Our Wellbeing curriculum is centred on developing each child's personal and social capability. The Personal and Social capability focuses on the recognition and expression of emotions, the development of resilience, and the appreciation of diversity of gender, age, language, culture and religion. Students explore the importance of a range of social relationships, including within families, peer groups and the community. They are also enabled to identify and manage emotional responses in a range of contexts.
Learning in Personal and Social capability is strongly connected to many other areas of the curriculum. Health and Physical Education, in particular, enables students to develop knowledge of recognition of personal qualities, awareness of identity and establishment and maintenance of respectful relationships.
These skills and associated behaviours are closely linked and aligned to our School Values - Respect, Responsibility, Resilience and Doing Your Best. They are discussed in Assembly and within classrooms and Specialist classes. These behaviours and skills are important to be taught at an early age and then reinforced with all children, teenagers and even adults. The more we talk about and discuss these, the more they become an automatic response and behaviour.
Williamstown North Primary School places a great importance on teaching our students 'Social Thinking', to support their emotional and social development. We want all students to develop positive ways to interact with each other and form healthy relationships. Students needing further support in developing social thinking are invited to participate in small-group sessions in our Butterfly Room.
One focus is: Being able to cooperate when a group doesn't agree.
- Staying calm and using a calm voice.
- Letting everyone share their opinions.
- Listening to everyone before making a decision.
- Telling others your ideas and how they are feeling.
- Trying to find a way to solve the problem by saying things like: Let's try..., How about..., We could..., What if we...
- Understanding that someone elses idea may be used.
- Develop behavioural strategies for the classroom and playground.