Mental Health and Wellbeing during Home Learning

We have put together this bank of resources, from various sources, to help support you and your children with mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic and lockdown period.

Remember although schools are closed to most pupils at the moment, we are very much still open, working and here to support children and families. If you are finding any aspect of home learning or lockdown tricky, please do use Class Dojo to message your child's class teacher or another member of the school team who you feel comfortable talking with.

We would love to see any photos of any of the activities you have a go at on this page, so please do send them to your class teacher on Class Dojo.

Mabe Wellbeing Grid and Family Foggy Time Activity
Action For Happiness
Action for Happiness - https://www.actionforhappiness.org/february - Each month the Action For Happiness movement produces a calendar with suggested activities for well-being and happiness. Each month there is different theme and this months theme is 'Friendly Friday'. These are a firm favourite of mine and help remind me to do little things for myself and other, it always leaves me smiling.

Relax Kids
Relax Kids: https://www.relaxkids.com have been posting these daily affirmations and relaxing exercises on their Facebook page. Use the arrows each side of the pictures to click through the protos and choose a relaxing exercise or affirmation for the day.

Wellbeing Guide Book
Feelings Monsters - Feelings monsters can be a great way to explore emotions with children as it gives them a character on which to hang their feelings. Children find it helpful that each of the monsters can come and go and they can stand up to the monsters when they want to change how they are feeling. Here are some Feeling monster resources from the teacher resource site Twinkl. Other activities can also be found online e.g. making a sock/stick puppet monsters for different feelings/emotions (as pictured above), making them out of clay or painting/drawing them. Children can often find it hard to put words to their feelings and so creative outlets such as drawing, painting or making can help them begin to express how they are feeling.
This digital guide book for parents and children aged 7 -12 has been produced by Happy Space UK, a mental wellbeing charity, and Now and Beyond to create this mental wellbeing toolkit. It contains some good advice, tips and activities to help children and parents identify feelings and make them feel more managable. More information about, and resources from Happy Space UK can be found here: https://www.happyspace.org.uk

Feelings Monsters

Time To Get Moving
It's important to keep moving during lockdown and there are plenty of ways to do it. Here are some suggestions and Joe Wicks 5 minute workout cards to get you started:
  • Joe Wicks is live on a Monday, Wednesday (quiz included) and Friday (where he dresses up as something different each week). As well as these live sessions there is a back catelogue of previous sessions you can still access and use on his Youtube Channel.
  • BBC Supermovers - this is another super free resources. BBC Supermovers combines learning based songs with dance and fitness. Click here to view the KS1 page or click here to go to the KS2 page. There are also some wellbeing themed Supermovers videos here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/pshe-super-mood-movers/zm2gydm
  • Going for a walk in the middle of the day, it could be to the local woods or just a potter around the village.

Take A Break
Mabe Wellbeing Grid and Family Foggy Time Activity - Mrs Kent has kindly put together thus grid of wellbeing suggestions and this family time activity. Your class teachers would love to see photos of any of the activities you have had a go at on this page.