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Children's Health & Well-Being

June 2021

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’

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

#NotAllOnYou | Part 1 - Helping a friend

Dr Alex George's five top tips for good mental health and wellbeing

Youth Mental Health Ambassador Dr. Alex George gives his five top tops for good mental health and wellbeing, ahead of the February half term holiday.

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers

 

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

https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/?fbclid=IwAR2UDQqDr54URa1T6_pXFAJTxI3PpVt6dkR1dDHiyN4IrWpuocfTuRpUPQ8

 

NSPCC interactive lesson

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