Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies
At Newtown C of E Primary School we deliver the PAThS curriculum which is taught from Year R through to Year 6. PAThS covers a range of skills to encourage children to problem solve and think of strategies for themselves. It teaches children to recognise and understand different feelings and how to cope with them, whilst providing calming down techniques if they are angry or upset.
Take a look at the 'PATHS Education UK' website for more information by following the link below:
PAThS will become an integral part of the school, complementing our Christian Ethos Values of love, courage and friendships and our learning behaviours. Each day a child is picked randomly from each class to be the PATHS child of the day, where they will receive compliments from their friends and school adults during the day. They will bring these compliments home to share with their families. We would encourage you to add compliments to the poster they will bring home.
The children will also take part in weekly PATHS lessons each Monday. These lessons aim to develop skills, such as, emotional awareness, language for emotions, self control, developing positive peer relationships, as well as calming down strategies if they feel angry or upset.
Each week the children will bring home learning to complete linked to their PATHS session. I would encourage you to complete this learning at home with your child, as you would do for English and maths.
To find out more please click on the links below which will give you further information about the PATHS programme.
If you would like to discuss it any further with a member of staff please contact the school to speak to Mrs Mitchell, the PATHS Lead.