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Brilliant Me and My Mind

For 5 to 7 year olds, held at St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Dorking

Learn to think more positively and let go of perfectionism, moving from 'I can't' to 'I can't YET'. Your child will receive a free, nutritious hot lunch each day.

Brilliant Me and My Mind
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5 - 7 years

Creating a positive mindset

Brilliant Me & My Mind is specifically designed to help your child:

  • Move away from perfectionism
  • Learn to take risks and try new experiences
  • Let go of fearing mistakes and failure
  • Believe in their own capabilities
  • Learn to think positively when faced with a challenge
  • Move from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can’t YET’
Girl with wings stretching upwards.

Letting go of fearing mistakes

This course uses the power of storytelling and creative activities to help children build the confidence to take risks and make mistakes. 'Brilliant Billy the Bunny’ accompanies the children throughout the course to help them navigate their emotions in a fun and supportive environment.

What does the course focus on?

Each day, two stories are shared with the children based around the power of our mindset. Each story is followed by a creative activity which helps them link the learning from the story to their everyday lives. Daily mindfulness activities are included to help the children learn to manage their emotions.

The stories shared in The Brilliant Me & My Mind course are based around the following themes:

  1. Developing a ‘Can-Do’ attitude
  2. The power of YET
  3. Feeling stuck
  4. Dealing with unhelpful thoughts
  5. Responding to failure

An example story shared during the week is the fantastic ‘Beautiful Oops’ by Barney Saltzberg. This book encourages the children to understand that when we think we’ve made a mistake, we should think of it as an opportunity to make something beautiful. Through looking at the illustrations, the children reflect on how they feel about the mistakes they make; every smudge, spill, and failed drawing can be the beginning of something new and exciting. After reading the inspiring book, the children are then challenged to turn a range of ‘mistakes’ into new opportunities.

Please watch our Parent Webinar below to get a better sense for what our Brilliant Me & My Mind Course entails. This includes an overview of what your child will learn, together with ideas and strategies for supporting their learning at home:

St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Address: Norfolk Road, Dorking, RH4 3JA

We are pleased to offer this course at St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Dorking.

This school’s spacious and innovative architecture allows for creativity and inspiration to foster, making it a great environment for children to learn about life skills from our Role Models.

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

How does it work?

Our courses are available for children aged 5-7, 8-10 & 11-13. They typically run for either 3, 4 or 5 consecutive days.

Getting to know your child

All our courses are run in small groups. This ensures our Role Model can get to know each child individually.

To help with this, before the course begins, we ask you to answer a few questions about your child and any specific needs they might have. We will also ask about food allergies, medical conditions and any additional needs that our Role Model needs to know about.

It will only take a minute or two, and it ensures our Role Model has all the information they need to ensure your child has the best experience possible.

Included with all our courses...

  • Your child will receive a nutritious lunch each day. Please make sure they bring a bottle of water.
  • Each day you will receive a summary email, describing what was covered so you can discuss it with your child. They may also include photos of your child taking part in the activities (if consent has been given).
  • At the end of the course you'll receive a set of top-tips on how you can support the development of life skills at home.
  • Your child will receive a branded official certificate to recognise completion of the course.
  • You'll also receive a written report from the Role Model working with your child
  • Finally, after the course has finished you'll receive follow up videos, that you can watch with your child. These aim to remind your child of the key course themes.

COVID-19 Policy

At Role Models, our priority is the welfare of our students and staff. We have therefore put strict health & safety policies in place to minimize risks related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Recent reviews

from parents & children that attended courses in the resilience series.

Great Teacher who was happy engaging and full of positive energy, which is infectious and made the course enjoyable.
- Liz
The introduction of Role Models workshops has had an enormously rewarding impact on our Prep 6 pupils. The flexibility of the school being able to choose the topics based on the cohort is very beneficial and the feedback from the children was more than encouraging. Most pupils rated that Role Models has given them better resources to deal with problems that may arise in the future or the confidence to do and be what they want. The weekly communication to parents has been received well and they are eager to get involved from home. We are very much looking forward to working with Role Models again this year and hope that we will be able to extend the workshops to other age groups as well.
- Sophie Bartholomew
Head Teacher
Absolutely fantastic course. Hugo loved every minute of it. It would have been good to have a parent 1-2-1 after discussing the report as we are not as knowledgeable as you are, and therefore talking about a few points to continue at home would have been useful. Please let me know when you plan to do more in the Shrewsbury area.
- Lauren
James really enjoyed 'how' you taught him resilience (via games, etc) vs. a traditional method that doesn't resonate as much. Following, we saw him act out very independent actions whereby before the camp he was very hesitant . Strongly recommend!
- Faye

Frequently Asked Questions

What can my child expect?

Fun and fast paced learning! There will be a mixture of games, challenges, stories and activities all delivered by our Role Models who are experienced with working with this age range of children. There will be breaks built into the structure of the day including time for outside play (weather permitting!) during the lunch break.

Our courses are built on three elements:

  • Active learning
  • Ambitious content
  • Serious fun!
How should I explain this course to my child?
  • Our courses are 3, 4 or 5 days, lasting 5 hours each
  • You will be with a group of children which will be led by an inspirational Role Model
  • You can wear comfortable clothes
  • It will be a fun mixture of games, talking, watching some videos and thinking together with the group
  • We would love you tell us your ideas and feelings during the activities, being reflective and open to discussions means you'll get so much more from the course or club
  • We get great feedback from other children who have really enjoyed the experience
  • We can’t wait to meet you and learn some awesome new skills together!
How has the content been developed?

Our courses follow an education framework developed by teachers, education experts and business leaders. This framework, based on the work of the Partnership for 21st century learning', defines the skills and knowledge that children need to thrive at school, at home and beyond.

Our courses have been written by our Character Education team who are highly qualified educators with over 24 years of teaching experience. Our content emphasises the importance of developing essential key life skills alongside academic attainment, in order to thrive in life.

Who delivers the content?

Our highly experienced team of Role Models are passionate about both education and social & emotional wellbeing. They’re energetic, engaging and curious. They’re adept at combining educational rigour with fun, to create active learning environments that children love. All have been interviewed by our Recruitment Team and are reference and DBS checked.

Can I enrol two children onto the same course or club?

Yes of course! Contact us for information about multi-buy and referral discounts.

What type of child is this course designed for?

Our courses are not designed only for those who may be struggling with specific life skills. We believe all children can build on these essential skills in order to reach their full potential. Your child may need a boost in confidence, to strengthen their resilience or they may just need an opportunity to go outside of their comfort zone and challenge themselves by working with new people.

What is the Extended Day Package?

At some venues we are able to look after your child for additional hours before and after the usual course time. We call this the Extended Day package. Outside of the course hours, one of our Role Models will run some extra-curricular games and activities.

An Extended Day Package costs between £15 and £25 depending on the number of hours of additional childcare. If this is available, it will be listed at the top of the course page, showing the specific hours and the price. If the message is not shown at the top of the course page, then we don’t offer an extended day at this venue.

It will also be shown at the checkout as an optional extra, charged for each day of the course. If you would like to use the Extended Day facility but only on specific days, please call or email us with your requirements.

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