Health and Wellbeing
Wonderful Walk of Kindness in order to raise funds for the British Red Cross
Have loads of fun this summer in our local area with lots of sport and physical activity opportunities:
Action for Happiness Calendar: Joyful June (even in difficult times) 2020
Mental Health Awareness Week, May 2020 information from KOOTH
KOOTH 5 Steps to Wellbeing
KOOTH Parents and Carers Information
ACTION FOR HAPPINESS CALENDAR: Meaningful May, 2020
Understanding Relationships and Health Education in your child's primary school: a guide for parents
As the nation is currently coping with the stresses of the Coronavirus pandemic it is not possible or appropriate to schedule parent/carer information events regarding the statutory changes to the Relationships and Health Education curriculum (which forms part of PSHE). However, we wish to reassure all stakeholders that we will be conducting consultation events so as a school community we can agree as to how and when the content of the statutory guidance should be delivered. Also be reassured that teaching of the content of the Relationships and Health education will be reflective of the chronological and emotional age of the pupil.
Further information will be shared in due course.
Advice for Parents During Coronavirus from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)
NSPCC suggested books for children who are worried or anxious:
The NSPCC Library and Information Service has created a reading list of books for children who are worried or anxious. I have selected a few from their list which I believe will be of great help generally, but particularly while our nation is in 'Lockdown'. Please refer to the NSPCC website for their full reading list.
Keep well and stay safe.
1. Something Bad Happened: A Kid's Guide to Coping With Events in the News, By Dawn Huebner
When children learn about something big and bad - even when they hear only bits and pieces - their brains get busy trying to make sense of it. Where did it happen? Why did it happen? And especially, will it happen again? Something Bad Happened guides children ages 6 to 12 and the adults who care about them through tough conversations about national and international tragedies. The non-specific term "bad thing" is used throughout, keeping this a flexible tool, and so children are never inadvertently exposed to events their parents have chosen not to share. Fear, sadness and uncertainty about the "bad thing" all are normalized, and immediately usable coping tools provided. For children and parents to read together, this one-of-a-kind resource by child psychologist and best-selling author Dawn Huebner provides comfort, support and next steps for children learning about troubling world events.
2. Starving the Anxiety Gremlin: a cognitive behavioural therapy workbook on anxiety management for children aged 5-9, By Kate Collins-Donnelly
Workbook for parents and practitioners to use with children aged 5 to 9. Based on cognitive behavioural principles, it uses activities to teach children how to manage their anxiety by changing how they think and act. Includes: stories, puzzles, quizzes, drawing and writing games.
3. Super coach Arty vs. the shadow: taking the fear out of failure, By Lorraine Thomas:
Presents a creative way for children to help them to manage their own worries. Includes practical guidance for parents and teachers on how to use the book and specific coaching activities. Aimed at children aged 8-12 years.
4. The Panicosaurus: managing anxiety in children including those with Asperger syndrome, By K.I. Al-Ghani
Illustrated storybook for younger children, including children with Asperger's syndrome. Uses simple storylines and the character of the Panicosaurus to explain how the brain works to produce anxiety. Shows children how they can manage and take control of their own level of anxiety.
5. What To Do When You Worry Too Much: a kid's guide to overcoming anxiety by Dawn Huebner and Bonnie Matthews
Self-help book to guide 6 - 12 year olds and their parents through the cognitive behavioural techniques most often used in the treatment of generalised anxiety. Uses metaphors and humorous illustrations to explain difficult concepts. Includes drawing and writing exercises to help children to master new skills related to reducing anxiety. Provides an introduction for parents and caregivers. Looks at what a worry is, how a worry gets started, making worries go away; spending less time on worries; talking back to worries, re-setting your system and keeping worries away.
6. Difficult Days for Dinosaur Douglas, by Heather Maisner and Alex Godwin,
Picture book featuring Dinosaur Douglas and friends, who experience stress in everyday situations and learn to deal with them. Concerns child brain development and in the impact of stress. Written in consultation with Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, NSPCC, and FrameWorks.
7. Monkey Mind and The Mountain: mindfulness for 8-80 year olds (and older). By Cheryl Rezek
Introduction to mindfulness for children including practical relaxation activities aimed at reducing stress and anxiety. Discusses why difficult feelings are experienced, the reasons for and situations when these occur and how best to respond to them. For children over 8-years-old. Can be used by parents and carers with younger children.
Action For Happiness: Active Coping Calendar for April, 2020
Children’s Commissioner’s Briefing: Health Inequalities in Childhood, March 2020
Wellbeing at Leys Primary School
At Leys Primary School, we take mental health very seriously - as seriously as physical health. Every class regularly engages in a wide range of activities that develop competencies and strategies for strong mental health through both the PSHE, and PE subject curriculum, as well as developing sensibility and empathy through our school Buddy, and Wellbeing Champions systems.
Wider school experiences, such as school trips and sporting fixtures, along with a multitude of creative opportunities such as assembly performances, class presentations, and participation in borough and national competitions, galas and festivals for poetry, writing, and singing, develop our pupils' confidence, awareness of self and empathy for others; all of which contribute to a clear awareness of their own and others' wellbeing.
As a school we are proud of our achievements in evidencing our commitment to this area of personal development through our work to achieving the accreditation of: Wellbeing Award For Schools which we secured in July,2019 (please see the accreditation logo above). Our commitment to continuing excellence in this area is unwavering.
Congratulations to our Leys Primary School Wellbeing Champions
Children: Maaz, Lacey, Priscilla, Jake, Ruby and Kaiden
Staff: Mrs Rogers, Mrs Gough, Mr Gormer, Mrs Hampson, Miss Ashby, Miss Fagan and Mr De La Cruz
Governors: Dame Anna Hassan DBE
Parents/Carers: Mrs Oluwasaseun Anintolu-Amao, Ms Sadia Shaikh, Mr Rob Lawrence and Mrs Sandra Lambert
Details of requirements of the Wellbeing Award for Schools
Promoting positive well-being and mental health for the whole school community
At Leys Primary School, we are excited to be working towards the Wellbeing Award for Schools, administered by Award Place, in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau.
We have signed up to this award to further develop our work to promote positive wellbeing and mental health for the whole school community and gain accreditation for the work we have already done. It also ties in with our school motto of Resilience to Achieve – Aspiration to Succeed, as we firmly believe that both a healthy mind and body are prerequisite to achieving the best versions of ourselves.
About the award
There are eight objectives to achieve within the Wellbeing Award Framework, containing several Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) set out within each. The award focuses on ensuring effective practice and provision is in place that promotes the emotional wellbeing and mental health of both staff and pupils. Many of these are already in place. The award will enable us to develop these practices where necessary and help us to ensure that wellbeing is rooted in the long-term culture of our school. It will help us to create an ethos where, like safeguarding, mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all.
With this award, we will demonstrate our commitment to:
- Promoting mental health as part of every day school life
- Improving the emotional wellbeing of our staff and pupils
- Ensuring mental health problems are identified early and appropriate support provided
- Offering provision and interventions that matches the needs of our pupils and staff
- Promoting the importance of mental health awareness
- Capturing the views of parents, pupils and teachers on mental health issues
There have been a number of ways in which you have contributed to helping us work towards this award:
- taking part in the well-being homework activity set over the last Christmas holiday
- by attending our popular coffee mornings
- workshops, which are sometimes run in conjunction with the Adult College.
- by participating in the parent and carer surveys - the results of which can be seen below:
Leys Primary School Emotional Health and Wellbeing Strategy Document
RESULTS: Parent Questionnaire and Parent Questionnaire Comparison Sheet
Our Links to external agencies
for further information and advice: