Wellbeing – PATHS


Promoting Alternative Thinking Styles
The PATHS program is offered at Findon Primary School from Foundation to Year 6 to promote the social and emotional development of our students.

The PATHS program helps children to:

  • resolve conflicts peacefully
  • handle emotions positively
  • empathise
  • make responsible decisions.

When students learn and use Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skills, behaviour improves and disruptions lessen.

The PATHS program is a primary school curriculum that has been shown to significantly improve children’s social and emotional skills. Social and emotional competence is a master skill that underlies both effective behaviour and academic success.

The PATHS program covers these five domains of social and emotional development:

  • self-control
  • emotional understanding
  • positive self-esteem
  • relationships
  • interpersonal problem-solving skills.

The aims of PATHS are:

  • To establish and reinforce basic classroom rules
  • To strengthen self-control and encourage reflective thinking in the classroom
  • To improve children’s communication skills with adults and peers
  • To use literature to discuss and promote prosocial, responsible behaviour
  • To increase children’s abilities to identify, understand, and discuss the variety of feelings people experience in their daily lives
  • To enhance children’s abilities to recognise and interpret similarities and differences in the feelings, reactions, and points of view in themselves and others
  • To promote the development of empathy and perspective-taking
  • To help children use social problem-solving skills to prevent and/or resolve problems and conflicts in social interactions
  • To support children in using these skills to improve the classroom environment and academic success.