Health & Wellbeing

At Dame Dorothy Primary School this year we are having a focus upon well-being. This area has been identified by the Government as requiring a raised profile within schools. Recent studies have shown that childhood obesity and mental health issues have significantly increased, especially within the North East, which has the third highest prevalence of obesity in the country. As a school we have decided to focus upon the following areas:

  • Physical Wellbeing – mainly looking at exercise and sleep
  • Health Wellbeing – healthy diet and the importance of water
  • Mental Wellbeing – managing relationships, feelings and dealing with problems

We have planned to focus on the 5 ways to well-being over the year and the children will be taking part in lessons and activities to support their learning and understanding in these areas. To aid you in knowing what your child is being taught we will be sending information to parents about all of the areas we look at in school on a regular basis on the weekly newsletter.

  • Five steps to mental well being

We will be promoting well-being with a fun week of activities from the 12th November. The whole school will be taking part in a wide variety of activities and sessions led by different providers. Over the year we will look at many different aspects of well-being with the children these will include:

  • Healthy Eating
  • Sleep
  • Water
  • Mental Well-being
  • Teeth

Throughout school the children are taught a PHSE curriculum (circle time). The topics covered each term are:

  • New beginnings
  • Getting on and falling out
  • Going for goals
  • Good to be me
  • Relationships
  • Changes
  • Say no to bullying

  Useful websites

  • Community Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service
  • Mind | Washington
  • Wellbeing Info for Young People
  • Young Minds

  5 Ways to Well-being Within school we actively promote the ‘5 Ways to Well-being’ throughout the school from Nursery to Year 6.    Please click here to view our Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy.