Celebrating Children's Mental Health Week 2021
This week our children at school have taken part in Mindfulness activities.
Here is a great photo of the KS2 bubble taking on ' Mindfulness Yoga! The Ks1 children really enjoyed the 'Wellness Warrior - The Power of Yet' videos to kick start their mornings!
Here is a collection of some fantastic Gruffalos! We hope to get all of your wonderful Gruffalos displayed in school to remind of us of this creative whole school Art Project! Thank you for getting involved and making this a huge success!
Some more excellent artwork!
Yusuf explains his colour choices for his Gruffalo!
Not forgetting our wondeful Gruffalos sent in by parents!
On Friday we took part in Place2Be's 'Dress To Express Day' - It was wonderful to see everyone dressed in bright colours and in outfits they felt best represented them as a person!
Interview with Aoife - Year 2 teacher
Nazimah (Year 6 School Councillor) interviews Emily the Emotional Wellbeing Leader (Me) :)
Interview with Shyma - Trainee Teacher.
Year 5/6 All About Me Posters! Here is a selection below:
Let's celebrate uniqueness and individuality this Children's Mental Health Week!
SCHEDULE FOR THIS WEEK:
A whole 28 days of ELSA activities!
If you are feeling a little bored at home why not give some of these AMAZING ELSA activities a try! I will attach the link and each day you could come and have a go at the activity which is based around the theme EXPRESS YOURSELF! All you need is a pencil, some paper and your imagination! Reflect how you feel when you do each activity - it may help to put you in the green zone!
Below I have chosen a beautiful quote to show you from The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse.
It says: ''This storm is long.''
''It will pass.''
''Yes'' said the horse.
''So hold on''.
Keep holding on everyone! You are more resilient than you know and if you are struggling make sure you reach out to either, your parents, me, your teacher or someone that you trust!
These times will pass and we will be able to reunite again when times are safer.
''Now, as always, we are all in this together, and we can only get through it together'' -This Is Beyond.
You proved you could do 'remote learning' once before and I am certain that you can do it again!
On the ELSA blog I will try to leave you some things to do in your day to look after your emotional wellbeing.
You have Google Classrooms to chat to us if you need us for anything.
The Purple Mash ELSA blog is also back in action so please reach out to me or your teachers if you have any questions.
14 Isolation Diary
Parents, are you looking for half-term ideas for things to do?
Help children to #Thrive by taking a look at these resources to help the whole family feel good about life. They are simple and straight forward resources to support mental well-being for the whole family.
Dear Year 6,
Your legacy will always live on at VPS.
You gave the school such an energy and your laughter was so infectious. There have been many times you have made me laugh but spending time with Group 2 the last few weeks has been an absolute blast!
All the staff have really enjoyed getting to know you throughout your time at Virginia and each one of you bring something so special to this world.
Please remember all of the conversations we've had in 'The Space' or in class about being assertive and standing up for what is right and supporting others to do the same.
Follow your dreams & reach for the stars Year 6,
We'll really miss you - you are always welcome to come back and visit us!
Best of luck for secondary- show them what a VPS child is made of!
All of my love.
A worry jar can be incredibly helpful for you to dump/write down your worries. You might find that just writing them down gives them that outlet to forget your worry or it is a way of dealing with it.
If you wish to show your parents they may help with that particular worry. If not try to think of a they plan/strategy for dealing with that worry.
A to Z of Wellbeing after lockdown
Why not have a go at this wonderful A to Z worksheet and try to think about all the things you will need to ensure your wellbeing is looked after throughout the holidays and when we return to school
Good morning all,
How are you? Did you have a nice weekend?
I hope you had some time for some self care.
I took some time out this weekend to write down everything I have achieved this school year and the positive things that has happened.
I know it's been a really strange time the last few months but actually, writing things down helped me to see all the great times we've all had before lockdown, and the positives during it.
It was nice to reflect on all the good times and small achievements I have made.
Why don't you try this too? On a piece of paper write down everything you have achieved. What positive changes have you made? Have you progressed in your learning? Have you developed a better mindset?
Good morning everyone,
I hope you are ok and enjoying the sunshine! I am working outside in my garden this morning.
Here is a photo of me and some of the children at school yesterday! It was very hot but we completed all the learning on the blogs! We got a little bit silly when we realised how we could take photos on the chromebook! :)
Today I want to leave you with a Self Esteem acitvity.
Some people think self esteem is feeling good about yourself. But self esteem is more than that.
'Self esteem is something that must come from inside your own heart. Self esteem doesn't come from someone giving you a trophy or telling you you're great. Self esteem is about believing in your heart that you are able to make choices you are proud of, and that even when you make a mistake, you are still worth loving.'
When you don't have strong self-esteem, you could say you have low esteem, or low self-esteem.
Happy Monday everyone,
I hope you had a wonderful weekend and spent some of the time resting too!
My little sister has started her own baking business so I got to try out some of her treats!
I am really proud of her because she was meant to take her GCSE's this year but because of Covid19 she wasn't able to. She's had to have a positive mindset and she used this time to get better at baking - so is now so good - she's selling her treats :)
They were SO yummy - the one to the right was a chocolate Oreo Brownie and the one below is a a Custard Cream Blondie!
