Day 5 of the Kindness to Yourself challenge!
Don't worry if you have missed it this week! I have put all 5 days challenges on the document below.
Place2Be Kindness Cup Nominations!
Shyma would like to nominate Amelia and Aaliyah (Year 2) and Adam (Year 1) for making a lovely birthday card for me. Aaliyah also made a thank you card for the teachers too!! That is very kind Aliyah!
Shay has nominated Pauline for making home learning packs for children and delivering them door to door!! What a wonderful selfless thing to do Pauline! You are so kind and caring!
ELSA KIND TO YOURSELF CHALLENGE DAY 4
Some people like writing down their thoughts and feelings as it is a way to express worries onto paper!
I know some of you already have a diary which you use to express yourself or document how your day went.
Today's task is thinking about 'What went well?' - It's so important to look for the positives in every day and recognise what small achievements you have made.
also make your own diary on today's challenge either using Purple Mash tools or one at home using paper :)
Kindness Cup Nominations...
Salma nominated Syedi in Year 6! Well done Syedi! You are doing SO well! :)
Alice has also nominated Tanisha for asking how she was whilst on a phonecall home :) What a lovely selfless thing to do Tanisha - Well done :)
But first I would like you to watch this video called ' I Am With You' by Olaf. It’s such a wonderful song, written from the point of view of Olaf as he is composing a letter to an unnamed friend about how much he misses them and can’t wait to see them again.
I love this song because it is so positive and shows that although we may not be beside someone physically we always are there for people because we CARE!
Hope you enjoy my blog today!
Take care..Big smiles!
Place 2Be Kindness Cup!
Olivia has nominated Ruth for taking care of Year 4!
Salma has nominated Aman and his mum for their lovely act of kindess!
Good morning everybody,
It's DAY 2 of Mental Health Awareness Week!
I want you to really think about what kindness means to you?
I think that the true meaning of kindness is when you choose to do something for yourself or someone else that you know will be positive and uplifting to whatever the situation is. I believe true kindness comes from the heart and it's often those moments when someone opens a door for you, let's you sit down on a packed train, notices someone is sad and invites them to play in a game, or when someone gives you a compliment that really matters.
Here is a small story of kindness I have seen at VPS...
(although there are LOTS I have chosen this one!)
Ariya in Year 2 will notice and open a door for me if I am trying to get through (I often have lots of equipment or folders of some sort in my hands !) as Year 4 and 2 classrooms are next door so we often see the lovely Year 2. Ariya will ALWAYS say 'Hello Emily' and she never forgets to say ''Thank You'' if I am holding a door and I always think that she shows remarkable kindness to others. Nobody has asked Ariya to do what she does- she just does it because she knows that it's respectful and a kind thing to do. I don't even think she knows she does it sometimes!
Kindness forms itself in different ways but I think it's those little moments of someone looking out for another person that really counts!
Today I am going to talk about two things you can get involved with..
The 'Place 2Be' Kindness Cup and the Day 2 ELSA challenge!
Place2Be's Kindness Cup
For #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, we're celebrating acts of kindness in our school. Is there a staff member or a friend/family member you think is really kind?
Let me know who and what they have done so we can celebrate their kindness with a @Place2Be Kindness Cup!
These people will be awarded a virtual certificate and placed on Twitter! All you need to write is ''I nominate __________ for _________''. You can email into firstname.lastname@example.org or on Purple Mash!
Kindness and mental health are deeply connected. At this difficult time, we want to celebrate the many examples of exceptional kindness we are seeing through our schools, as people go above and beyond to make a positive difference for the members of their school community. Our virtual 'Kindness Cups' are a way to celebrate the incredible acts of kindness taking place across our school communities.
Yousif in Year 4 has kicked off the kindness cup awards by sending in a nomination for Sam in Year 4! Well done Sam!
Kalid also very kindly nominated Salma and I for an award :) Thank you Kalid it was really nice to read.
Day 2 of ELSA Challenge...
Today you can write or draw about a mistake you may have made today (or yesterday).
It is really important to our mental health when we forgive ourselves for mistakes we may have made. Everybody makes mistakes - there is nobody who is perfect!
We can always learn from our mistakes!
Follow the layout below! :)
I hope you have had a wonderful weekend! Did you do anything nice? I took part in a fabulous quiz with my family for my Dad and brother's birthday. (That's my brother Alfie in the photo) I am missing them so much but I hope to see them soon.
