PATHS® is a programme that is taught from Reception to Year 6. PATHS stands for Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies.
What is The PATHS Programme for Schools?
The programme is a universal, classroom based curriculum that teaches social and emotional learning to primary school children. It involves helping children to:
- recognise emotions and values;
- make constructive choices about personal and social behaviour; and
- show understanding and empathy for others.
The programme teaches children how to label their feelings and apply self-control strategies, leading to improvements in classroom behaviour, resilience and verbal fluency.
The programme was developed in the USA, where it has been taught for over 30 years. It has also been adopted in 25 different countries. The PATHS Programme for Schools (UK Version) has been running in Birmingham since 2009 and over 60 schools are currently delivering the programme.
PATHS is a big part of Yenton Primary; everyday a child is picked from each class to be the PATHS child, where they will carry out special jobs and get to receive compliments from their friends and teachers at the end of the day.
The children love taking part in PATHS lessons.