Wellbeing and Mental Health
Looking after our children's wellbeing is always at the forefront of what we want to achieve. In our school, we do this in a number of ways: through building relationships with children and their families, providing whole class, small group and individual support and doing all that we can to create an inspiring environment.
During this period of home-learning, we recognise that looking after wellbeing can be a challenge. We will have regular contact with all children and families throughout lockdown, through class meets, our online learning platforms or via phone calls, but if you have any concerns that you wish to discuss, please ensure that you contact us. We hope that you will find some of the resources below useful:
- Health professionals recognise the link between mental and physical wellbeing, so please enjoy a range of exercise together, be this walks with the dog, cycling, playing outside or enjoying online workouts, such as Joe Wicks or Cosmic Yoga (both can be found on Youtube).
- The story below 'My Hero is You' is a story for children, which explains a bit more about lockdown and how everybody can be a hero to support the fight against covid-19.
- MindEd is a useful website, which offers support and guidance for parents covering a range of areas, from specific support, to general parenting advice.
- The PDF below ('Children's Guide to Corona Virus') is a good explanation for upper Key Stage 2 children.
- We know that getting the balance between work and play can be difficult when restrictions limit what we can do, but the Children's Commissioner recommend trying the following activities to keep busy: audiobooks (Amazon offer some free ones), starting a film club by encouraging friends to watch the same film and then discuss it (this could also be a book club using an ebook), improve your art skills using online demos, learn about other places with Google and even Mars with this tool, learn a new language, make quizzes for your friends and family to enjoy virtually, write a story like an author, learn a new instrument, play some board games.
- If you have more time to read information, you may find this guidance from the government, written for families, useful.
- See below for information from Children and Young People Services about mental health.