Children’s Mental Health Week
Last week was Children’s Mental Health week, and across the school each class completed activities linked to the theme ‘Healthy Inside and Out’. We also had an assembly using ideas from the charity ‘Place 2 be’ which encouraged the children to think about what they can do if they are feeling down and how they can use 3 key factors to help them stay healthy inside and out :
- Food – Health and Varied
- Exercise – Being Active
- Sleep – Getting enough regular sleep
Attached to this newsletter is also some top tips for home.
In Reception, the children made posters to share how they keep healthy. Delilah says “you need to eat lots of vegetables and sleep.”
In Year 1 and 2, they thought about kindness and how you can be kind to others.
In Year 3 and 4, they discussed the importance of mental health and how they can help improve our own. They thought about what they are good at and what they liked about others.
In Year 5 and 6, they had a dedicated circle time to think about being themselves and valuing each other. They created a kindness and wellness wall with positive quotes and thoughts.
If you have any worries or concerns about your child and their mental health, please see their class teacher.
For more information about supporting your child’s mental health and wellbeing, please speak to your child’s class teacher. Some further information can be found at youngminds.org.uk
World Mental Health Day
The school participated in activities while reflecting on mental health and what it means to take care of yourself.
One of the most notable points that the KS2 children came up with was that “if you feel like you can’t cope, tell someone you trust.” What great advice!
KS1 had an afternoon talking about positivity and what we can do to make ourselves feel better. They all chose a word to describe themselves, some of their favourites were friendly, caring, kind and unique.
This week, we have actioned choosing reduced sugar cereals in Breakfast Club and from next Monday, we will have brown bread instead of white, for toast.
We will be working with the children to find out what makes a healthy breakfast and try different foods that are healthy and a great start to the day.
You may have seen in the news recently the Change4Life campaign which aims to cut down sugar intake in children.
There are many benefits to eating fruit at break times, including extra vitamins to fight off those germs!
Please ensure that if your child has a snack at break time, it is a piece of fruit.
You can visit the Change4Life website for more information.
This term, we will be developing MINDFULNESS in the school - the importance of finding time in the day to ‘Stop, Breathe and Be’. Posters will be going up around the school to remind us all to do this.
On Tuesday the 3rd of January, Pioneer staff took part in a Wellbeing INSET day.
We had visitors come in to show us how to promote our vitality and reduce our stress to be the best we can at our jobs.
We were split into three groups and for the day, we rotated into different activities.
One activity looked into nutrition and how going sugar-free can be beneficial to the body. We found some great recipes for sugar-free snacks that we really enjoyed!
The second activity showed us how our heartbeat reacted to emotions and to combat the more challenging emotions we might experience, we learnt different breathing techniques to calm our heartbeats.
The third activity was a brilliant yoga session. This showed us that exercise is a great way to clear the mind and relax. As a result, there will now be a staff yoga class weekly.
We learnt a lot during these sessions, especially about how important our wellbeing is and how having a good state of mind can really affect our work for the better.
We will be developing the technique of mindfulness with the pupils. There is a yoga class at Chiddingly Primary every Tuesday after school. If your child is interested in taking part, please speak to Miss Dutton in the office.