At Ridgeway Academy, students receive 2 hours of Personal Development over a fortnight. 1 hour of this is Well Being, which is led by the PE Department. The primary objectives behind this is to develop students in six key areas: Physical ME, Creative ME, Social ME, Healthy ME, Future ME and Thinking ME. These ‘MEs’ have been selected as we believe these contribute to a student’s Well Being.
Year 7, 8 and 9 have been focusing on ‘Creative ME’.
Year 7 started by looking at problem solving, social media and mindfulness activities. The student’s second half term focused on encouraging them to communicate with each other in order to problem solve.
Year 8 have also looked at mindfulness as well as investigating the expectations of social media!
Year 9 have been looking at what positivity and the meaning of being confident. This then linked to a lesson in which students set SMART goals, which were specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.
Year 10 have also been looking at ‘Creative ME’ developing creativity through creating their own objects. Students were reflective in their final session, examining what they had learnt In Well Being so far.
Finally, Year 11 have been looking at ‘Creative ME’ completing a ‘Bloom’ session looking at resilience. The Well Being faculty have been delivering sessions in partnership with the charity ‘Mind’ who have released a series of sessions as part of their ‘Bloom’ programme. Year 11 students have also been looking at problem solving; these sessions are led to prepare the students for their mock examinations.
Overall, students have been working incredibly hard within their Well Being lessons. It has been fantastic to see thought-provoking discussions, as well as students pushing themselves outside of their usual comfort zone.