Strength Heroes school incursions are a different way of accessing your schools health objectives. Different because they are highly engaging. We use art and play activities to explore resilience themes. We call it thinkering!
The feedback we have received from teachers who have experienced our wellbeing program in schools have told us that our school incursions have the following benefits.
The links are varied and include links to the Positive Behaviour Programs, school values, health programs, Mindfulness and Protective Behaviours. The incursions also directly reinforce the Zones of Regulations. Read on to find out how they link with other curriculum areas such as STEM and Sustainability.
An expert in school incursions, Thomas, Year 2 told his teacher that our Mistake Maker incursion was the BEST incursion ever! He did qualify this by saying that he had lots of years of incursions ahead but so far ours was the best. His teacher agreed and when she asked him why he said it was because he got to build and play instead of just sit and listen.
As one teacher said “A great experience for kids to recall back on” when they make a mistake. Instead of Strength Heroes just telling kids mistakes are okay, kids get to explore resilience topics through making things and our challenges. For example in I am a Mistake Maker school incursion we lead them through activities that flesh out what a Mistake Maker is. Then they get to construct their own Mistake Maker. Another teacher told us “They (students) could relate straight back to the character they created and why”
In each of our incursions we have a strong sustainability focus with extensive use of recycled materials. We are constantly finding new ways to use recycled materials instead of using new resources. For example, in our construction workshops we challenge children to use as little sticky tape as possible. Kids often rise to the challenge with the type of creativity and problem solving that is needed when dealing with mistakes.
Art and play are an effective way to teach kids about resilience. Every child that comes to our workshops knows that mistakes are okay. They also know that mistakes are how they learn. However, students are still mastering how to process the big feelings that they feel when they make a mistake or things don’t go to plan. By engaging in the art and play activities we help kids explore how feelings can cause them to give up and stop trying. In our incursions kids are supported to work through any big feelings to keep trying. These skills are so useful for the classroom and life.
You can imagine our delight when a Year 6 student showed us her second Brain House character that she made at home after our incursion. All children love to play and we know that with a full curriculum, it can be very difficult to find opportunities and have the headspace to think about what to do. Strength Heroes have so many different types of projects. Each school incursion has the option of a number of different materials such as clay, paint, loose parts or drawing.
Preparation and all resources.
Information for parents that can be added to your consent form and strategies to reinforce and implement learning at home.
Worksheet template that give evidence of students learning and can be added to appropriate portfolio (e.g. literacy).
Relevant educators are introduced to the concepts along with the students.
Teacher kit with guide notes and activities to further reinforce strategies learned.
Tools such as the Emotion Wizzy Dizzy and Emotional Regulation chart which are linked to the zones of regulation.
Access to our free Mistake Maker parent and children online workshop. This can be done as a class activity.