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Wellbeing Diary Date

  • Safer Internet Day - 9th Feb
  • Children's Mental Health Week -                  1st - 7th Feb: Express Yourself 
  • Odd Socks Day - 16th Nov
  • Anti-Bullying Week - 16th - 20th Nov              United Against Bullying
  • World Mental Health Day 'This is Me' - Friday 9th October

Useful contacts- 

Childline-

NSPCC helpline-

Health advice for children including feelings and anxiety-

Young Minds-

CAHMs - 

NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Services-

Many links and resources including support for a range of specific issues such as eating disorders, bereavement and domestic violence. 

Kooth-

Online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people

 

Anna Freud-

Advice for parents: 

Nottinghamshire confidential parentline-

 

 Parents' helpline from Young Minds-

 

 Anti-bullying advice:

 

Anti-Bullying Alliance

 Kidscape-

 

Cyberbullying advice- 

CEOP Thinkuknow-


Keeping children safe online- 


 

Mindfulness activities-

Yoga for kids - 


Yoga, breathing and mindfulness-


Relax Kids relaxation resources- 

 

Wellbeing and Mental Health Blog 2020 - 2021

 

Return to full school

 

We look forward to having you all back where you belong - as part of our school community!

 

From 8th March, we look forward to full classrooms, the sound of laughter, play and togetherness and our school, once again, being a hive of activity. We know that changes can make people anxious and we want you to know that if you have any difficulties, we are here to help you support you. We know that mental health matters! And we want to support you through this change. 

Take a look through the following activities and suggestions which may help to prepare your child for the return to school. 

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This ELSA social story may help too -

ELSA social story Back to School

You will find a leaflet from Nottinghamshire NHS Healthcare which also has suggestions to help your child make the transition back to school - 

Nottinghamshire_NHS_Return_to_School

We all get nervous, no matter how old we are. If you feel that you are having some worries similar to the start-of-term and you know that these feelings will pass when you get back to school, then they are probably "healthy worries" which are just helping you to prepare for a transition. Try some of the Techniques of the Month below which will support you and your mental health. However, if they are getting bigger or worse, taking up more of your time than they should, please speak to a parent and ask them to email your teacher. We can support you if you let us know. 

 

March 2021

Technique of the Month - Calming Strategies - 

February 2021

Technique of the Month - Guided Meditation - 

 

 

Children's Mental Health Week 2021: Express Yourself

 

We have been trying these grounding techniques. They are brilliant if you are feeling a bit anxious. Have you tried them? 

   

 Here are some other healthy coping skills for you to try. What have you done to empty your stress bucket today? 

Watch Ten Ten Life to the Full Express Yourself prayer reflection here...

Ten Ten Express Yourself reflection

Tips for how to express yourselves safely online...

Watch the Oaks Academy Express Yourself assembly here- 

Express Yourself assembly

 

Here are some links from the Department of Education for some mental health resources to support you and your child.

DFE mental health resources

Here are some mental health book suggestions from The Book Trust -  

Book Trust Mental-health-awareness/

January 2021

Technique of the Month - Stretching - 

 

 

It's hard to not say "Stop crying" to children but here are some good suggestions to try instead- 

 

December 2020 

Technique of the Month - Focusing on the present moment -

 

 

 November 2020

Technique of the Month - Detaching from our worries - 

 

Anti-Bullying Week 2020: United Against Bullying 

 

Wear odd socks on Monday 16th November and let your oddness shine on Odd Socks Day...

 

Why not try some of these suggestions from Action for Happiness New Ways November? "You never know what you can do until you try!" C.S. Lewis

 October 2020

Technique of the Month - Visualisation - 

 

World Mental Health Day - Friday 9th October

#youarenotalone #blueskiesahead


 

This World Mental Health Day, we are focusing on the theme This is Me and thinking about ways we can stand up and talk about our mental health without fear or embarrassment. Can you share how you're feeling and say "This is Me!"

 

 

Make sure you add a splash of yellow to your uniform on Friday 9th October to raise awareness for mental health and add some sunshine to your day. 

 

World Mental Health Day activities - 

Every class took part in activities on our theme of This is Me. Take a look at a selection of them below-




 

Take a look at Action for Happiness' Optimistic October calendar and see what you can do to improve your wellbeing this month.

  

September 2020 

Technique of the Month - Deep Breathing -

 

PSHE September lessons

Year 3 have been learning about feelings in their first PSHE lessons - different feelings, the range of intensity and how they change over time. They have been learning about anger and how it serves a purpose. They have created toolkits of strategies to help them manage their anger and use the 5 point scale to help them to regulate their anger. 


  

Year 5 have been learning about peer influences in their PSHE lessons. Look at these fab posters which they have created.

   

 

 Self-Care September

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Try some of these suggestions to boost your self-care and wellbeing, this month. 

 

Wellbeing is more important than ever as we start this new academic year. We are all delighted to see all of the children back in school and have some normality resumed as we begin the new school year...