Health and Wellbeing.
This is a subject which I strongly, strongly believe should be introduced more throughout every single year spent within school. I understand that a lot will be covered within this as it is a main focus within the curriculum however personally I find that many teachers are too shy or uncomfortable with exploring some topics which arise in this area of the curriculum. As a teacher I will ensure I’m a positive figure that children know they can approach when they have difficult questions or problems that they possibly don’t feel comfortable with taking to their friends or family.
Mental and Emotional Wellbeing is a subject I find isn’t explained as much as it should be in the primary school. Children must understand that what they feel can take over their mental health if they don’t talk about it. They must understand that it’s okay to feel a range of emotions but they should learn to overcome feelings which make them upset and unhappy to allow their mental health to stay strong. They must be aware that support is available for them and that they are not alone! Children must understand that building strong relationships impacts their mental health as I feel some children and even myself forget this/find this difficult to understand until things get tough. Many children and adults think that being alone is what they need however it’s hard to understand how this affects your mental health until you experience it. I think that this may be the case because it’s not explained enough by some teachers and parents which is why I’m excited to cover this area with the children in my classroom so I am able to make a change to their lives in the long run!
Social Wellbeing is something I wasn’t actually familiar with until this semester. I think this is an area which is so important within the classroom as all pupils will be able to understand each other and communicate with each other and myself in respectful manners where they can explore opinions and views without causing distress to anyone. This is so important for children to build and gain confidence within themselves which will strength their self worth. Children will be able to gain a true sense of belonging as they will understand how important and special they are within their school and community. I think this is one of the most important factors for young individuals as many of them won’t experience this in their home life where their confidence and self worth may be very low and due to this they will struggle to build strong relationships with others therefore it is essential they experience this and understand this through school. I’m thrilled to be introducing/explaining this area within my own classroom as I will be making a huge change to each individual allowing them to feel good about themselves.
Physical Wellbeing is an area which I was so nervous to learn about as I felt it would be centred around physical exercise which I personally struggle with. However learning and reading about physical wellbeing has made me more confident as there’s so much more to it than exercise. It’s very important that children understand what is good/bad for their body and how this actually affects them. When speaking to children and being surrounded by them I find that yes they understand what foods and drinks are good/bad however they don’t care. I find that they don’t care because they don’t fully understand the consequences of them – which is why I’m looking forward to teaching them about this as it will inform them on areas which their family members or peers don’t know about. It’s also so important for children to fully understand how to be safe and how to keep others safe when possible.
This is a prime example of why children need to understand how to be safe and what to do in a serious, unfortunate accident. Most of the time children will be surrounded by one or more adults therefore if anything happens usually there’s someone to help. However in the case of an extreme emergency where the responsibility falls upon the child they must have an understanding of what to do to allow their mental and emotional wellbeing remaining stable throughout the aftermath.
Overall I am looking forward to making a positive difference in many young individuals lives when teaching health and wellbeing.