Wellbeing

Children’s Mental Health Week – 1-7 February 2021 Mental Health Awareness Week – 10-16 May 2021

At Horsmonden Primary Academy, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.

At our school we:

  • Help children to understand their emotions and feelings better.
  • Help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries.
  • Help children socially to form and maintain friendships.
  • Promote self-esteem and ensure children know that they count.
  • Encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’.
  • Help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks.

Throughout our Wellbeing section we may refer you to external websites and links, please note that we cannot accept responsibility for the content of third-party websites. Please let us know if you experience any issues with the links provided. 

The following websites may also be helpful:

KOOTH – Parent Information Sessions 2021 CORONAVIRUS Advice for parents and carers 

Physical Health

A healthy body supports a healthy mind! Try to build physical activity into each day for you and your children. Walks and runs or YouTube fitness videos are all ways to keep active. Being active doesn’t always have to be structured, a dance in your front room to your favourite music is just as good! Guidance around supporting children and young people’s wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak. Compiled by the Kent Educational Psychology Service.

The Kent Resilience Hub is aimed at parents of children aged between 10 and 16. It has a range of helpful articles, tools and resources for parents and carers, so that you can increase understanding and find tools and approaches to help build your child’s resilience.

visit the kent resilience hub website here

Anxiety and Self-esteem

Book Recommendation: Overcoming Your Child’s Fears & Worries (A self-help guide using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques) by Cathy Creswell & Lucy Willetts

Grief and Loss

Having to be apart from loved ones when they are so seriously ill that they might die is one of the very worst aspects of the Covid-19 outbreak.The Childhood Bereavement Network’s guide has ways for children and adults to keep in touch and feel connected, even at a distance.

Keeping in touch STAYING CONNECTED WHEN SOMEONE IS SERIOUSLY ILL

Information from National bereavement charities

Child Bereavement UK have made a short film about supporting bereaved children during the outbreak.
Winston’s Wish have produced guidance on
Cruse Bereavement Care have produced some tips about talking to children among their wider resources about grief and coronavirus.
SAYING GOODBYE AND FUNERALS when social distancing means that some children will not be able to attend the funeral. The requirements around social distancing mean that some children and young people won’t be able to go to the funeral of a loved one during the outbreak. Click here for some suggestions about other ways of saying goodbye from our members at Winstons Wish.
Well Being Activities

What Skills Do You Want to Learn?

Ideas for Basic Skills & Challenges during lockdown:

  • Be able to tie your shoe laces
  • Be able to do your tie
  • Learn to ride your bike
  • Make your bed
  • Tie a knot
  • Learn left from right
  • Learn to skip
  • Say the alphabet backwards
  • Sign the alphabet
  • Say hello in 10 different languages
  • Zip up your own coat and undo
  • Lay the table for dinner
  • Learn to tell the time
  • Wash the car
  • Make a yummy sandwich
  • Make everyone in your family laugh and write down how you did it
  • Throw and catch a ball
  • Set a timer to get changed and the next day try and beat the time
  • Peel a banana or orange
  • Change your bed
  • Get dressed without help
  • Use a knife & fork – cut your own food up
  • Unload the dishwasher
  • Know and write your address
  • Cook a meal for the family
  • Bake a cake
  • Run for ten minutes without stopping (build it up)
  • Look after a part of the garden and grow flowers or vegetables (or in a pot)
Examples of non screen activities for children to do at home such as painitng, drawing and starting a diary!

14 Day Challenge

Parents and Teaching Staff

We have put together 14 days of activities for your children. Each activity is hyperlinked to a resource on the ELSA Support website. Basically this means if you click the BLUE TITLE of each activity it will take you to a page on our website. You can download and print the activity for your children.

This list of ideas has been asked for by school staff in case of self isolation due to the current virus. The activities will help your children’s wellbeing at this difficult time and hopefully help to keep them occupied in a proactive and beneficial way.

These activities could also be used during holidays.

You can do them in any order or miss days out. It doesn’t really matter. It is purely there for you to use if you need to.

School staff you may choose to print out some or all of the activities for the children to take home. You also have permission to email the pdf of this file to parents if you want to. You may also host this file on your websites.

14 Day Home Challenge

If you require an accessible version of the documents on this page, please email: accessibility@latrust.org.uk