Northern Irish Curriculum

Mind Marvels embeds Health and Wellbeing Experiences and Outcomes of the Northern Irish Curriculum within our engaging and informative wellbeing sessions. 

Source: Council for the Curriculum, Examinations & Assessment – Wellbeing Hub – Wellbeing and Mental Health in the Northern Ireland Curriculum. Link: Government Policy

 

Wellbeing and Mental Health

 

Social and Emotional Learning Aims and Outcomes of Mind Marvels
Pupils should develop self-awareness to be able to accurately identify their emotions (including strong feelings like anger and grief) and recognise their strengths. This can encourage children and young people to develop a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism. Mind Marvels demonstrate what goes on inside the brain so young people can gain the vital understanding of how different feelings occur, how our brains react to different emotions and how this can feel inside.
Pupils should learn how to make constructive and respectful choices about personal behaviour and social interactions. Pupils should understand the importance of forming and maintaining relationships to physical and mental health. They should be given opportunities to explore the qualities of respectful relationships and examine ways to cope with challenging relationships and conflict situations. Mind Marvels ensure young people are engaged in an environment that is respectful, caring and which promotes the sharing and understanding of feelings, to encourage healthy empowering friendships.
Pupils should learn to take on the perspective of and empathise with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures. They should learn to understand social and ethical norms for behaviour, and to recognise family, school and community resources and support. Mind Marvels introduce and develop young people’s vocabulary for emotional literacy to express their feelings effectively.
Pupils should have opportunities to consider the importance of self-confidence and self-esteem to physical and mental health. They should be encouraged to explore their sense of self and their personal morals, values and beliefs, and investigate influences on themselves and others. Mind Marvels promote positive thinking with young people, to develop self-esteem, self-compassion and confidence.
Young people should learn how to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse people and groups. This includes communicating clearly, listening actively, co-operating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking and offering help when needed. Mind Marvels encourage young people to see the best in others and treat everyone with kindness and understanding.
Pupils should understand how physical wellbeing is strongly linked to mental wellbeing, and learn about the role of exercise, healthy eating and healthy habits as part of good health. Mind Marvels aim to get children moving with gentle stretching, mindful movements and breathing exercises to help them self-regulate.
Children should be able to regulate their emotions, thoughts and behaviours effectively in different situations. Children and young people should learn to manage stress, control impulses, self-motivate, develop organisational skills and resilience, and set and work towards achieving personal and academic goals. Mind Marvels explore positive affirmations to help calm and focus the mind and promote resilience.

 

Pre School Curriculum

 

Source: Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment – Pre-School Education. Link: Government Policy

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development Mind Marvels Aims and Outcomes
Children should show an awareness of personal worth, displaying increasing self-confidence, self-control and self-discipline. Mind Marvels promote positive thinking with young people, to develop self-esteem, self-compassion and confidence.
Children should learn to persevere with tasks and seek help when needed. Mind Marvels explore positive affirmations to help calm and focus the mind and promote resilience.
Children should enjoy relationships with adults and other children and work both independently and as part of a group, share, take turns, follow and lead. Mind Marvels ensure young people are engaged in an environment that is respectful, caring and which promotes the sharing and understanding of feelings, to encourage healthy empowering friendships.
Children should be increasingly sensitive to the needs and feelings of others and demonstrate consideration for others by caring for and helping one another. Mind Marvels encourage young people to see the best in others and treat everyone with kindness and understanding.