Children's Health & Well-Being
As a school we are passionate about continuing to support the positive mental health and well-being of our whole school. The Year 5’s and 6’s have been given the opportunity to take part in the ‘Mental Toughness’ programme. The last year has affected all of us and in particular young people who have navigated many challenges.
The Mental Toughness programme gives young people the chance to grow skills that will help them overcome challenges and face problems with confidence. They will have the chance to identify their strengths, work with others and grow in the belief that when they are learning new things, it is essential to make mistakes before they get things right. During the programme, they will explore and understand more about how mindset and attitude can help them develop resilience and achieve success in every aspect of their life and will help them grow to be more active, independent and resilient learners.
We have an ongoing partnership with the organisation ‘The Power to Be’ and Insia has been in delivering the programme to our students. They share our passion and values in ensuring we support the well-being and continue to foster a growth mindset in all of our young people. If you would like to know more about the Power to Be then you can visit their website at www.thepowertobe.co.uk or Find them on Facebook by searching ‘Power to Be Counselling & CBT’
A free online safety guide on 12 Top Tips to Supporting Mental Wellbeing Through Nature.
‘Nature’ is a superb choice as the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, as there’s clear evidence that getting access to nature is excellent for our mental health. With Covid-19 restrictions beginning to ease, it’s the perfect time of year to rediscover the natural world and give ourselves a calming, uplifting treat. You don’t have to drag the family on a four-hour hike, either – just 10 minutes each day in the garden, in the local park or your nearest green space could really help. Here are 12 suggestions for ways you can benefit from nature … both online and off.
In the guide, you'll find tips such as giving Geocaching a go, ditching your phone and playing sports.
This month's theme is all about reflecting on what gives our life meaning. Being a part of something bigger than ourselves and focusing on things that we value is key to our wellbeing. So let's take time to reflect on what we care about this month and keep these things at the front of our minds as our societies begin to open up again.
We’re taking part in NSPCC Number Day!
On Friday 7th May 2021
We are delighted to be supporting the NSPCC by taking part in Number Day on Friday 7th May 2021.
Number Day is a great way to make maths fun and we will be enjoying a day of exciting maths activities.
We will be taking part in Dress up for Digits.
Pupils are asked to wear an item of clothing with a number on it (football shirt, cap, netball shirt or even a onesie!). You could even get even more creative by dressing in a maths or numbers theme.
To help raise money for the NSPCC, we are asking for a donation of £1, and we’d love everyone in the school to take part in this special event.
Everything the NSPCC does protects children
The NSPCC needs our support more than ever. By raising money, we can help to fund their vital services such as Childline – the helpline that’s always there for children and young people whatever their problem or concern.
On average, a child contacts Childline every 25 seconds
We’re really looking forward to all the fun of Number Day, and we really appreciate your support.
All the money we raise at Lumbertubs Primary School will make an enormous difference to children today and help the NSPCC be there for children.
Advice for supporting a friend
When a friend opens up to you about how they are feeling, or tells you about something they are struggling with, you might find the conversation tough and it can feel difficult to know what to say. This reaction is normal. It shows you care for that person and want to help them - it’s part of our nature to want to support others and this is something you should be proud of.
However sometimes, when we are supporting our friends we can take on a lot of stress. You might feel like it’s your responsibility alone to help them. But there are ways you can help your friend, and find people who can support you too so that you don’t feel overwhelmed and under pressure.
Remember, it’s not all on you
Children’s Mental Health Week 2021 - Express Yourself
From 1-7 February 2021 schools, youth groups, organisations and individuals across the UK will take part in Children’s Mental Health Week. This year’s theme is Express Yourself.
Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good.
It’s important to remember that being able to express yourself is not about being the best at something or putting on a performance for others. It is about finding a way to show who you are, and how you see the world, that can help you feel good about yourself.
For Children's Mental Health Week 2021 we will be encouraging children (and adults) to explore the different ways we can express ourselves, and the creative ways that we can share our feelings, our thoughts and our ideas.
Activities to support children at home
Go on a scavenger hunt
This is a fun idea for children of all ages. You can keep it really simple for little ones - help them look out for different colours or textures in nature. For older children, challenge them to hunt for seasonal signs such as spring blossom or new leaves. Or ask them to see how many tiny natural objects they can find to fit inside a matchbox.
Make an animal or forest out of Lego
Many families will have Lego, wooden blocks or other building toys at home. So challenge your kids to make something inspired by nature. You could all work together to make one big scene, like a springtime woodland or a giant tree. Or you could have a contest to see who can build the best minibeast, mammal or bird
Write a story inspired by woods and trees
If your children love writing, then get those creative juices flowing with a story challenge. Kick things off by giving them the first sentence and encouraging them to write the rest of the story.
You could also jot ideas on scraps of paper, then get kids to choose some at random that they have to incorporate into their story. These could include:
- A tree has fallen in the woods
- A character has gone missing
- An animal is shouting an alarm call
- There are some mysterious footprints to follow.
Gather together as a family and share the stories you've written. They'll make great bedtime stories too when you've read all the books you have at home.
Supermovers have numerous videos that will get your children active. The videos link to the curriculum so will keep the children active whilst still learning at home.
Childline Tool Box has a calm zone where you can access activities, breathing exercises, yoga, games and videos on ways to cope and expressing emotion
September 2020- July 2021
At Lumbertubs Primary school, Children's wellbeing is considered a great importance and throughout this academic year children have been participating in a range of activities to support all areas of their wellbeing, take a look at what we been up to so far and more to come.
NSPCC interactive lesson
DOING GOOD DOES YOU GOOD
Evidence shows that helping others can have a positive effect on your own mental health and wellbeing. So this term our children supported others by taking part in 'Act your age Challenge' for Children in Need this year and raised £163.98.
Mental health is an emotive subject area which can take us back to difficult times and stir up strong feelings.
Year 2,3,4,5 and 6 have had a session on talking about mental health with Miss Georgiou.
The learning outcomes from the lesson were:
1. Giving children consistent and accessible language to talk about mental health and wellbeing.
2. Ensure children know who trusted adults in their life are and how to ask for help and support.
3. Ensure children understand the difference between everyday feeling and a big feeling.
4. Given children the skills and techniques to be good listeners.
The lesson and resources came from the Ann Freud National Centre for children and families.
On the 9th September 2020
Mental Health Awareness at Lumbertubs in support of Young Minds
Children will take part in a range of activities throughout the day, we are celebrating this by wearing something yellow. (T-shirt, bracelet, or clothing with yellow in it)
Voices of the children at Lumbertubs Primary
Children were asked how they are feeling in school?