at what we do here at Merritts Brook Academy:



  • Building positive relationships with the children and parents is a crucial aspect of positive mental health and wellbeing.
  • Provide the children with a safe, secure and nurturing environment.
  • We promote a positive, can do attitude and celebrate achievements.
  • We follow the MBA values and use the house point system. Give praise when the children make positive decisions, make the correct choices etc.
  • We support individual children when they have PSED challenges- this may be through 1:1, small group work etc.
  • Workshops that we deliver to parents supports the above – such as family snack morning ..
  • We have a weekly PSED(Personal, Social and Emotional) sessions that focus on teaching the learning outcomes for this aspect of learning.
  • Health and Social care is one of the prime aspects of our EYFS curriculum. Through this teaching and learning, we are supporting the children to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills about the children’s own health & wellbeing. Supporting them to manage their own self-care.
  • Teach the children to be ‘safety inspectors’ and manage their own safety.

Year 1

  • After register in the morning we talk about how we are feeling and why we are feeling like that today.
  • Each child is given the opportunity to speak and share.
  • Lots of praise is provided to the children throughout the day.
  • We focus on the positives and use the positive reinforcements throughout the day.
  • Encourage the children to say something nice to their friends and how we can make them smile.
  • We address our mental wellbeing and health through stories and songs and discuss the issues in those stories/songs.
  • We discuss our mental wellbeing and health throughout our weekly PSHCE lessons via Jigsaw.
  • At the end of the day we talk as a class about the three positives that we have experienced throughout the day.
  • Talk about what makes us all feel special.
  • Talk about what I’m good at and what I’d like to learn to do.
  • Talk about kind communication.
  • We share a smile or a thumbs up with our friends throughout the day.

Year 2

  • Discussion of mental wellbeing, what is it? Why do we do it?
  • Discuss what we are thankful for?
  • Take part in breathing activities -colour breathing, box breathing, picturing a calm place.
  • Rabbit mindfulness- making faces.
  • Hug yourself
  • Wait for the rainbow- write worries on clouds, things that make you happy on rainbows.
  • Various mindfulness- colour and visualise happy place.
  •  Yoga  exercises
  • The power of laughter- making someone laugh and telling jokes.
  • Hello Yellow day
  • PE – Discuss about how physical activity helps mental health.
  • During science the class discuss sleeping and healthy eating.

Year 3

  • Discussion of mental health and how to spot signs on how to see the positive in situations.
  • Asking children to reflect on the positives of their day/week and what they could better and how.
  • Morning questions: What am I looking forward to today? What I am grateful for today? What emotions I am feeling today that are helping me? What positive affirmation am I  going to say today?
  • Afternoon questions: What was the highlight of my day? What was the proudest moment today? What was my biggest achievement today? What did I learn today?
  • Breathing activities-colour breathing, box breathing, picture a calm place
  • Bubble hug
  • Mindfulness handwriting
  • Telling jokes
  • Sleeping and healthy eating help mental health.
  • Hello Yellow day
  • Mental Health Board

Year 4

  • Calm, respectable learning environment where everyone feels safe and secure.
  • Forest school activities
  • Jigsaw programme-PHSCE
  • UNICEF – Equality vs Equality lesson
  • Black History Month
  • Mental health display board in each class to affirm the importance of thing and talking about mental health and wellbeing with pupils.
  • Mindfulness activities in class.
  • R&R Curriculum
  • Hello Yellow Day
  • Upon entering the classroom, we ensure positive learning environment each day.

Year 5

  • PHSHE – Jigsaw and use of calming time within the session.
  • Team games in the morning or before break and lunch.
  • Listening to music whilst working – piano or calming music.
  • A respectful learning environment.
  • Competitive but friendly completions involving maths games either against myself of half the class vs the other half of the class – spin the wheel game.
  • Story time before lunch
  • Class discussions during assemblies
  • Encouraging children to ask when they need help, even about something small.
  • Hello Yellow Day
  • Tudor Day- we use this as a way to create and teach children about Tudor daily life

Year 6

  • Hello Yellow day – discussions throughout the day about diversity, equality.
  • Positive reinforcements at all times and discussions about how we can turn a negative into a positive.
  • Home work is graded on effort not attainment.
  • Daily class novel- talk through the issues the characters have and how they could be helped.
  • Lunchtime/wet play mindfulness colouring and calming music to chill and relax.
  • Games with the class vs teacher linked to different area of the school curriculum- friendly competition.
  • PE lessons once a wee and a 10 minute extra session for Yoga every 2 weeks in class.

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