When starting school a strong sense of wellbeing is fundamentally connected to children’s sense of belonging, being and becoming.
When children feel well, happy, secure and socially successful they are able to fully participate in and learn from the daily routines, play, interactions and experiences in their early childhood setting.
The Reception children are engaged in the following learning experiences to support the development of their wellbeing;
• What’s The Buzz
• Move To Learn
• Buddy Class
• Fruity Friday
• Nature Play
What’s the Buzz
What’s the Buzz is a unique sixteen lesson social skills program which uses lively stories, role plays and play based programs to teach children how to think and relate to others in social situations.
It features everyday themes such as how to greet, make and keep friends, fit in, read one’s own emotions, read the feeling of others, deal with competition and cope with worry, frustration and disappointment more constructively.
The program is written by Mark Le Messurier and Madhavi Parker. From the start of the year we have been using this program to develop confidence, resilience and social skills in students.
The Move to Learn
The Move to Learn program is based on the simple and flexible natural movements of babies and toddlers. Comprising of a warm up and 9 simple sequences it covers all the essentials that every child needs to establish an effective foundation for academic learning.
Since the beginning of the year we have been using these programs to ensure that each Reception student feels supported in their transition into school life.
It has been wonderful to witness the students embrace the program and settle in, make friends and begin their schooling journey at SPW.
Thank you to the Reception Teachers for sharing this story