We are so happy to welcome back all of our families after an (unexpected) extended period of closure. We hope you and your families are well and that you have enjoyed a lovely Summer break. By now most of you will be familiar with the new procedures we have in place as a result of Covid-19.
This term, our wellbeing focus will be on (Re)connecting with our pupils. Teachers have planned a range of activities that will help us to get to know your children better.
We hope you are staying well and keeping safe.
During this period of school closure we wanted to keep in touch and ensure that we support the wellbeing of our community. We have attached some resources that have become free at this time. These resources focus on physical and emotional health as well as ways to keep our minds active.
We have also added resources about how to talk to your child about the Coronavirus.
We hope that you find these resources useful.
Take good care.
Throughout our Wellbeing section we may refer you to external websites and links, please note that we cannot accept responsibility for the content of third-party websites. Please let us know if you experience any issues with the links provided. Some of the activities may need to be adapted in line with current government guidance around non-essential contact.
Coronavirus-A-Book-for-Children This is a book written by various authors and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, which explains what is happening in the world at this current time, and how we can keep ourselves safe and well.
MindHeart.Kids information This document explains what Coronavirus is and how it is spread. The information has been written in a way that is easy for primary age children to understand.
A social story on COVID-19 This document provides an explanation about a pandemic.
The-Corona-Virus-Free-Printable This document has been produced by the AutismEducator, which explains about Coronavirus for autistic children.
It is really important that you look after your physical and mental wellbeing during the lockdown period. There are many ways you can do this, for example taking a walk in the fresh air is good exercise for your body, and a good relaxing technique for your mind. Below you will find more information on how you and your family can take care of yourselves, and have fun!
5 ways to wellbeing (Mindkit) Advice from scientists explaining if we do the 5 things listed, our happiness will increase.
How to keep mentally healthy This website gives examples of how you can look after your mental being - keep learning and laughing are just two of the ways mentioned.
Importance of sleep (NHS) A relaxing bedtime routine is one important way to help your child get a good night's sleep. There is a lot of temptation to stay up late or have a long lie in, but it is important to keep your usual "school" routine for your family.
When emotions explode (Young minds) It is only natural that emotions may become heightened during these times. This website gives you explanations about why emotions explode and what you can do to calm them down - following the emotions pyramid
Government covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children A helpful guide for parents about Coronavirus and what you can do to support your children at this time. They stress the importance of talking to your children and to explain about what they may see on the media.
NHS wellbeing guide during COVID-19 The all important NHS guide on how to protect ourselves. Thank you again to our amazing NHS services and the staff that work in them.
Deep breathing for calmness Mindfulness and meditation are great techniques to remain relaxed, even during "normal" times.
Calm activities- Practical activities to encourage children to think about what makes them feel calm.
Calm affirmations- Simple, positive statements to help children focus on specific daily goals. Children pick one card each day and refer to the card throughout the day.
Calm exercise cards- This shows ways for children to use calming images while carrying out exercises.
Calm selfie props- I think we should leave this one out....it's not that great
Calmometer - Using this resource children are helped to identify their own feelings. It is designed to help children monitor how they are feeling and decide when they may need to carry out some calming activities.
Creating a calm corner - Sometimes children may just need somewhere where they can go that is quiet and makes them feel relaxed. Here are some ideas on how you might create this area for your child.
Meditation for Calm - Mindfulness and meditation techniques to support children.
Message for parents - Children need reassurance and calm right now to help them manage the changes and help them rest and relax. This explains why this is so important in current times.
Concerned about your child or finding it hard at home with your child and are struggling to cope?
Call Family Lives for free, confidential advice on 0808 800 2222.
Brent Children’s Wellbeing Team (CWP) are able to support parents of children who are suffering from anxiety or mild behavioural difficulties . We have limited access to this service, which is provided through weekly phone consultations with parents. A good document for how to access support can be found here.
Please contact Ms S. Griffith (Assistant Head and Wellbeing Lead) firstname.lastname@example.org. for further information regarding this support.
In addition to this, Brent are providing a parent telephone drop in service, for anyone who needs support with concerns around their child/children during this time.
To book a session contact the Brent EPS on 07867 189440 or email : email@example.com Appointments need to be made by 1pm on the day before the session.
If your child/children have suffered the bereavement of a family member, please find details of support below.