Have you developed a new skill? I would love to know what this new skill may be?
Today I have recorded a video of different ways you can manage the feeling of 'worry'.
I have also left you with two activities to complete if you wish :)
Have a nice day!
Be safe, Be kind, BE YOU!
I hope you are all well and have been enjoying your home learning :)
Today I have a video and a task you may like to try! First watch the video to help you understand what it means to have 'a bucket full of happiness'
Did you know that we all have an invisible bucket and we should try to fill each other's bucket every day with acts of love and kindness.
When you fill someone else's bucket you fill your own bucket too - making someone feel happy can make you feel happy too.
Other people can fill your bucket by giving you compliments or being nice to you - giving you a warm hug, making you laugh, or doing something kind for you.
I have attached a bucket full of happiness worksheet for you to either print off or copy onto a page.
You can fill your bucket up with lots of things that make you feel happy - you can add to it daily/weekly :)
Have a wondeful weekend :)
Be safe- Be Kind - Be YOU!
I hope you all have had a good start to your week! Today I returned to work after a long time.
It was lovely to see lots of familiar faces and other teachers and TA's.
It made me so hopeful that things WILL get better and slowly but surely, we will all be together again one day having lots of fun and learning new exciting things.
I hope my previous post was helpful to some of you- remember we are always here to listen to your worries.
So today your activity it to:
Learn more about your own family and celebrate different types of families.
This activity is inspired by Stonewall and I found this activity on https://dreambigathome.uk/
Upload your work to Purple Mash - I would love to see it! :)
Be safe, Be kind , Be YOU!
Draw your family.
Start with the people you live with, then add other members of your extended family if you have them. Family doesn’t have to be people you are related to by birth – who feels like family to you?
Think about some other families.
Draw a family tree for someone whose family is quite different to yours.
Good morning wonderful VPS children!
I hope you have all had a wonderful half term.
The weather has been absolutely beautiful, I know it has certainly put a HUGE smile on my face! What have you been up to? Please share with us on the blogs on Purple Mash!
Here is a photo taken yesterday when I had a safely distanced picnic in the park. I felt so HAPPY yesterday - I was very grateful for the lovely green space, reconnecting with my best friend (2M of course) and the weather. I took a walk down the canal too which glistened in the beautiful sun.
It was timed perfectly ( I still don't know how I managed to jump that high!)
Good morning lovely people,
So today marks the end of the ELSA 5 days of kindness challenge! I hope you have enjoyed it and remember to continue to be much kinder to yourself. You are so important - Look after yourself - You matter.
Yesterday morning I went on a walk around the docks. I saw the most beautiful family of ducklings! They were SO cute and fluffy. They really made my day!
Remember it is half term next week so make sure you use this time to recharge your batteries! Do different things that make you happy! If you can, please try to go outside next week (safely and with parental permission) and feel the rays of sunshine on your skin. Take some deep breaths and tell yourself I CAN DO THIS!
I am laughing because as I was writing this part of the blog (we write them the day before) I heard an ice cream van and I got SO excited, I jumped up and ran in scrambling about my purse for money so I could buy one. I felt like I was a child again!
I will attach the last acitvity below!
Have a wonderful half term and keep being the amazing stars that you are!
Also- for those celebrating, have a beautfiul Eid celebration with your family! Make sure you send in lots of pictures!:)
BIG BIG BIG SMILES!
It is DAY 4 of the Mental Health Awareness Week Challenge!
I hope you liked the Olaf video! I had some good feedback on my PM that some of you found it very comforting to watch.
Yesterday I had such a productive day - I got up really early and went for a run around the local park. worked on the blogs, posted some stuff on Twitter and finished my day with some wonderful phone calls with some of the children in my class! It always cheer me up hearing how you are and what you have been up too!
Zakiya in Y4 said has been completeing some of the ELSA blog work and I was thrilled to hear that! :) Well done I am glad you are enjoying it.
Yesterday when I was running I felt so empowered, but I had to DRAG myself out of bed to get there but it was SO worth it.
You wont regret it :)
Big Smiles - Take Care!
You all know how being active is also linked to having a good mental health. I know it is sometimes difficult to do things in your house but try to do at least 1 hour of focused exercise a day. Whether you run on the spot, go for a long walk, ride your bike around your estate or park, just try to get some activity back into your routine as safely as you can!
Good morning sunshines,
This week I am doing a daily blog because it is 'Mental Health Awareness Week' and I really want you all to think about how you can look after your own mental and physical well-being during these times.
Today I will be talking about how being more hopeful will help you to be happier!
Being hopeful means believing things can be better.
It doesn't always mean things will be better but having that little bit of hope that things COULD be better makes us feel much happier.
Having a little bit of hope is changing our thoughts from negative to positive.
It's about saying I CAN instead of I CAN'T - it's about saying things may be difficult right now but hopefully things MAY get better and that's what you should focus on.
So try to think about how you can change your negative thoughts or words to positive.
Think about how you can plan something to have a POSITIVE outcome and what steps you need to take to get there.
You'll get there - I believe in you.