When I really miss them, I just try to think of all the really happy times we've had and how we can have many more when it is safe to do so. I bet some of you are missing family members too. I am so grateful for technology - it has enabled us to connect which is so important for all of us to have a healthy mind.
This week is 'Mental Health Awareness Week' - and the theme is 'KINDNESS'. Across your class blogs and Purple Mash there will be a focus on 'kindness' and the importance of talking about how you feel and focusing on looking after your own mental health.
Scroll down to find out more...
What is mental health?
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.
Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. (mentalhealth.org)
How is Mental Health and Kindness connected? (adapted from mentalhealth.org.uk)
Kindness is defined by doing something towards yourself and others to make a positive difference. We know from the research that kindness and our mental health are deeply connected. It helps reduce stress, brings a fresh perspective and deepens friendships. Kindness to ourselves help boost our self-esteem. Kindness can even improve feelings of confidence.
I will be posting a 5-day ELSA challenge all around KINDNESS that the lovely Debbie has created for children across the world. Today - think about all the things you do today that YOU deserve a compliment for.
For example- waking up on time, conquering a tricky maths problem, being kind to your sibling etc.
You can print it out if you would like :)
Good morning everyone,
I hope that you are all OK ! Thank you for sharing your wonderful words, thoughts, memories, poems about Lizzie. They were truly heartwarming and we will be sure to pass on your wonderful words to her family.
Today I want to talk to you about 'MINDSET'. Some of you will be familiar with the term 'GROWTH MINDSET' as it's something we focus on a lot at school to ensure we get the very best out of our learning.
I don't have an activity for today's blog post but it's something I want you to read and reflect on for next week.
MINDSET: mind-set - noun -an attitude, disposition, or mood.
No, but seriously...I really CAN.
Learning at home is VERY different to learning at school but it's all about YOUR attitude which will make it either a positive or very negative experience.
You need to have some strategies in place for when you have days where you think you CANT do it!
Teachers and TA's are always ready to answer any questions you may have about the learning - whether it's through email or purple mash.
You can also HELP YOURSELF to develop a better growth mindset. You can change your words like the picture I have included below.
You can also help yourself by having a routine and trying har to stick to it. You will have days where your learning may be disrupted but its all about how you get back on tarck that counts.
We are super proud of all of you, and I know that sometimes laying down on your bed like Mr Egg will happen but you CAN do it and you have our support.
Have a lovely weekend and really think about how you can get your mindset back on track next week to ensure you are getting the very best out of your learning.
It has been a little while since I wrote a blog post as it has been the bank holiday weekend! I have been spending time with my family who I live with and have spent some time in the kitchen baking....( I will tell you more about this soon).
On VE Day, I went for a long walk as part of my daily exercise. I was lucky enough to see the RAF Red Arrows Fly Over - it was brilliant. I have uploaded some photos for you to see.
It really was a wonderful day to remember the great heroes who fought and those who lost their lives in conflict for our country.
What have you been up to over the weekend? Have you learnt anything new? We really love to see your photos!
Today my blog is all about YOU and to thank you for being a 'Stay At Home Hero!'
Did you know that YOU are infact a hero too?
I know that is a really difficult time for you all - and I know that sometimes it really is difficult to get yourself motivated as learning at home is so different from learning at school but YOU are a hero in this situation.
(We will be looking at mindset later in the week).
YOU have had to be so brave.
It has been a strange time but YOU are still doing your best.
YOU have had to deal with so many changes - BIG changes that even us adults are having to deal with.
Keep on being the BEST you can be!
Below is a poem that I wanted to share with you all. https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/
Definition of a hero!
a : a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities
b : a person who is greatly admired
I hope you've had a lovely weekend with your family.
The weather hasn't been as great has it? To be honest, I've quite enjoyed the rain. It's very calming sitting on the sofa listening to the rain hitting the window whilst enjoying a cup of tea and too many biscuits (haha)!
Today I want to show you a resource that you might like...
(parents I will attach a link so you can print out if you need to).
As you all know, we are living through extraordinary times!
This time of our lives will go down in history and you have been part of this history so why not document it?
You can use this resource as a start and if you cant print it out NO problem! Make your own! Use the ideas, get a shoe-box and fill it with lots of different things to do with what is happening at the moment!
I hope you have fun with this!