Mental Health and Wellbeing

Learning about Mental Health and Wellbeing

We are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff.  Emotional wellbeing is a clear indicator of academic achievement, success and satisfaction in later life. Evidence shows that mental health and wellbeing programmes in schools, can lead to significant improvements in children’s mental health, and social and emotional skills. Wellbeing provision in schools can also lead to reductions in classroom misbehaviour and bullying. We understand that everyone experiences different life challenges; these can make us feel vulnerable at times. Everyone needs emotional support at times. We take the view that everyone has a role to play when it comes to positive mental health.


 At our school we:

  • help children to understand their emotions and feelings better                             
  • help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
  • help children socially to form and maintain relationships
  • promote self-esteem and ensure children know that they count
  • encourage children to be confident and acknowledge their differences
  • help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks 



Year 4 Box Breathing- Box breathing is a deep breathing technique that can help you slow down your breathing. It works by distracting your mind as you count to four, calming your nervous system, and decreasing stress in your body.

View the video that the children have made to demonstrate this technique (or Click here to download the box breathing video)

Coping Skills – Throughout the year, children learn a range of strategies to deal with difficult times. In this video, the children explained how they coped with this difficult year.


Action for Happiness – Children have been learning 10 keys to happier living.

Fun activities you can do at home to support wellbeing.

What makes me happy?

The children thought about what friendship means and what makes them feel happy. Please see the video below.

Useful links

CAMHS resources

A really helpful website which includes, downloadable self-help activities, information guides, videos and more

 Supporting your child during the coronavirus outbreak

Government guidance on supporting children and young people's mental health during the coronavirus

Many ways to share a hug' - Social Story

Ten tips for talking to your child

How to tell children and young people that someone is seriously ill

A lovely, printable 14 day mindfulness activity challenge

A coronavirus story

Dr Chris and Dr Xand are here to tell you why the coronavirus might not be as scary as it sounds.

Action for Happiness - Coping Calendar

100 positive things every kid needs to hear'

Apps for Wellbeing and Mental Health

A list of apps complied by Dorset Young Minds

Stop, Breathe and Think App

Check in with how you are feeling and try short activities tuned to your emotions

Smiling Mind App

A great app with age specific mindfulness resources, including a new resource, 'Thrive Inside'.

Thrive Inside is a special program to help you stay psychologically healthy while you are spending extended periods of time at home.

Cosmic Kids Yoga and Mindfulness App

This app often has a two-week trial available

Helpful Articles

The discomfort you are feeling is grief

Calming Activities, Mindfulness, Breathing, Yoga Videos and More...

 Childline Calm-Zone

 An activity for grounding and calming