Published by Jessica Kingsley, the Be the Jellyfish programme is a multi-sensory approach to helping children to communicate thoughts and feelings in a safe, fun way. Benefits to this include helping to remove barriers to learning, an improvement in self-esteem and the opportunity to acquire tools and techniques to improve relaxation.
Breathing exercises, bodywork, massage, visualisation, PSHE style tasks and an invitation to create using art materials are all combined to enable children to access exciting themes linked to our Jellyfish Strands.
The programme is delivered via a series of class plans. Classes comprise of four main components; an initial gathering, exploring the theme, creative expression and final gathering.
Each class has a theme e.g. Magic. A range of activities and relaxation techniques are used to explore and experience the theme before children are invited to communicate their understanding of it using one of three creative art suggestions. An opportunity to discuss their creation via the Be the Jellyfish process of creative chatter is then offered, before concluding with a celebration of the pieces created.
The programme can be scaled up or down to cater for one-to-one, a small group or a whole class. Activities are easily adaptable to suit all ages, needs, budgets and timescales.
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The programme has helped to highlight that some of our seemingly settled children are still struggling with things but just appear to be coping and has given us a way in with them.
R. Gordon. Learning Mentor
The children really enjoyed the creative aspects of the lessons, and this did for the basis for some very valuable conversations between myself and the children.
D Palmer. Y3 Class Teacher
Some of our children don’t get the time to relax and it isn’t something that is modelled in their home lives. School life is also quite busy for them, and we must remember they are only Yr3. Hand in hand with other tools that school has to offer, I think the children will benefit with the ethos of Jellyfish and its activities, and soon be able to de-stress and be more self-aware.
A. Marshall. Deputy Head
Pupils found the Jellyfish programme to consist of fun and exciting activities, that concentrated on teambuilding and group work. The pupils enjoyed working together when participating in group activities (role-play; parachute of emotions; deserted island necessities) and most could work independently, when asked to consider and reflect upon their own feelings. Most of the children understood the activities to be games, rather than a PSHE lesson, which allowed the pupils to take further risks in their learning, and allowed for deeper, meaningful discussion
O. Stratton. Y5 Class teacher