SMILES is a play based approach to developing children’s social and emotional wellbeing which aims to address the 5 areas of :

  • Self-regulation
  • Self-awareness
  • Empathy
  • Motivation
  • Social Skills

Social skills help us to make and maintain friendships, get along with others and navigate our interactions with the wider world. They help us to feel safe, help us help others as well as ‘rescue’ ourselves from hurt or distress as well as helping us feel good about ourselves. Social skills include:

  • Conflict resolution (assertiveness)
  • Negotiation of difficult situations
  • Developing self-esteem and confidence
  • Effective communication
  • Self-regulation
  • Social problem solving

Through weekly Play Access to Learning Skills (PALS) sessions, children meet with friends from other classes in play based activity in order to establish, build and develop key social and emotional skills.

Kingfisher’s approach is based on Anna Freud’s work and the seven steps to wellbeing which we have condensed into 6 steps which are:

  • Socialise: Get together with others
  • Move: Be active
  • Interest: Have a hobby, keep learning, do something creative
  • Look: Take notice of the world around you
  • Eat well: Eat a balanced diet
  • Rest: Relax, sleep well

At Kingfisher this has become SMILES:

support, connect and give to others(Empathy/Social Skills)

M make friends, get together and play(Self-regulation/Social Skills)

I interests, learn something new, be creative (Motivation/Social Skills)

L look and listen, appreciate the world around you in the moment (Self-awareness/Empathy)

E energise, get active, a healthy body creates a healthy mind (Motivation/Social Skills)

S slow down, rest and relax (Self-regulation/Self-awareness)

Children’s learning in SMILES is celebrated in whole school assemblies.