BEST CLUBS are designed to motivate children to take responsibility for their actions by teaching social and emotional skills from 4 – 16 years of age. The clubs run termly for 11 weeks at a time, designating 1.5 hours weekly to each particular year group and focusing on understanding different skills in each termly program.
The word ‘emotion’ comes from the Latin word ‘motion’. BEST entices curiosity through the variety of team games, creative activities and drama, engaging the children to learn in many different ways, visually, auditorily and kinaesthetically.
Creating a world where every child develops the courage to follow their heart and intuition, the resilience to overcome fears and obstacles and the ability to speak out and be heard.
As adults we can look back through our past and see how our experiences have sculpted the person that we are today. Some have had difficult childhoods or negative experiences growing up. Some have been hurt through unhappy relationships, or suffered disappointment from a job that hasn’t worked out. Many have made a mixture of good and bad decisions, many have made mistakes and many have had to change their expectations and try new directions.
This is normal and natural and an inevitable part of the human experience.
As parents & carers we are faced with many challenges in nurturing our children’s attitudes to life and learning, especially in today’s fast moving world of technology. More negative pressure is put on children and young adults from social media sites with the persisted need to ‘fit in’. In a ‘get famous / rich fast’ thinking world, there is a general lack of resilience, and self-esteem when ideas and dreams do not materialise. From an early age children are noticeably struggling when facing setbacks, having fixed-mindsets about what they can and can’t achieve.
I loved the ‘bouncing back’ on the space hoppers. We raced up and down the room to make us think about not giving up. We laughed so much! I have to remember that when I get angry with my maths.” Kavarie, Year 4
My 10 year old daughter Lottie is fascinated by all that she is learning with BEST. Vicky and Julia use an age appropriate mixture of games and discussions with the children and exploration of key information about the brain to develop the children’s skills and understanding. I can’t recommend this approach highly enough – it’s inspired!” Bryony Dodd. Parent, Year 6 (Head teacher, Stepping Stones Nursery)
“I love the fact that Julia and Vicky provided the time to explain to me what they were they were teaching my child. We regularly stay in contact to discuss how I can help Charlie with his anger tantrums.” Sonia. Parent, Year 3
“Ellen absolutely loves these sessions in class, the games as well as the discussion. There’s a lot of change going on in the lives of the Y6 kids and this enables them to articulate their own experiences as well as understand what’s going on with their friends. I also enjoy reading the parent information that covers various sessions, as it means I can sit and talk certain issues over with her, using language we both understand.” Sarah Hughes. Parent, Year 6