Things are beginning to change, and slowly and safely it seems to be getting a little bit back to 'life before lock down'.
This might excite you, or worry you.
But it's OK - people will feel a mixture of different emotions.
Something I did want to let you know is as a school we are working hard to make sure you are aware of the changes for when you may return to school.
We will try our very best to ensure you know exactly what is happening.
At home, you might want to start brainstorming things you would like to find out about next year.
You might write down what questions you have? What are your worries? What are you looking forward to?
As you start to find out different things you can tick them off.
You can copy out the brainstorm on a piece of paper and send it in on Purple Mash to your teachers
or send them into firstname.lastname@example.org!
'You are stronger than you believe, braver than you know & smarter than you think!'
What is Self Esteem?
An activity that I would like you to try is a 'Well being Shield'
What do you already know about shields? What are they used for? Who used them? What were their purpose?
You may mostly know about them being used as a piece of armour (used in battle).
You're right- they were used as a piece of armour, for protection and to look “powerful”.
However today I want you to combine that 'power and strength' you would get from a shield and think about your own 'power and strengths'.
Did you know power and strength isn’t always physical - it’s emotional too.
What makes up your “armour”?
What are your characteristics and strengths that makes you powerful and strong? What activities make you feel powerful and strong?
You can either print out this sheet below, or create your own shield thinking about the characteristics and strengths.
For example mine would be:
Humorous, Loyal, Friendly, Loud, Creative.
For humorous I could draw someone laughing, for loyal I could draw a lion, for friendly I could draw a heart with people standing around it etc....
You may want to make your own one out of cardboard!
Good morning lovely VPS people,
I hope you are well. The weather is absolutely bonkers at the moment - one minute the sun is shining the next it's raining and chilly! This week we could get tempertures of 31 degrees! Yikes! I think a storm may follow as that is VERY hot for little old London town!
Storms can be a bit scary but some people find them quite relaxing! Just looking out the window at the rain gushing down and the lightening brightening up the sky can make you feel all cosy.
I guess the weather is a bit of a reflection of how some of us may be feeling at the moment. There's moments (like the sunshine) where we feel all warm and fuzzy and happy but then there may be days of feeling quite glum ( like a wet rainy day).
Today I want to give you some mindfulness tasks! Did you know that mindfulness is a valuable tool that can help us. If you try to do some mindfulness every day it could have an impact on your feelings of anxiety, as it can encourage you to be calmer.
You may want to add some mindfulness to the end of your school day to wind down reflect on what you achieved in your work.
Go and find a really cosy spot in your house and try out this video - it focuses on how 'breathing' can help to calm you down and help you to relax.
An optional 5 Day Elsa Support Mindfulness Challenge
A craft idea...
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!)