I am delighted to announce the creation of ‘Skills with Frills’ original and signature workshop day, ‘Wellbeing Warriors.’
Delivery of this Learning Experience typically lasts the full school day. It’s aimed at upper key stage 2, but is easily adapted for children lower down school or further up. The workshop focus is mental health and wellbeing, something that children (and staff) are frankly crying out for across the country. The workshop has been carefully designed to take children through a journey aimed at creating a positive, ‘Growth Mindset’, better relationships and a happier life.
We begin the day with rules and expectations, followed by a simple question: What does a warrior look like? After considering what it truly means to have the qualities of a warrior, we begin working through the warrior code as follows:
Work hard: understanding and training yourself to have a Growth Mindset.
Appreciate: being thankful for all you have, including yourself.
Risk-hunting: understanding the biology of Fight, Flight and Freeze, and using this knowledge to support you as you step out of your comfort zone.
Resilience: considering the ‘Iceberg Illusion’ of success and how failure only makes us stronger.
Invest in Kindness: practising kindness and reaping the benefits in how you feel.
Observe (B.E.S.T): Mindfully observing breath, emotions, surroundings and thoughts.
Responsibility: Owning your responsibilities and the choices that you make, no matter what life throws at you.
Activities are chunked and varied to keep students engaged; including a mix of discussion, practical activities, video clips, stories from real-life people and written/drawing activities completed in workbooks provided at the start of the session. Students are invited to take these workbooks home in the hope that they will use them as a self-made, self-help guide in times of need.
This workshop incorporates elements of Mindfulness teaching, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Growth Mindset, Neuroscience, Biology and theory/practice relating to Happiness teaching. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that we’re also building up writing, comprehension, speaking and listening skills along the way.
Want to see this taught in your school? Still have questions? Call Jo on 07719330358 or email email@example.com and we’ll be happy to discuss this workshop further.
Just to whet your appetite, here’s some feedback from year 6 students at Walton Academy, following a day-long workshop. As part of their plenary, they were asked to write down one thing they’d learnt; one thing they’d do as a result of the day’s learning; and one thing they would say differently. The answers speak for themselves!
Categories: Mindfulness and Yoga, Positive Psychology, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Skill-based Learning, Skills with Frills Learning Experiences, Special Education Needs, Teaching and Learning
Really like this course. Getting into this type of personal development at key stage 2 can only build the resilience into children at any earlier stage. I see this type of work being developed for stage 3 and 4 locally in the local Academies with some success but honestly feel key stage 2 is where this needs to start happening by the time they are at key stage 4 and exams it will be a habit they have learned and developed and hopefully coping with exams rather than getting exam anxiety.
Thank you so much. And yes, I totally agree. We’re facing an epidemic of mental health problems and it’s shocking just how low down in school that this is already evident. We wouldn’t wait until high school to teach punctuation or column addition. In much the same way, explicit teaching of happiness basically needs to start early on. If not, we’re just waiting until bad habits, negative thought patterns and poor self esteem have taken hold and are MUCH harder to break down.