We are a PATHS school
PATHS is a key part or our school curriculum and it stands for
Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies
At Holy Spirit, we actively promote the positive well-being and emotional well-being of our children by incorporating PATHS into our daily life. The programme, which has been developed by Barnardo's, empowers all our children to develop the fundamental social and emotional learning skills, which will enable them to make positive choice throughout life.
PATHS is designed to be taught two or more times per week for a minimum of 20-30 minutes per day. Systematic, developmentally-based lessons, materials, and instructions are provided to facilitate emotional literacy, self-control, social competence, positive peer relations, and interpersonal problem-solving skills. Key objectives in promoting these developmental skills are to prevent and to reduce behavioral and emotional problems.
At the start of every month, your child will bring home some PATHS homework. We post on our Twitter page about our PATHS/SEL learning in school and we will also post things that you can do with your child too.
The main aims of PATHS
WE ARE A PATHS SCHOOL
We have applied for the SEL Worldwide Model School Award. We're proud to share with you this video giving a brief insight into the PATHS curriculum in action throughout our school. We are so proud of how successful PATHS has been in Holy spirit and how wonderfully adaptable the children have been. They are now much more confident in talking about their feelings and emotions rather than demonstrating them through behaviour. EYFS and Year 1 can tell you all about 'doing the turtle' and Y2 upwards can use the three steps for calming down/control signals to help us when we feel uncomfortable. We'll update you with any news about the award... fingers crossed for us!
Check out Reception showing us how to 'do the turtle'...
How can you help your child?
It would be great if you could use the same techniques with your children, at home. This would further help them to regulate their feelings and be hugely beneficial to them. Consistency is key...
See below for information about how you child is encouraged to deal with their uncomfortable feelings.
PATHS Pals are an amazing bunch of children who encourage everyone to follow the fair play rules, have fun and include everyone at play times! They go out of their way to be kind to others and to help others feel more comfortable.
Our coach met with the children, in Year 4 who wanted to be a PATHS Pal, and delivered training to them. They were trained to help teach children new games and to problem solve using the PATHS strategies. They learnt:
- what characteristics they need to be a PATHS Pal
- games to play on the playground and during wet play
- how to look out for children who are lonely or hurt, and
- what to do to help.
If your child is a PATHS Pal, be sure to ask them how they help other children to feel happier and more included on our playground (Proud parent moment!).
SEL at home
For over a year now, our school community has been interrupted by the pandemic - life has been completely different. However, what hasn't changed is that our children and their families have still excelled at promoting SEL (Social and emotional learning) in their homes. They are creative, enthusiastic, and most importantly of all, they are able to manage their emotions. We have a truly authentic school-family-community partnership. Thank you to all our wonderful parents who also worked really hard, in sometimes difficult circumstances - you all did your children, and yourselves, proud! Check out some of the SEL during the lockdowns.
Rainforest Camp Award
As a school, we innately promote social and emotional learning as we know that we can face some tricky times in our lives. During lockdown, alongside the school as a whole, the Rainforest Camp (our nurture room) posted daily SEL activities for all our children to access to help them recognise and manage their emotions and to be thankful of others. PATHS and Barnardo's recognised our school's work and gave us a Superstar Award for truly making a difference.
Children's Mental Health Week
Children's Mental Health Week was celebrated 1st-7th February and the theme was 'Express Yourself'. Place2Be launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.
Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good. It’s important to remember that being able to express yourself is not about being the best at something or putting on a performance for others. It is about finding a way to show who you are, and how you see the world, that can help you feel good about yourself.
For Children's Mental Health Week 2021 we encouraged our children to explore the different ways we can express ourselves, and the creative ways that we can share our feelings, our thoughts and our ideas.
National Compliment Day
World Mental Health Day
World Kindness Day
13.11.20 was World Kindness Day, where we were encouraged to ‘be the I in kind’.
When we see kindness in action, we are more likely to carry out an act of kindness too – imagine if everyone did this!
What an incredible World Kindness Day we had in Holy Spirit. We focused on all the kind things that we do, and why we do them, and let our compassion shine brightly. Year 6 led the way on Thursday 12th November, by accepting a special mission from Miss Walsh, where they had to colour Holy Spirit with kindness - their graffiti art was amazing! The Rainforest Camp showed how they can change the world with their own two hands too.
As a PATHS school, we were also given a kindness challenge from Pippa. She asked if everyone in Holy Spirit how they could show that they could be the I in kind. We enjoyed discussions and we demonstrated how we can be the ‘I’ in kind with an interactive 'Be the I in kind' display in the hall as well as individual class tasks; we showed just how wonderfully kind we are! Twitter was alive with our kindness!
All of the children in Year 6, during World Kindness Day, presented each member of staff in Holy Spirit with a compliments sheet, filled with thoughtful compliments. This thoughtful act of kindness was a lovely way to say thank you to all of our wonderful staff in Holy Spirit. In addition to this, staff were greeted with a beautiful staff shout out board, in our staffroom, which was filled with such lovely compliments about each other.
May we always remember that every day can be a day that we can
be kind to one another.
Anti Bullying Week
The week beginning 16.11.20 was Anti-Bullying Week. The theme for Anti-Bullying Week 2020 was ‘United Against Bullying’ and we started the week off with an Odd Socks Day. We thought about friendship and what we think a good friend looks like and we introduced our PATHS golden rule
– treat others how you want to be treated –
We’ve created some anti-bullying canvasses for display within school showing how we can unite together, as a team, against Bullying.
This week, our Mid-day supervisors have taken part in some socially distanced, AST Training with our PATHS coach. This will further support our children with teamwork and co-operative play on the playground. It also ensures that all our staff are using the same strategies and language, consistent to our children, when helping them with their emotions.
You may have noticed that your child is now bringing home PATHS homework once a month. It's really important that you know what we're learning about and how we deal with our emotions inside school too. The children's effort with their homework has been outstanding and I am so proud of them; it's not always easy to label or talk about our feelings and emotions, but together we can do it! It's been great to see you engaging on Twitter with us and wonderful to know that you too see the importance of our PATHS learning. Ask your child what they've learnt in PATHS this week...
Don't forget to check out our Twitter page, every day, to see our PATHS learning.