Well done for a FABULOUS return back to VPS! We are so delighted to be teaching you in the classroom again, even though there are lots of changes!
You have all coped well with the new Covid safe rules and it is so good to see such a buzz around the school as you take part in lots of exciting learning.
The Daily Mile has been going well too. Majority of the classes (weather permitting) have been running everyday - what a great way to improve your mental health by exercising and clearing your mind whilst keeping fit!
I have really enjoyed seeing Year 5 and 6 at 'The Space' - I am so glad you sign up and use this space to talk so well about any issues you are facing, or just as a time to have some 'space' away in the day.
Year 6 have really been incredible during the 'Zones of Regulation lessons- I am so thrilled when I hear you talking about what zone you are in, and also identifying other peoples body language and mood to identify which zone they may be in!
You have produced some amazing work.
It is half term this week so below I have put a link to a Top 10 things to do in Half Term.
On my Purple Mash blog I have put a 'Self Care Suggestion' where you can tell us what you may do to take care of yourself this week so that others can maybe try what you do!
Have a wonderful week! Be kind, stay safe and enjoy!
See you soon.
A few weeks ago, Year 6 took part in a lesson for #WorldMentalHealthDay They were mature, open and happy to discuss the challenges of mental health, even relating to a character in their current class novel.
Here are some of their positive messages of support to others! You can find more of these beautiful messages displayed in the learning space.
Well, this week is the last week of the whole school year and what a weird year it has been.
COVID 19 has been something that has challenged us all in one way or another at different points. Like I have said before you have all been HEROES with coping witch such big changes, whilst also producing high quality work. I have attached a 'A to Z of Wellbeing' for you to think about what you will need as the lockdown begins to relax to make sure you are mentally looking after yourself. I have also attached a 30 challenge activity pack further down this blog to keep you busy and positive during the summer holidays!
Parents if you are interested in this for your child either print off from the link below or contact the school for a pack.
Ruth and I were reflecting on the lock-down on Friday during the keyworkers children circle time and we both said how grateful we our for the little things and how we will never take simple things for granted. What are you more grateful for now? We can talk about this more in September!
The reason I have used the photo above is because normally at the end of the year, it is the children who will make cards or tell their teachers 'thank you' for their hardwork. However, I wanted to use this opportunity to say THANK YOU to YOU because each one of you have touched all of the teachers lives throughout this year. We really appreciate you all showing rights respecting behaviour, and being so kind to eachother.
We appreciate how you use your growth mindset to complete the work and make teaching such a joy for all of us. We appreciate how you smile and ask us how we are feeling, make us wonderful cards, trust us with your worries and fears and make us feel so proud.
So THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANKYOU!!
I will wrap this up now, but please all remember to have a safe, restful summer holiday.
We cannot wait to hopefully see you all in September!
Keep being the stars that you all are!
'How luck are we to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard...'
ELSA Support Summer Holiday Challenge Diary 2020
What you can do if you feel worried...
''“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl''
I hope you are well. Monday 6th July we will be welcoming Year 4 and 5 back into school to say goodbye to their teachers and meet their new teacher and TA!
We really hope you can make it - we have made it as possibly as safe as we can!
If you cannot make it, please do not worry. We will still be thinking of you and we will miss you but we understand.
Today I want to talk to you about being GRATEFUL.
Did you know finding things to be grateful about can really boost wellbeing.
definition:feeling thankful or showing thanks for kindness or something pleasing.
Things we can be grateful for:
I have attached an activity you might want to do at home!
This gratitude jar will help you to look for the positives in your lives.
'Being Grateful' is strongly linked to being happy.
The jar without lines can be decorated with pictures, photographs and words. Make it colourful. It could also be used each day and you could add just one thing for that day they you grateful or thankful for.
Of course you could make an actual jar with a lovely label and ask the child to fill it each day with things they are grateful for.
I will attach the file if you have a printer but if you don't, either draw out your own jar, or fill a box or jar around the house with all the things you are grateful for.
Click here to print:
Here are some other ways you can express gratitude...
