What is Heartsmart?
Heartsmart is a resource that we use throughout the school to support our work on Personal Development, Character Education, Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing. It is based upon Christian teaching about love and identity and the Heartsmart programme links very closely to our school worship programme.
This video from the Heartsmart team helps explain the biblical roots behind the Heartsmart ‘High Five’
1. Don’t Forget to Let Love In
Learning how important, valued and loved we are.
2. Too Much Selfie Isn’t Healthy
Exploring the importance of others and how to love them well.
3. Don’t Hold On To What’s Wrong
Understanding how to process negative emotion and choose forgiveness to restore relationships.
4. Fake Is a Mistake
Unpacking how to bravely communicate truth and be proud of who we are.
5. ‘No Way Through’, Isn’t True
Knowing there is a way through every situation, no matter how impossible it may seem.
Every term, we take one of the Heartsmart High Five values and link it to our themes for school worship.
Our Heartsmart Value this Term Is…
‘Fake is a MISTAKE!’
It is important for children to know they are enough; just as they are. They don’t need to be like everyone else to fit in. The Bible says every one of us has been made ‘in an amazing and wonderful way’ (Psalm 139:14). Recognising our uniqueness helps children to realise the world doesn’t need another copy cat version of someone else, it needs one of us.
Boris is a central character to Heartsmart and is introduced through a story. It is a window into his heart and mind leading to a host of meaningful discussions. The children identify with Boris and explore their own internal dialogue through his story. They learn how to tune into the voice of truth and love.
To compliment the Heartsmart programme that we use at school, there are some excellent resources for families to use at home, including video clips, craft activities and discussion ideas. By clicking onto the link here, you will be taken to the Heartsmart family section of the website:
The Zones of Regulation
The Zones of Regulation is a curriculum and teaching resource used to support the development of self-regulation in children. Children learn to recognise their emotions and what causes their emotional responses in a wide range of different settings. The curriculum also teaches children how to respond to their emotions in the appropriate ways.
The Four ‘Zones’
Our emotional reactions are organised into 4 different ‘zones’: