if needed.
  • Core self – developing those things that help children and young people to develop a strong sense of themselves, including ways to build and nurture their confidence, self- esteem and character.
  • Accepting – starting with exactly where a child, young person or family are at, even if it means being at a very sore point, returning to ‘unconditional positive regard’, which means trying not to judge people and appreciating them or their basic humanity come what may.
  • Conserving – holding on to anything good that has happened up until now and building on it. When there is so much difficulty around, ‘preserving’ the little positive that there is becomes even more precious.
  • Commitment – staying in there and being explicit about what your commitment can be. Being realistic about what’s doable and not giving up or expecting things to change overnight.

Children's Mental Health Week - FEBRUARY 2020

Foundation Stage

For Mental Health week in Foundation Stage the children focussed on mindfulness. They loved taking part in Cosmic Yoga and mindfulness moments including snake and bear breathing. They also found mindful colouring and massage a good way to relax.

Year 1

Year 1 took part in a mindfulness activity with parents during the morning session. This was followed by a FIND YOUR BRAVE activity in class

Year 3

Year 3 used the text 'Ruby and the Rubbish Bin'. They looked at an image and discussed how it made them feel and what message it might be giving. The children then took part in a class discussion about the morals and lessons we could learn from the story.

Year 6

Year 6 looked at how we can talk positively to ourselves when feeling down and which qualities we can focus on when things feel hard and we need to be brave. We created this beautiful art work.

MHFA On the 13th and 14th February, Mrs Wadsworth will be attending a 2 day adult mental health first aid training course established by MHFA. It qualifies attendees as adult mental health first aidersJanuary 2020On the 20th and 21st January, Mrs Wadsworth is attending a two-day youth mental health first aid training course established by MHFA England. It qualifies attendees as youth mental health first aiders. Attendees will get a deep understanding of what mental health is and what factors can affect wellbeing. The course teaches delegates practical skills to spot the signs of mental illness and gives them the confidence to step in and support a person who needs assistance.
Young Minds

#HelloYellowOn the 10th October we will Say #HelloYellow and support children and young people’s mental health on World Mental Health Day. We will be wearing

yellow for a day of activities raising awareness about and supporting young

people’s mental health.

WE RAISED A FANTASTIC £361.65 FOR YOUNG MINDS - WELL DONE EVERYONE.Year 1In year 1 we read The Colour Monster by Anna Llanas. One day, Colour Monster wakes up feeling very confused. His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, sad and scared all at once! To help him, a little girl shows him what each feeling means through colour.

Using collage we each made our own colour monster. We then discussed our own feelings linked to colour and put our ideas of what makes us feel a certain way into jars; happy, sad, loved, scared and peace. Our jars and colour monster form part of our whole school #helloyellow display.

Year 2In year 2 we read a book all about emotions called 'Feelings' and discussed our own experiences of different emotions. Children wrote and illustrated ideas based on what makes them happy and what their idea of 'happiness' is. We also talked about sadness and times when we need to be brave as well as how we can make others happy and things we might do or say to show our people that we care about them.Later on we put on some relaxing music and lay down for a short meditation and then did some massage.

Year 4

Year 5

To acknowledge the importance of mental health in year 5, we discussed the meaning of the term "mental health". We analysed the differences between mental and physical health, and how they can affect each other. We then went on to read the book "My Strong Mind" which discusses the importance of being positive and resilient in the face of adversity. For our practical task we then created some of our own positive quotes to support people, who may be facing difficult times. This will be transformed into bunting displayed in year 5 to support positive well-being.

Staff Training
On the 10th October, we have 3 members of staff attending training on ' How to build emotional well-being in adults and children. We are looking forward to using and applying the knowledge gained;Learning Outcomes:

•Take the opportunity to reflect on your own energy levels and to develop a personal care plan.
•Discover how to enhance self-esteem and morale of all staff, and to check if adults are using positive language with each other and the children.
•Explore the importance of developing emotionally safe classrooms and playgrounds.
•See how the innate wisdom of children can be harnessed as a powerful forum for change.
5th July 20193RW visited St Helen's Church grounds to trial use of the area for future whole-school Forest School sessions starting in September 2019. The session began by orientating the children by heading round the whole four acre site, appreciating the sights and sounds and respecting our surroundings. It was an 'exploration-discover-create-reflect' session, which 3RW have practiced during their Forest School sessions in school this half-term. We then found a quiet spot in the memorial garden to practise some basic meditation and yoga which the children thoroughly enjoyed and engaged in. Next, children were set the task of collecting natural materials before creating pieces of art in their chosen groups. Finally, children were given time to explore the den-building area through play and adventure. Forest School session at St Helen's will not only further strengthen community links, but will also provide children with a range of cross-curricular learning opportunities and promote positive mental health and well-being. A truly fabulous morning!