My Happy Mind
At Devonshire Primary Academy, we use the ‘My Happy Mind’ programme to help build resilient, balanced and happy minds. We have built the programme into our weekly timetable because we care deeply about the wellbeing of our children. My Happy Mind combines the latest research, science and technology to help children develop lifelong habits and learn to thrive.
My Happy Mind is taught across five modules and each introduces a new set of content and habits to help children build resilience, self-esteem and confidence.
Here are some comments our children and staff have made about the My Happy Mind programme:
*** “You do happy breathing when you’re scared so the other parts of your brain wake up.” – Meral, Y1
*** “I like it because it teaches me how the brain works. I can teach others about it.” – Daisy, Y5
*** “My Happy Mind helps me learn about my brain and how it works. The breathing helps you be calm and helps with your thoughts.” – Ryley, Y5
*** “It helps us to take care of our minds.” – Holly, Y6
*** “At Devonshire Primary Academy we regard each child in our care as special and unique individuals. Our aim is to develop the ‘Whole Child’ intellectually, physically, spiritually, emotionally, socially and spiritually.
The My Happy Mind programme has proven to be an excellent addition to our curriculum offer. We have found that the content has helped build resilience, self -esteem and confidence. In addition to this, the programme has helped our pupils understand their own unique character strengths and helped them learn how to celebrate them; this is a core aspect of our Vision and Values.
At Devonshire Primary Academy we promote resilience, respect, pride, integrity, co-operation and honesty. The My Happy Mind programme successfully interweaves through all of our core values and has enhanced promoting a school ethos that we are very proud of.’” – Mr Simm, Headteacher
*** “My Happy Mind has had a positive impact on many of the children in my class. The programme slowly introduces them to how their brain works and gives them the opportunity to learn how to dispel, avoid and cope with any negative feelings they may have.
The children have learned how to talk about their feelings and also appreciated the things that they have and the people they have around them – who can help in a time when they feel most trouble).
Each session has a face-to-face activity with the child at its centre and it has allowed me to follow their lead, giving them autonomy, encouragement and the correct support to be curious about the world they are living in and how they can navigate through life when things don’t always go their way.
It has helped me build stronger relationships with them, too.” – Miss O’Hagan, Y6 Teacher