Alresford Primary School

Headteacher: Sarah Dukelow

Ford Lane, Colchester, Essex CO7 8AU

01206 822731

office@alresford.essex.sch.uk

Children's Mental Health Week  1st-7th February

Every day, children across the UK struggle with their mental health.  With the current lockdown and the continued COVID-19 pandemic understanding and supporting children's mental health is vital.  With most children learning from home it is important parents and carers are able to find resources to support their children.

 

At Alresford Primary School we will be sharing a well-being day to mark children's mental health week.  

Well-being Wednesday will take place on Wednesday 3rd February. 

This will be a screen-free day and ideas and activities will be given to children via Google Classroom before Wednesday.  There are also some ideas below.

 

See below some useful links and activities of ways to support children with their mental health.

Children's Mental Health Week 2021: Express Yourself - YouTube

Coronavirus: wellbeing activity ideas for families (place2be.org.uk)

Bringing the sunshine inside / RHS Campaign for School Gardening

Have some fun | BookTrust

The Art Room at Home - Place2Be

Every Mind Matters | One You (www.nhs.uk)

The Daily Mile at Home | The Daily Mile UK

Five ways to support children’s mental health - BBC Bitesize 

How to stay motivated - BBC Bitesize

Alresford Primary is proud to be a Healthy School.

A healthy school is one that promotes physical, social, emotional and mental health and helps equip pupils, staff and families with the skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their health. 

We recognise that the health and well-being of children is not only vital to their growth and development but contributes to their long term success and achievements. Our school recognises that it has a significant role to play in ensuring that our pupils get the best life chances. 

We use a whole school approach to promote the overall health and wellbeing of our pupils, families and staff, and these healthy principles are interwoven throughout our curriculum.  Our aim is to improve children's health, wellbeing and happiness, helping them to get the most out of life.

The healthy Schools program focuses on four main themes:

  • Personal, Social and Health Education
  • Healthy Eating
  • Physical Activity
  • Emotional Health and Wellbeing

The whole school approach involves working with children, parents, school staff and the whole school community to provide a solid foundation from which developments and improvements are embedded in a systematic way.
We will keep you posted on forthcoming events and information.
For further information please access the Healthy Schools Website:


https://www.healthyschools.org.uk/ 

Healthy Minds Day- Monday 7th December

When it comes to our mental health and wellbeing, families can have a huge role to play. They’re often the first to notice a change, and the ones to help each other through any issues.  You don’t have to wait until there’s a problem – there’s lots of things you can do together every day to look after your family’s wellbeing. Look below at the 'five ways to better wellbeing' for practical ideas for families.

Alresford Primary is proud to be a Healthy School.

A healthy school is one that promotes physical, social, emotional and mental health and helps equip pupils, staff and families with the skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their health.

The whole school approach involves working with children, parents, school staff and the whole school community.  Our aim is to improve children's health, wellbeing and happiness, helping them to get the most out of life.

Healthy schools runs alongside our PSHE curriculum and includes-

  • Behaviour
  • Safety
  • Emotional health and well-being
  • Physical activity
  • Food and nutrition
  • Giving children a voice

For further information, please see our Healthy Schools section on our curriculum part of the website. 

Our theme for this term will be:

Healthy Minds

During the Covid-19 pandemic, we're all feeling less secure and missing our usual routines but just as doing exercise improves physical health, we can do activities to boost our mental health. 

To encourage this in our children we will be holding a

Healthy Minds Day on

Monday 7th December.

Your child will be involved in activities promoting healthy ways to deal with their feelings linked to the current situation.

We would like children to come to school in clothes they feel most comfortable in.

There will also be activities shared that you can try at home with the whole family.

 

 

Useful Healthy Minds Websites:

https://youngminds.org.uk/ 

https://www.themix.org.uk/

https://www.place2be.org.uk/

https://www.annafreud.org/

Below is a link to a new Government website Every Mind Matters.  There are resources and advice for parents and carers in relation to children mental health needs and support.

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matter