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 email@example.com 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!
Self care? What is Self Care?
Hello my wonderful VPS family!
I hope the timetables on my previous post were useful for you and now you can start to structure your day better!I have found that having a routine for the day helps me to stay calm and on task? Does it help you too? It's so important to have a work/play balance in your day! Make sure you do at least one thing you love in a day! Today I want to talk about the different forms of SELF CARE!
What is self care?
'Self care is taking care of yourself, whether that be physically or mentally, it doesn’t mean you’re selfish if you do things in a manner that pleases you, instead of others. Self care can be done by yourself, or with other people' - Children's Society.
Is home learning a bit difficult? Read below on how a timetable may help you!
The Education Endowment Foundation (EFF) have produced a series of checklists to help parents and children manage their routines.
Supporting home learning routines: Planning the day
All the EEF materials to support home learning can be found here: https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/covid-19-resources#nav-covid-19-resources
Family Time activities can be anything from completing a puzzle, baking a cake, having a circle time together, debating a topic or just general play.
We encourage this if you have time to do so.
It may be a nice way to connect as a family and take a break from the worries of the world.
Physical Activity is also really important for your mental and physical well-being.
There are lots of things you can do at home. There are many YouTube PE lessons etc to follow.
A walk is suggested and encouraged but parents this is ultimately your decision.
Good morning everyone,
I hope you are well. This sunshine is such a gift at a time like this - I have been enjoying pottering about in my garden and then I spent the afternoon baking.
I made my first ever banana loaf! What have you been baking? We would love to see! Upload your yummy food on Purple Mash or send it in!
I am trying to upload my blog every few days as I know how busy you are with your incredible class learning but I like to give you some things that I think may help your well-being throughout this time.
As you know there are lots of rainbows, as a symbol of gratitude or hope, around at the moment. The lovely Debbie at ELSA support has created a resource that combines well-being and rainbows.
The 5 a day for well-being is really helpful at the moment for everyone. You can read about it here on the MIND website (for parents and carers). Below it explains the 5 a day approaches you can take to look after your own wellbeing.
Children you can colour the rainbow for your window and use one of the small ones each day to colour in each time you manage to achieve one of the aims!
DO NOT worry if do not have a printer! I've included a YouTube video for you to draw your own rainbow. After you have drawn your rainbow you can label it, and add colour to it each time you manage to achieve one of the well-being aims. :)
Take care everyone! Keep washing your hands!
I hope you are now settled into home learning after the Easter holidays. Some of you might be flying through the work set for you but some of you might be struggling. If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed I would like you to try something called 'meditation'.
Our minds can sometimes be a busy and challenging place to be. Our thoughts can whirl around our head - good thoughts and bad. We may begin to think about the future - but that is not worth stressing too much over as we don't know what could happen in the future! You might also think about things you wish you didn't do in the past - but we cant do much to change that either!
Hope you like this picture! I haven't drawn in a while.
Go and find somewhere in your house that is a quiet place... I know this may be tricky but see if you can! Now close your eyes.....
1. Think of a word or a sound that you find calming... It could me 'laaaaaaaa' or 'flower'. Say it softly in your head over and over again.
2. Start at 20 and slowly count down to zero with each deep breath you take.
3. Imagine you are in your happy place. It can be somewhere made up or somewhere you know. What can you see, hear, feel, smell?! Spend some time there in your mind.
I hope that you all had a restful and enjoyable Easter even if it may of felt a little bit strange. It really is a time where we might feel as if everything is a bit 'strange' or 'different'. If you are feeling like that, you are not alone. A lot of children, adults too, will be having the same thoughts as you.
I have shared and will continue to share ways you can manage these feelings over the next few weeks in my blog and on Purple Mash.
I have put some photos of what I have been up to on my blog today. As you know I have asthma ( I know some of you have asthma too as we've shared how we look after our condition) so I have to be really careful when I go outside. I need to wear a mask (my neighbour made me a leopard print one!) and sometimes I wear gloves (If I don't wear them I wash my hands lots and try not to touch anything but the handles of my bike) but I have been going outside for an hour a day on my bike to not only look after my physical health but its a really good way to look after my mental health too.
I have put some photos of what I have seen whilst on my travels around where I live.
Can you spot Canary Wharf?
There was an incredible display of rocks with heartwarming messages on a river bank close to my house that really made me smile.
They were made by a group of families who are from my community. What a lovely thing to do!
Something I also want to share is that we have some new children joining our VPS family! A big warm welcome to you all.
VPS children - I have created a 'welcome' blog on Purple Mash (Emily's ELSA Blog) for you to share your thoughts and introduce yourselves and our school.
Teachers and support staff are still here to listen to you if you need us. Purple Mash has been such a great way of connecting with different pupils across the school! If you are still unsure of how to use Purple Mash at home let your teachers know by contacting us by email firstname.lastname@example.org
and we can hopefully sort it out for you.
Take Care - Big Smiles!
Good evening everyone,
I hope you’re OK. I spent most of my day in the garden soaking up the sunshine, working on my laptop and reading my new book. It was so quiet but I quite enjoyed the sounds of nature around me. It is slowly becoming ‘My Happy Place’ at the moment.
The teachers and support staff have been sharing emails which have also been making me smile! Especially the photo of Salma with a fake cat on head!
Remember it’s really good to be in contact with family and friends. If you can Face Time your relatives (with permission from your parents/carers) do it, or comment on the Purple Mash blogs, keep sending in your work!
If you only have limited time on your computer/device you could always write letters to your friends, family, teachers and bring them with you when the time comes for us all to return back to school.
Tomorrow I would like you to think about your ‘Happy Place’.
I have a found a lovely ELSA worksheet to help you along. It could be real or somewhere from your imagination. I want you to use this drawing to help you picture your happy place whenever you are feeling a bit sad or lonely so it can put a smile on your face and remind you of happy thoughts!
I hope you’ve had a lovely day.
The teachers and TA’s have been sharing emails with each other today which has been lovely.
This post is to encourage you to get moving whilst you’re at home. You all know that to look after our mental health we also have to look after our physical health too.
Something I have seen that’s been very popular is PE with Joe Wicks on YouTube!
It is so much fun and it’s such a good workout. Clear a space in your house and copy the routines from the tablet or TV.
I did it this morning in my kitchen and it made me feel so good! You can watch me on the video I have posted...
Today's video is also linked below - you can check out the rest The Joe Wicks You Tube channel
I hope you are OK and had a wonderful weekend.
I went back to school today to work with the Key Workers children. It was so wonderful to see some familiar faces and see the other members of team VPS.
It made me hopeful that things will start to improve and when it is safe enough, we can all be together again having lots of fun and learning lots!
I hope that my previous blog post made you feel a bit better about what is going on in the world. You can always speak to us on Purple Mash if you need to talk about your worries.
Today on my blog - I have an activity for you!
Being bored is not fun and it can make you feel quite down.. that is why it is important to try to keep busy by taking part in different learning activities! This can be made easier by having a DAILY PLAN in place so that you don’t try to do everything in one go but have a routine to keep yourself happy, entertained with regular breaks!