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Mental Health and Well Being

WELCOME BACK TO A BRAND NEW AUTUMN TERM!

As we welcome new faces and look forward to seeing the children settle in their new year groups and classrooms, it is a great opportunity to reflect on the previous year and prepare for the new one. 

 

It is natural, in the circumstances, for some people to feel slightly anxious about returning to school or coping with the changes to school routine.  Our school community was little fragmented over the past year, but I realised that the school and its community of parents and carers, volunteers and helpers is much like a jigsaw.  Each and every one of our children are unique and wonderful. They each bring something special to the school community with their personality and talents;  all are vital pieces of the puzzle. 

 

Good luck to all of those 'missing pieces' who have moved up to Secondary School, have a very happy Autumn.

 

Best wishes from Mrs Long

 

Mental Health Awareness Week 10th - 16th May 2021 🌿

 

The theme for this awareness week is Nature.  National Trust research found a link between feeling connected to nature and having improved wellbeing.  In school we all recognise the connection between time spent in nature and our emotional wellbeing, and the huge difference this has on our children’s learning experience.

 

This week provides a great opportunity for primary schools to normalise the discussion of mental health and wellbeing amongst pupils and staff.  All children in school have weekly access and opportunities, to spend time outside, at Forest School, on the Daily Mile, Outdoor Learning, And PE and games.

It’s important to keep the focus on mental health and wellbeing throughout the school year, beyond Mental Health Awareness Week.  We are here to support our families and children at anytime.

 

 

 

Children’s Mental Health Week 2021 - The theme of this year's Children’s Mental Health Week is Express Yourself.

 

Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. With this in mind we hope you enjoy the special resources shared on the Children’s Mental Health Week tab, above.

 

Our school community remains as in-touch and supportive as possible.  We are all trying to be positive and hopeful during these very difficult times, but it is hard.  The language we use can affect our ability to stay positive and motivated.  If we use positive language we begin to feel better emotionally and physically, but not only that, it makes a difference to our children and family members.

 

We need to be kind to ourselves and our families, accepting what we cannot change and working on the things we can.  This starts with the words we use; they affect our thoughts and emotions, which then affect our physical behaviour and well being.  

 

Start your day with a big “Yippee”! Stretch out your arms and shake out the night.  It feels very silly but you might make yourself and everyone else smile, which is the perfect start to a new day.  Use kind and positive words, and encourage your children to do the same.  

 

 

I Express Myself Through Art with Hannah Brooks, Annabelle Davis & More | BAFTA Kids

Join Hannah Brooks (Aardman), Annabelle Davis (The Dumping Ground), Oli Hyatt (Blue Zoo Studios) and Ayo Norman-Williams (2018 BAFTA Young Game Designer fina...

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