What is It?
The Happiness Project is a series of classroom sessions where we explore issues relating to emotional health and wellbeing. Teaching children how to understand and manage their feelings and emotions.
The sessions teach children practical life skills to develop their emotional intelligence and prepare them for their adulthood.
In February 2019, the DFE recently released their Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education statutory guidance for governing bodies, proprietors, head teachers, principals, senior leadership teams, teachers. In that they said:
“Todays children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities but also challenges and risks.
In this environment children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic personal and social lives in a positive way.”
Therefore, the department of education has made relationships and health -education compulsory in all primary schools.
In primary schools, we want the subjects to put in place the key building blocks of healthy, respectful relationships focusing on the family and friendships in all contexts, including online.
Teaching about mental wellbeing is central to these subjects, especially as a priority for parents is their children’s happiness. All of this content should support the wider work of schools in helping to foster pupil wellbeing and develop resilience and character that we know is fundamental to pupils being happy, successful and productive members of society.
Central to this is the pupil's ability to believe that they can achieve goals, both academic and personal. To stick to tasks that will help them achieve these goals even when the reward may be distant for uncertain and to recover from knocks and challenging periods on their lives.
We have developed 10 essential PHSE lessons which cover the requirements set out by the DFE in the Relationships, Sex and Health education statutory guidance for schools.
Our sessions are:
Stress Buster/ SATS Stress Buster
Social Media and Technology
Success vs. Failure
Sessions are delivered by Play Therapists who will be using therapeutic language and strategies to develop the above skills in your children week by week. They will bring resources and props to help generate discussions. Our Leaders are specifically trained to lead potentially emotive, sensitive sessions. Guiding children through their feelings and experiences within the session in a safe way and responding to the children's thoughts, reactions and feelings with warmth, empathy and no-judgement. Ensuring all children feel heard, valued and cared for.
Who is it for?
All of our sessions are 1 hour long and are aimed at year 5 and 6 primary school-aged children. Sessions are delivered by TPC Teach trained leaders. Sessions are usually £80 a class and 10 of these are included in your Therapeutic Schools Programme. If you have two-year groups or more, you may want to increase the number of PHSE sessions and opt-out of the midday training support to allocate that time to more HP sessions. Or alternatively, you can buy additional sessions to support the whole year group if you prefer.
These sessions are therapeutic circle time sessions which are based on sharing, talking and reflecting on feelings Sessions are delivered by Play Therapists who will be using therapeutic language and strategies to develop the above skills in your children week by week. They will bring resources and props to help generate discussions. Our Leaders are specifically trained to lead potentially emotive, sensitive sessions. Guiding children through their feelings and experiences within the session in a safe way and responding to the children's thoughts, reactions and feelings with warmth, empathy and no-judgement. Ensuring all children feel heard, valued and cared for.
Sessions are designed to:
develop creative thinking
encourage eye contact
Develop a positive mindset
increase emotional intelligence
Teach core life lessons
We strongly believe that in order for schools to cultivate real long-lasting impact - the children should be taught to understand and manage their wellbeing. We get the conversations started in year 5 or 6 because we know this is when they need guidance that is focused on real-life challenges, topics and skills. Our aim is to help the children become self-aware, emotionally intelligent young people. Sessions are emotive, inspiring and empowering and are very well received by the children.