Tuesday the 20th November saw our first cross departmental SHEEP Day covering aspects of mental health, emotional well-being, anti-bullying, personal safety, economic thinking and local government/democratic thinking. Activities included a visit from Head of North Herts District Council, Councillor Lynda Needham, hands on First Aid sessions and an interactive session with X Factor band New Kings Order.
The boys from the band performed a few songs for the children and then had a question and answer session with them regarding a number of topics including internet safety and mental wellbeing. PSHEE is a subject of huge importance here at Kingshott. It covers the Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education of the children but do we have questioned whether we invest enough time into it? Cross departmental staff decided that a whole day of activities would really allow our flock to embrace the subject but what is all this about SHEEP? It is merely a rearrangement of the PSHEE letters and it is something that has stuck and enabled our flock to attach more meaning to it.
There are a number of very relevant similarities between our own flock and those of the wool variety – Did you know that when sheep experience stress or isolation, they show signs of depression similar to those that humans show by hanging their heads and avoiding positive actions? Sheep are intelligent, with impressive memory and recognition skills. They build friendships, stick up for one another in fights, and feel sad when they lose their friends. Like various other species including humans, sheep make different vocalisations to communicate different emotions. They also display and recognise emotion by facial expressions. Sheep are able to experience emotions such as fear, anger, rage, despair, boredom, disgust and happiness. They can differentiate facial expressions, and prefer a smile to a frown.