Children's Health & Well-Being
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?