As many of you may know this week is ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’ and at such a difficult time for us all we often forget how important it is to think about our mental health.
The theme this year is ‘Kindness’ and I couldn’t have picked something more appropriate for this time especially as we are all seeing so many acts of kindness around us every day such as Colonel Tom Moore and his amazing fundraising or the kindness shown every day by strangers supporting those more vulnerable than themselves.
A quote from the Mental Health Foundation sums up perfectly why Kindness in society is so important,
“We have chosen kindness because of its singular ability to unlock our shared humanity. Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity. It is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health. Wisdom from every culture across history recognises that kindness is something that all human beings need to experience and practise to be fully alive.”
Within school, we actively encourage children to show kindness to others and promote it within our classrooms, assemblies and every day school life. We would love to see or hear from you about acts of kindness that you have committed, you have witness or that someone has done for you 🙂
We are all here to support you through this journey, we want to ensure that we do everything we can to encourage positive well being among both our pupils and their families. We are here to listen any time.
I have also attached a few resources and links to websites to encourage children and adults to take that time to focus on their mental well being.
Keep safe and keep smiling 🙂
‘Well Being Journal, there is a page for each day and one for older children (7-11) and younger children (5-7).
It may be a nice idea for children to express their feelings and take a moment to reflect their thoughts and feelings 🙂
- KS1 Weekly Wellbeing Journal Pack 1 Monday
- KS1 Weekly Wellbeing Journal Pack 1 Tuesday
- KS1 Weekly Wellbeing Journal Pack 1 Wednesday
- KS1 Weekly Wellbeing Journal Pack 1 Thursday
- KS1 Weekly Wellbeing Journal Pack 1 Friday
- KS2 Weekly Wellbeing Journal Pack 1 Monday
- KS2 Weekly Wellbeing Journal Pack 1 Tuesday
- KS2 Weekly Wellbeing Journal Pack 1 Wednesday
- KS2 Weekly Wellbeing Journal Pack 1 Thursday
- KS2 Weekly Wellbeing Journal Pack 1 Friday
Mindfulness Music for meditation and relaxation
We have recently been contacted by a lovely company called ‘Dragonfly Impact Education’, who have sent this for us to share with our parents.
‘Our focus during this time has been, as always, to support learning by making sure that pupils are maintaining their health and wellbeing. To reach our full potential, we need to know how to care for ourselves – especially during times of difficulty and uncertainty!Here’s what we’ve been doing to support parents, please feel free to share with anyone in your school community you feel would benefit:
- We are releasing daily videos in our Facebook group for parents to provide links between the 5 ‘Ways to Wellbeing’ adopted by the NHS and the curriculum.
- We’re also providing advice for parents who children have ASD/ADHD and ‘Top Tips’ for those whose children are difficult to keep motivated and focused!
- The main ethos of the group is to foster a mentoring community, where friends or other members of the school community known to the parents video call with their child each day to check in with how things are going. To guide the mentors, we suggest coaching questions and encourage them to talk about our ‘daily challenge’ with their mentees.Some examples of the resources available in the group are attached and the group can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/dragonflyontrack/ ‘We hope you find it useful 🙂