Happy Friday everyone and well done for all you have done to support us over the last four weeks of lockdown. Remote learning is going well with high rates of engagement and some fantastic work being completed at home, it has been nice to speak with some children regarding their learning at home and to praise their successes this week.
Next week we are supporting mental health awareness week with a focus on wellbeing and uniqueness. Staff have adapted elements of their curriculum to accommodate this and so the provision may look slightly different than what is usually planned.
As a school we champion the Five Ways to Wellbeing approach all year round. During this period of lockdown, anything which improves wellbeing and helps to maintain positivity, is critically important. The Five ways are:
Connect - Why don’t you see how many ways you can connect with your community whilst remaining self-isolated? Can you put handmade signs in your window? Video call an old friend or write and send a postcard to someone as a surprise?
Be active - Whatever the weather, time outside being active is very important, why don’t you do a different activity every day next week as a family utilizing a different outdoor space in the area?
Take notice - A good way to take notice is to focus on the senses, take a sensory walk every day and focus on what you can hear and smell, why don’t you try a new recipe and describe the texture and taste of this new food? You could make a feely bag and guess objects inside or find a magnifying glass and explore mini worlds even within your own home?
Keep learning - As parents, you are your child’s first teacher and you have much to offer. You could try a new skill with your child or take up a new pastime together- what about origami? Have you tried learning to count in a different language or even to learn how to Scottish dance? The time spent together will be priceless and you will also have a new skill to impress others with.
Give - The chance to give to others is essential in making people feel they are part of something and are significant. Everyone wants to be important and valued. By giving we can see that we have made a different to the lives of others around us. Why not see if your child can find a way to give? a picture, a homemade cake or a poem can all bring a smile to another person, the gift doesn’t have to be big or expensive, often it is the time and the motivation which is the most important thing.
I hope you have a wonderful wellbeing weekend,