Wellbeing

Wellbeing of yourselves and your families
 
Keep calm

Children will be most affected by how people around them are reacting. Try to keep an atmosphere of calm at home. Keep up to date with important news, but make sure that talk about the coronavirus does not overtake all conversations. It might be a good idea to include some time for relaxation every day. There are lots of apps and YouTube channels that offer guided relaxation activities. You could try: Headspace app, Calm app, cosmic kid’s yoga. Make time for other calming activities that children enjoy: Drawing, listening to music, painting, sand play, colouring, writing stories and reading.
 
Keep informed

If your child/ren would like information about coronavirus make sure it is coming from factual, age appropriate resources. Some children may be old enough to watch Newsround or there are some online resources that have been written for children such as: Comic book for children: 
Childline has supportive resources too. Visit
 
Keep connected

While you are in isolation, make sure you keep connected to friends and family by using the phone and internet. Zoom is a great way to connect with family and friends at the same time.
 
Stay Active

Getting outside, running around, gardening or just a good walk can really help with mental wellbeing. For those needing more structure there are many online activities and Joe Wicks has announced he will hold free 30 minute PE lessons on his YouTube Channel every day from 9am -5pm.
 
Project work that can support wellbeing

Here are some ideas for work that can be done at home to support wellbeing.
 
Happy Place

Encourage your child to draw or write a description of a happy place to look at/read about whenever he/she feels anxious. Your child should think about how the place makes them feel and what they can see, hear, smell and touch in their happy place.
 
Signs of Spring

Sunshine and being outdoors help us to feel better so if you are able to get outside and still follow social distancing regulations, you could make the most of the changing season and gather some evidence of the start of spring:
 
Books and films

Enjoy books and films together.

After your child has read or watched a film you could create a learning opportunity by talking about how the characters were feeling and whether or not they made good choices or displayed good friendship skills.

Inside Out is a great film to support a discussion about feelings. After watching the film, Wonder, you could chat about being a good friend.

Keeping activities varied is important. Every day more lists pop up online of activities to do whilst children are at home so it might be a good time to try something new.
 
Try one of these ideas:
 
Above all, look after yourself and your own wellbeing. Our children need their role models to remain calm, positive and happy to be spending valuable time together.

We are here to support you – please use the Class Dojos to communicate any concerns or celebrations with your child’s class teaching team.