The pupils participate actively in their weekly dedicated Wellbeing lesson, which is an extension of our pastoral provision. This lesson provides time for them to pause and consider ways to support their own wellbeing, and how they can help to promote the wellbeing of those around them.
At Bute House, Wellbeing lessons encompass Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) and Citizenship. Our modern, engaging and responsive Wellbeing curriculum explicitly teaches children about topics under the termly themes of ‘Relationships,’ ‘Living in the Wider World’ and ‘Health and Wellbeing.’
Lessons are varied and thought-provoking, from designing an ideal, caring community to considering how to challenge stereotypes to learning how to safeguard themselves and others. Through such topics, the children are inspired to think deeply about how they can contribute to making the world a better place, and support their own physical and mental wellbeing. The URStrong Friendology whole-school approach to managing friendships is also a key element of our Relationships education. The pupils spend time working on their Wellbeing Passports, through which they track their wellbeing journey throughout their time at Bute House.
Our Wellbeing curriculum is fully updated to comply with the Department for Education’s requirements and guidance for Relationships, Health and Sex Education (RSE) within primary schools. Parents are supported each term with suggestions of books and discussion points to allow them to be involved in their child’s education on these vital topics.
The celebration of notable days/weeks (Mental Health Week, Anti-Bullying Week and E-Safety Day) with workshops and dedicated special events, residential trips from Year 3 and up, and the Connections and Reflections (C&R) curriculum complement the Wellbeing lessons to support a comprehensive pastoral approach.
Our Year 6 Wellbeing Ambassadors are student leaders when it comes to supporting the overall wellbeing of Bute House pupils. They help lead mental health and wellbeing-related assemblies, guide Reception pupils to the playground in the mornings, and generate ideas to feature in weekly Wellbeing Wednesdays on the school’s social media.