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Our Vision

At Oatlands Infants we strive for all pupils and staff to feel confident, calm and included in our school and local community.  We believe that achieving this will enable pupils to make the best possible progress whilst feeling happy and enthusiastic about themselves and their learning. 

Advice and Concerns

If you feel the need to seek advice about your child's mental health and wellbeing we have three members of staff in school for you to contact via the office:

Mrs Anderson - Headteacher and Wellbeing Lead

Mrs Anderson  - Headteacher and Wellbeing Lead 1

Mrs Shaw - Dolphins Class Teacher and PSHE Lead

Mrs Shaw - Dolphins Class Teacher and PSHE Lead 1

Miss Foy - Otters Class Teacher and SENDCo

Miss Foy - Otters Class Teacher and SENDCo 1
Equally, if your child would like to speak to a member of staff please encourage them to speak to their class teacher or one of the above members of staff.

Compass Buzz

Compass Buzz is an exciting, new, innovative and free project that aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people aged 5-18 (25 with SEND) in schools across North Yorkshire.

All staff at Oatlands have been trained at Level One standard with key staff completing Level Two, Three and Four training.

Jigsaw

 

The children participate in weekly 'Jigsaw' sessions every Thursday afternoon. Jigsaw is a fantastic approach to the teaching of PSHE and is used at both Oatlands Infant School and Oatlands Junior School. It is a whole-school philosophy that builds all the elements of social skills, emotional literacy and mindfulness. 

Each year group has a Jigsaw 'friend' that is used as a distancing tool to aid children in real-life situations that they may be faced with in their lives. It also guides the children through the 6 jigsaw puzzles of learning:

  • Being Me In My World
  • Celebrating Difference
  • Dreams and Goals
  • Healthy Me
  • Relationships
  • Changing Me

 

What Does Jigsaw Cover?

 

  • Sex and relationship education (age appropriate)
  • Body image and relationships with food
  • Influences including technology and social networking
  • Bullying - including cyber-bullying and homophobic bullying
  • Personal safety and safeguarding
  • Diversity
  • Global citizenship
  • Financial awareness and enterprise
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Lego Therapy

Lego Therapy is a small group, interactive session of around 40 minutes that has been proved to be effective for children and adults with Autism, Asperger Syndrome, developmental disorders, anxiety and depression. The goals of Lego Therapy are to: improve motivation to initiate social interaction with peers, improve ability to sustain interaction with peers and develop flexibility of thought and problem solving skills. 

 

Through the sessions children are encouraged to communicate with each other - while supported by a member of staff - by being given different roles. 

The ‘engineer’ gives descriptions of the pieces needed and the directions for assembling them.
The ‘supplier’ finds the pieces described and hands them to the builder.
The ‘builder’ follows the engineer’s directions and puts the pieces together.

 

The different jobs with a joint purpose mean that the children practise attention, turn-taking, sharing, joint problem solving , listening and social communication skills.

 

At Oatlands Infant School we run Lego Therapy twice a week for selected children whose needs fit the criteria.  We have a teaching assistant who has received training from the Communication and Interaction Enhanced Mainstream School (EMS) who has, along with the SENDCo, delivered further training to other members of staff.

Mindfulness Club

Mindfulness Club runs on a Tuesday lunchtime for Year 2 children led by Mrs Shaw and Thursday lunchtimes for Year 1 children led by Miss Foy.  It is an 'open door' club where children can choose to attend when they feel they need or want to.  Each week the sessions are catered for the children's needs, such as making dream catchers if the pupils have shared that they are suffering from bad dreams or struggling to sleep.  Other activities include yoga, filling a worry jar, practicing breathing techniques, mindfulness colouring and sharing general worries and concerns.

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Nurture Group

Each year has a Nurture Group which run every Monday afternoon for years 1 and 2 and every Wednesday afternoon for Reception children.  This is a session which children are invited to attend if parents and teachers feel a child would benefit from small-group activities that focus on mental health and wellbeing.  Activities are practical and interactive giving the children opportunities to practise: team work, asking and answering questions, social cues such as eye-contact and turn-taking all while in a supportive, caring and calm environment.

We hope you all have a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you back on Tuesday 3rd September.
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