At Mulbarton Primary School we follow the PATHS curriculum. PATHS stands for Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies and helps children to develop emotional awareness, self control, self confidence and problem solving skills.
We teach PATHS lessons on a weekly basis, the children will learn to recognise different feelings and how to manage and understand those feelings. The children will also build up a set of feelings cards so they can easily show and talk about how they are feeling. Within PATHS lessons, children are also taught how to manage their feelings and PATHS offers strategies to help children deal with problems that arise. In Reception and Year 1, this is taught through Twiggle (a turtle puppet) and Year 2 upwards use a traffic light system.
In addition to this, every day each class picks at random, a ‘Child of the Day’ (this is called something different in every class) this child will have special class privileges and receive compliments from the other children and staff. When your child has had a turn at being ‘Child of the Day’ they will receive a compliment slip. This will be sent home with your child with a space for family at home to give your child a compliment. The compliment slip can then be brought back to school and comments from home are then shared with the class. ‘Child of the Day’ is a fantastic way to promote self-esteem and self-confidence!
PATHS helps children with…
- Self-esteem, self-confidence and self-control
- Frustration & anger management
- Attention and concentration
- Thinking before they act out in anger
- Emotional understanding
- Expressing their feelings in a positive way
- Understanding that all feelings are okay, but some behaviours are not OK
- Preparing for change