There are lots of useful guides and advice that can be found to improve wellbeing; the National Health Service in the UK has gathered together evidence and summarised their findings into the following 5 steps:
- Connect with other people
- Be physically active
- Learn new skills
- Give to others
- Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)
At BIS, we try to build these into what we do each week, beginning with our youngest children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). In F1, F2 and F3, we have 3 prime areas:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
As the children develop in these areas, they will have the skills to connect with others, be physically active, learn skills, etc. Everyday our skilled teachers will identify the next steps for the children and encourage them to engage in activities that will help them to be more confident in themselves.
On Thursday morning, it was wonderful to see so many of our F1 parents joining us for our ‘Physical Development Morning’. The morning was split in two, with half the children in the Sports Hall working on their gross motor skills and the others in the F1 area concentrating on fine motor skills. Ms Juliette explains more in this post:
F1 Physical Development Morning
MFL Coffee Morning
At various stages in a child’s education there are decisions to be made about which subjects to study. Most of these occur when the children are at secondary school, but the first is happening right now for our Year 2 families. On Monday morning, Ms Sophie and the Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) team, hosted a coffee morning for Year 2 parents to share how we teach languages at BIS, and the choice of languages the children have.
Up to Year 2, the children learn French, Spanish and Mandarin for one term each year. From Year 3 onwards, the children need to specialise in one of those languages.
Thank you to all those parents who attended the coffee morning, and for those who were unable to attend, you can see the presentation that Ms Sophie shared by clicking on the link below:
MFL Coffee Morning