Mindful Mondays are an initiative that have taken place in KS1 throughout the last academic year. These sessions take place every Monday morning from 9am-9.15am. Staff share weekly ideas from the Action for Happiness Calendar, which encourages the children to complete mindful activities such as: ‘Look out for positive news and reasons to be cheerful this week’ or ‘Take time to think about what you have done well this week’.
Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA)
At Brougham Primary school we have two trained specialist teaching assistants with a wealth of experience of working with children. An ELSA is a warm and caring person who wants to help your child feel happy in school and to reach their potential educationally. Their aim is to remove the barriers to learning and to have happy children in school and at home.
ELSAs will help children learn to understand their emotions and respect the feelings of those around them. They can provide time and space for pupils to think about their personal circumstances and how they can manage them. We have two ELSAs in school, Miss Allison and Miss Illingworth who both work closely together to support children throughout the school who may have difficulties in the following areas:
- Loss and bereavement
- Social skills
- Friendship Issues
- Anger Management
- Supporting children with the understanding of the pandemic
At Brougham Primary school we adopt a whole school approach to yoga by using YogaBugs Virtual. This is a bespoke school programme that supports the whole school’s mental health and wellbeing. The programme helps children to manage their emotions, improves listening skills and concentration, improves children’s confidence, improves children’s balance, coordination and core strength and helps all children feel calm and relaxed.
Move it with Max
Move it with Max is an evidence based movement programme aimed at Early Years that teaches fundamental movement skills through story books
Our Change4life sports club is and exciting programme that aims to engage pupils in physical activity and school sport. The clubs have been designed to give children the necessary skills and confidence to be able to take part in sporting competitions and become comfortable with competing in their school or against other schools.
Every Thursday, after school, Mrs Hopkins runs a football training session for Year 5 and Year 6 pupils. Each year, the football squad enter into the School Cluster League and Cluster School Cup. This year our football team made it to the Cup final and in 2019 we won! The squad also take part in the Hartlepool United Football Tournament and Penalty Shoot-Out.
Futsal is a form of small-sided indoor football. It is played by two teams who each have five players on the pitch at one time with rolling substitutes and a smaller ball that is harder and less bouncy than a usual football. Each year our KS2 pupils take part in a Futsal tournament and thoroughly enjoy taking part.
For those pupils who are keen to compete within intra school and inter school competitions Mrs Hopkins runs an after-school club to help pupils practise specific skills and techniques linked to a range of sports in advance of up and coming events and competitions. The sports that are covered throughout the year are netball, basketball, kwik cricket, golf, dodgeball, athletics, tag rugby and multisport.
Every Tuesday, after school, Mrs Auton runs a netball training session for KS2 pupils. Each year, the netball squad enter into inter school competitions.
We have strong links with Hartlepool Athletics Club who complete weekly sessions delivered by experienced coaches with children in all year groups. These sessions teach the children a wide range of skills and techniques for all aspects of Athletics
Collective Cluster Sports Partnership
As part of our partnership we take part in a competition calendar which includes a whole school year of competitive and non-competitive sporting tournaments and festivals. These events also allow pupils to progress to Hartlepool town, Tees Valley and Cleveland County finals. This allows our pupils the opportunity to take part in over 18 different competitive sports over the school year.
Orienteering is a challenging outdoor adventure sport that exercises both the mind and the body. The aim is to navigate in sequence between control points marked on a unique orienteering map and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. We have recently added orienteering to our outdoor P.E. curriculum to complement the outdoor and adventurous aspect of the National Curriculum through the training and support from Cleveland Orienteering Club.
Our Forest School gives the children an opportunity to explore nature whilst developing a holistic approach to learning. Within the Forest School, we aim to have an inclusive and creative ethos where children can develop social skills and team-work through activities and resources that are accessible to all.
During every session, the children are given opportunities to explore making things with natural materials. They are encouraged to use their initiative and explore independently to make and build things using natural materials. All the activities will have the aim of boosting confidence and self-esteem and include developing outdoor survival skills such as building shelters, using tools and cooking on a camp fire.
At Brougham Primary school we ensure that no child is too hungry to learn through the provision of a healthy breakfast snack.
Our school is supported by Greggs Breakfast which ensures that we offer nutritious food to our pupils. We offer cereals, toasts and juice everyday with the help and support from The Greggs Foundation.