We started the week by celebrating International Happiness Day on Monday 20th March. In whole school worship, we explored the GREAT of the acronym GREAT DREAM 10 keys to happier living. We talked about Giving (do things for others), Relating (connect with people), Exercising (take care of your body), Awareness (live life mindfully) and Trying Out (keep learning new things). In the afternoon, Sophia Cleverly of Relax Kids joined class teachers and children of all ages in a range of activities. In Owlet Class, a star smiley cushion was passed around for the children to hug and pass on with a smile. In Owl Class, children talked about emotions being like the weather on Mr Boyer's calendar and discussed watching their thoughts and emotions, choosing which one to jump on board to "catch" (like a bus). Children in Panda Class and Rhino Class created big waves through the linking of hands and discussed how we are each part of the school community, linked together.
Children in each class created paper chain links filled with pupils’ happy thoughts and at the end of the day, we came together to learn about the DREAM of the GREAT DREAM. We talked about Direction (have goals to look forward to), Resilience (find ways to bounce back), Emotions (focus on what’s good), Acceptance (be comfortable with who you are) and Meaning (be part of something bigger). We added together the sections of the chain (11.84m!) and this is now hanging in the entrance hall, do take a look. The day was a great success: not only did the children have fun making the chains, they learnt about some of the things that have a positive impact on people’s overall happiness and well-being.