PUPILS at Ysgol Gynradd Llanfair Caereinion were buzzing with energy and excitement during their Health and Wellbeing Week.

They explored how to feel healthy and well by focusing on five special themes, one for each day of the week: connect, take notice, be active, keep learning, and give.

Children, staff and parents went on a Happiness Walk and chatted to a new walking buddy so they could get to know each other better. They had fun getting muddy in their wellies.

Later in the day, the older children read stories to the younger pupils. They also played board games, made jigsaws and organised a Connect Four tournament.

“I think it’s really important that children understand what they can do to feel good about themselves,” said teacher Angela Owen, who co-ordinated the week’s activities with the Health and Wellbeing Crew.

“Our lives can be hectic and busy these days – taking time to focus on what’s important for our health and wellbeing is essential.”

Take Notice Day was very special because the children brought in their blankets and pillows to have a relaxing day of meditation, yoga and sound therapy.

“The school felt really relaxed and calm,” Year 6 pupil Mia said.

Archie added: “I think it was a good idea not to have screens for a day because I felt more alert and energetic – being on the computer can make you feel sleepy and worn out."

Be Active Day was full of energetic exercise including Zumba, climbing, orienteering and boogie bounce. The school’s Sports Ambassadors organised activity zones around the playground so that children could try new games at playtime.

Thursday was Keep Learning Day and everyone had a chance to try a new skill. Some pupils started learning French and Mandarin; others learnt to cook Welsh cakes; how to sew, crochet and make origami animals.

Parents, grandparents and friends of the school came to share their talents with the pupils. The school thanks to everyone who gave the children these "wonderful" opportunities.

On the final day, the school organised a collection for the Welshpool food bank.

Acting Headteacher Sara Tudor said: “This week has been an excellent learning experience for the children and made all of us think about the importance of slowing down and connecting meaningfully with each other.

“We want our pupils to be healthy, confident learners who are willing to try new things and feel good about persevering. We are grateful to everyone who helped make this such a special week.”