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A Growing Family

Posted on September 30 2020

A Growing Family

The Forest Park family continues to grow and we have been extremely impressed with just how well our new joiners have settled since arriving in September. Recent Covid guidelines have meant that school tours, transition days and visits have been affected, but in true Forest Park fashion we have continued to build relationships with our new families before, during, and after their arrival. From online meetings with Mr Tucker and new teachers, to video tours and even some socially distanced after hours visits have endeavoured to make the transition to Forest Park as smooth as possible.

For all pupils mental health is a key issue since our return and we need to make sure we are supporting pupil wellbeing for all at Forest Park.  With that in mind, our main focus this year is promoting wellbeing in school.  To enable all our pupils to value themselves and others, and ensure a healthy body and mind.

Across the year we endeavour to:
- Make learning fun and interactive
- Educate pupils to have healthy bodies and minds
- Promote wellbeing through a mindfulness club and themed day
- Get talking about mental health
- Create opportunities to fail, lose and fall in order to build resilience
- Use the zones of regulation chart and resources (see below)

Zones of Regulation

Zones of regulation is a new scheme we have embraced and integrated this year. Every class uses the zones to discuss and talk about how pupils are feeling. Each day pupils 'check in' and communicate what zone they are in. This enables pupils to visually express their emotions and staff can prepare them for learning more readily and resolve any issues if they arise. We have seen a positive impact since their introduction and many children have improved their wellbeing as a result. 

Despite some of the lockdown experiences, our pupils are happy, engaged and motivated to learn. Our new arrivals to Forest Park have been embraced by all within the community and we continue to learn and grow as a family. This year we welcomed new starters to all year groups across the school and have been incredibly impressed with their start to life at the school. Here some of our junior joiners explain what the past few weeks have meant to them:

On my first day I felt a little nervous but now I feel confident and happy. What I love most about Forest Park is playing guitar, music lessons and learning about maths.


I like maths lessons and playing with my new friends at playtime as well as the clubs. My favourite club is mindfulness club. My new class is smaller here at Forest Park and less noisy.


I like football on Thursday in PE and at playtime.  I’m getting to know my teachers and am making lots of new friends. I’m looking forward to residential.


The thing that is important to me is friends. I’ve made a few new friends, Alex, Ethan, Max and George.


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