Say please and thank you.
Our manners show that we do not believe we are entitled to anything, and that in fact, we appreciate whatever comes our way.
Help someone less fortunate.
This could be your neighbour down the street, grandma, or someone you know who is in a tough spot.
Send out thank you cards/.Give someone a gift.
Express your gratitude for those who have added value to your life.
Look for awe-inspiring moments in your day.
Share your gratitude at bedtime.
Take five minutes at the end of the day to ask yourself about what you are thankful for that day.
Share the things you appreciate about another person.
Write a letter.
Write a letter to someone who has touched his life in some way.
Create a family gratitude list.
Post it on the fridge. Add to it when necessary.
Create a family gratitude journal.
Leave it somewhere where everyone can access it and encourage your family to write in it whenever they are feeling grateful.
Always look for the positive.Find something positive in frustrating situations and discuss it..
Take gratitude walks.While you walk, look for the simple pleasures in the day, such as the warm sun or the birds singing and express appreciation for them. Use this time to ask your kids what they are grateful for.
How are you doing?
I hope you have started to gather together your thoughts/questions for us to try to answer. Remember you can talk to us on Purple Mash or email your Question mind maps to email@example.com
On Friday, you will receive some information about an invitation to come into school to meet your new teachers and for us to wish you a happy summer holiday.
We are really hopeful that most of you every will be able to come back to school for a short time to see your friends, say goodbye to your teachers and meet your new ones.
This will happen in the playground (hall if raining) and in groups no bigger than 15 children, physically distanced.
At school Joan and Barbara are working super hard to finalise the times/days so make sure you remind your parents to keep their eyes peeled for more information!
Something that I also want to share with is that we will be saying goodbye to Shay and Louise at the end of the school year.
Shay is going to be working in a school in Newham, closer to home, and Louise will be pursuing her passion of working with children with complex needs in a special school. Both Shay and Louise will be greatly missed by us all.
They have really made a difference to us all at VPS- their kindness and support will be remembered.
Today I want to share with you a special story and an activity that I love about 'making a difference' .
Hope you enjoy it.
Be safe, Be kind. Be YOU!
The Starfish Story
As you read this story I want you to think about these two questions:
What is the message of the story?
What could the starfish represent?
Did you enjoy this story? Every-time I read it, it warms my heart!
The starfish story is such a powerful story to help people understand that the smallest act of kindness can make a huge difference! Doing something kind or helpful for someone, no matter how small it is, makes a huge difference!
I will leave you with a sheet that you can track all of the times you complete a small act of kindness or support someone!
Give it a go and see if you can fill the whole sheet!
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!)
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.
How many of you have felt like this picture of an egg during our time at home.
I know I have - I have had days where I have been SUPER productive and had a really positive mindset and days where I just really couldn't get myself motivated.
I TOTALLY understand that this is a really challenging time for you all right now...BUT I want you to think about your mindset to your learning and how we can improve it!
As you may already know, we have some sad news that Lizzie, our very special staff member, has died.
I know most of you will have heard of cancer, and know that sometimes people with cancer get better, but other times people die from it.
Lizzie had been been ill with cancer for a long time and died peacefully at home surrounded by her family.
We have created some blogs for you on Purple Mash to talk about your own feelings, and to talk openly about the relationship that you had with Lizzie.
Some of you may want to share a happy special memory that you have of Lizzie - something you will always remember and treasure.
I will also attach some activities you may like to do at home to help with how you're feeling.
We are all here for you if you need us.
Make a card with a ‘thinking about you’ message Make a card or letter to show you care.
Make a thank you card
More ideas below.
I have attached an activity for you to talk about how you have been a COVID19 Superhero!
You can talk about how your superpowers have been ranging from 'super courage' to 'positivity power'
We are super proud of you all!
Good morning everybody!
Today I have a fun task for you!
I have asked the lovely VPS staff to send me in their baby photos!
Can you guess who is who....I have made a post on Purple Mash for you to submit your answers! Get guessing!
I wonder who will be champion and guess them all right?!
Have a lovely day
Big Smiles :)