Good To Be Me.
SEAL stands for Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning. This is a national scheme that promotes self-awareness, managing feelings, empathy, social skills and motivation. At Moortown Primary, we’re dedicated to the value of SEAL in promoting a happy and healthy place to learn. Good To Be Me is one of the national SEAL themes that we think about in the year.
The Good To Be Me theme explores feelings in the context of the child as an individual, developing self-awareness and helping the child to realise that it really is ‘good to be me’. The theme is about understanding our feelings as well as considering our strengths and weaknesses as learners. It aims to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in three key social and emotional aspects of learning: self-awareness, managing feelings and empathy. The theme focuses on:
- understanding feelings, and why and how they lead us to behave the way we do – particularly the feelings excited, proud, surprised, hopeful, disappointed, worried and anxious;
- self-awareness – feeling good about yourself, taking risks;
- managing feelings – relaxing, coping with anxiety;
- standing up for yourself – assertiveness, standing up for your views.
As you can see, some important messages are promoted. Starting next week and continuing each week this half-term, we’ll concentrate on a different area:
- Week beginning 27 February: I can respond to difficult situations in a positive way.
- Week beginning 05 March: I can help someone with a worry.
- Week beginning 12 March: I can receive a compliment in a sensible way.
- Week beginning 19 March: I can recognise my talents.
- Week beginning 26 March: I can do something that makes me feel proud.
Each Friday, SEAL certificates are awarded to children who have demonstrated particularly well their ability to act upon the statements. More importantly, the themes, and others around Good To Be Me that are especially relevant to your child’s class, are discussed and promoted. Perhaps you can support your child’s learning by discussing these statements at home, too.