Pocklington C.E. Infant School

Happy Children Love Learning

Happy Healthy Children

Our school vision is ‘happy children loving learning’.

 We know that the health and well-being of our children has a big impact on how they learn and get on at school.  We have created this section of our website to help you understand how we are working to protect the happiness and health of our children here at Pocklington Infant School. We are also committed to promoting children’s physical and emotional well-being.

As parents, you can help too. So, we hope you’ll take the opportunity to explore our website and learn some hints and tips. Together we can support our children’s health and well-being both in and out of school.

We were awarded the ERYC Healthy Schools Award on the 23rd February 2021.

Did you know?

 A review of the evidence of the link between pupil health and well-being and attainment found:

 Pupils with better health and well-being are likely to achieve better academically

  1. Effective social and emotional competencies are associated with greater health and well-being, and better achievement
  2. The culture, ethos and environment of a school influences the health and well-being of pupils and their readiness to learn
  3. A positive association exists between academic attainment and physical activity levels of pupils.

 

In this section, you’ll find out how we protect the health and happiness of the children at our school and promote their physical and emotional well-being.

 

The Sensory Room

What is a sensory room?

A sensory room is a specially designed room which combines a range of stimuli to help individuals develop and engage their sense.  These can include lights, colours, sensory soft play objects, aromas all within a safe environment that allows the person using it to explore and interact.

Benefits of a sensory room?

There are a whole host of benefits of a sensory room for those who require them, some of these include:

Sensory stimulation - by encouraging children to engage and explore the environment it can have a positive effect on their ability to react and interact with the larger world around them

Enhanced learning and play - sensory stimulation can engage different areas of the brain, helping children absorb and retain more information a better meeting the needs of the individual

Improve balance, movement and spatial orientation - sensory rooms can help develop users’ visual processing abilities as well as their fine and gross motor skills, facilitating day to day living.

Tackle problems with behaviour - sensory environments can be highly absorbing, providing a moment of comfort and calm for overactive and distressed individuals.  This improves focus and supports children to regulate their behaviour.

Sensory rooms also help those who have learning difficulties, developmental difficulties or sensory impairment learn how to interact with the world around them, but in a safe environment that builds up their confidence and their ability.  The sensory room allows a child to explore, this helps staff understand what calms a child and to discover what they like or don’t.

These are just a handful of the benefits of a sensory room.  We are very grateful to have a sensory room at Pocklington Infants.  A grant from Awards for All and support from Governors and the Friends of Pocklington Infant School made this possible, and is benefiting pupils mental health and well being.