What is Hygge?
The concept of 'Hygge' (which can be pronounced hue-guh) doesn't have a direct translation into English but is about embracing the simple moments in life with such joy and appreciation and can be felt. Whether it be a meal at home with good friends, playing board games or taking time to enjoy a sunny but cold woodland walk. In Denmark and other Scandinavian countries, it is seen as the pathway for happiness and good mental health.
At Heartwood, we value the concept of Hygge and promote the following in our school:
Atmosphere: Creating a calm vibe
Presence: Living in the moment
Pleasure: It should be fun, enjoyable and bring great happiness
Equality: No one is better than anyone else
Togetherness: Spend time with people you care about and those that make you smile
Gratitude: Take time to reflect on what you’re grateful for
Harmony: Life is not a competition
Truce: No need for arguments
Comfort: Relax, wear fluffy socks and be cosy
Shelter: Your home is important
(Taken from ‘The Little Book of Hygge’ by Meik Wiking)
Hygge at Heartwood
There is a direct link between wellbeing and happiness, at Heartwood we strive to ensure all children have high levels of wellbeing and are enjoying their learning.
We use the children's interests to plan fun, enjoyable and engaging learning activities.
We dedicate time to listen to the children and give them a voice. Every morning classes begin their day with 'Toast, Talk and Tales'. This is a time of togetherness, allowing children to talk about their feelings and begin our day with an enjoyable family experience.
Each classroom has a family display board with photos of their loved ones on, this supports children to talk about home and reinforces the value of a partnership with our families.
We teach our children to respect and appreciate the natural world. We spend lots of time outdoors, observing and taking care of our environment. We talk about what we are grateful and thankful for at school and at home...
"For daddy reading stories"
"For the doctor"
"My mummy, she gives me kisses and reads me stories"
Through our school values we show kindness to others around us, develop an understanding of compassion and treat everybody equally.
Our learning environments are carefully planned to be neutral, calm and we provide real and natural resources for children to use in their learning.
Create a Hygge Ambassador role, working towards the Hygge accreditation
Model and promote work/life balance for staff
Create a sense of family and home from home in school
Ensure the Heartwood community enjoy the simple things every day
Mental health and wellbeing a priority for all of the Heartwood community
Daily Toast Talk and Tales, using the local dairy and bakery
‘Family’ approach to lunchtimes, promoting independence
The Heartwood environment is calm, natural and cosy, enabling strong learning behaviours, a feeling of safety, security, belonging and consistency
Staff feel valued, enjoying their roles
Parents and carers feeling valued, listened to and welcomed
Growing own produce to make creations with and share with the local community
Supporting the vulnerable in the community
Child- centred school, planned using children’s interests
Outdoor learning opportunities throughout the learning day- working towards the Learning Outside the classroom award
Forest School provision based on the Wanderlust child’s nature study
Natural and simple resources used, protecting the environment ditched the bright plastic!