Supporting Our Children
Our nurturing ethos ensures that children at Woodlands learn in a safe and caring environment. Children are taught emotional literacy skills through whole class SEMH sessions, circle time activities, targeted intervention, theme weeks and externally provided sessions/assemblies.
Our SMSC and PSHCE curriculum allow for us to ensure children have access to opportunities which enable them to build their self-esteem and social skills. Children across school take part in regular mental health lessons through Jigsaw lessons and interventions making use of Zippy, Apple and Passport programmes. These sessions look at managing emotional well-being and developing strategies to support reducing anxiety and stress.
For all our children, we have worry boxes available and initiatives such as daily mood check-ins, meet and greet and snack and chat sessions where children can talk about their feelings on a daily basis.
In addition to the above, Woodlands operates a Behaviour Curriculum 'The Woodlands Ways'. In order to build character, we define the behaviours and habits that we expect children to demonstrate. We aim to support our children to grow into adults who are respectful, responsible, resilient and safe and who put others before themselves. We believe that, as children practise these behaviours over time, they become habits that positively shape how they feel about themselves and how other people perceive them.
The Reflection Room
Our Reflection Room is used as safe space for children to explore their emotions through 1:1 or small group targeted intervention with access to a range of alternative resources, including sensory provision and role play.
Reflection Room - 2021-22
Our Learning Mentor, Mrs Grant, manages our Reflection Room and provides 1:1 and small group intervention to targeted children.
User the Hyperlinks below to find out more about people working hard to support children's emotional wellbeing and Mental Health in Oldham
Healthy Young Minds Oldham (formerly CAMHS) offer specialist services to children and young people who are experiencing mental health and emotional wellbeing difficulties.
They help children and young people up to the age of 18 years and provide support to their families/carers.
Some of the problems that HYM help children with include:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder)
More complex psychological difficulties
The Youth in Mind initiative is specifically targeted to respond to the needs of children and young people.
Youth in Mind prioritise two main areas. Firstly, they work closely with schools to raise awareness of mental health issues and provide education and support to children, parents, teachers and governors. Secondly, they offer an innovative range of therapeutic services that can be tailored to meet both school, community and individual needs.
Youth in Mind offer drop in sessions, both 1:1 and group support in the centre of Oldham
The following websites have lots of child friendly information about looking after your emotional wellbeing and mental health