Five ways to wellbeinG
The Five Ways to Wellbeing is a set of evidence-based public mental health messages aimed at improving the mental health and wellbeing of the whole population. They were developed by NEF (the new economics foundation) as the result of a commission by Foresight, the UK governmentâ€Ÿs futures think-tank, as part of the Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing.
Wellbeing is all about how you’re feeling and how well you are able to deal with day to day challenges that we all face.
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Making time for family and friends.
Being active makes you feel good.
Take time for yourself, notice and enjoy the moment.
Acts of kindness and helping others make you feel good.
Learning something new is fun, makes you feel good and gives you confidence.
|Write a letter/postcard to someone.||Try an online exercise video||Take each day as it comes. Try not to think about what might happen, just focus on today||Do something for a friend or relative, as well as making them feel good, it can make you feel good too!||Set a goal to learn something new. Try something fun & achieve a goal|
|Look through old photos of family/friends together.||Play balloon volleyball. Or balloon balance – lie down, can you keep the balloon on your feet?||Tidy and sort your bedroom. A clear and tidy space can make us feel good.||Say thank you to someone who has helped you. Send a text, draw them a picture or write a letter to show how much it meant to you. It will make you and them feel good.||Research something you’ve always wondered about.|
|Make rainbow gloop||Set up a maze. Turn the hall into a ‘laser maze’ with wool/string. Zig zag the wool/string from varying heights and challenge yourself to get across without touching the laser!||- Listen to some of your favourite music. Try using headphones so you can lose yourself in your favourite tunes or even have a ‘silent disco’! Try taking deep breaths when listening…||Smile at others, they spread!||Learn a new dance routine or the words to a song.|
|Make treasure playdough||Play Wii fit||Read a book to yourself and enjoy the peacefulness.||Volunteer your time – offer to do something helpful for someone else.||Do you know your family history? Learn about it.|
|Do a sensory activity.||Make activity stations. Make a sign for each indoor activity area, such as jumping jacks, crawling through tape/rope, planking, sit ups etc. Set a timer and then rotate through stations. Can you beat your time?||Enjoy the warm water in your bath or shower. Let the water wash the day away, relax and feel as good as new!||- Be a good role model to others – we learn form each other.||Use a dictionary for words you don’t know.|
|Bake together||Sticky spider web.
Use tape to make a web-like design on a doorway opening. Scrunch up some
newspaper or lightweight objects like balloons, to scrunch up and throw at the web. Count how many objects stick compared to how many don’t!
|Enjoy your bed and your sleep. This is the time to let your mind and body to really relax. Focus on your breathing until you drift off…||Sort through your clothes and toys and give your unwanted things to charity.|
|Reading: take turns, use funny voices, draw a picture to go with what you have read, choose a word and every time you hear it, do an action or make a noise!||Sticky note wall bob. Attach 26 sticky notes to the back of a door and writie a different letter on each one. Stand at a ‘start line’ and throw a soft ball/bean bag/stuffed toy/pair of rolled up socks and try to hit the random letter that is called out. Can you hit all of the letters in a particular word, and in the right order?||Talk to your relatives while you are at home. Enjoy your conversations with them. Is there anything that you might be able to teach them? Maybe read together, kick a ball with them, play a board game or even create your own to play!||Help an older neighbour by going shopping or baking for them. Maybe draw them a picture to make them smile||Learn some new art skills|
|Play the pom-pom game.||Ping pong ball catch. Use cups and ping pong balls (or any small object that will fit in a cup) to toss your ball to a partner and they have to try and catch it in their cup and then back to you. Start close together and then take a step back each time to increase the challenge!||Enjoy extra cuddle time with someone you love!||- Offer to help your parents or people you live with around the house.||litfilmfest - Free Key Stage 1 & 2 book review writing project created with Michael Rosen and other famous authors.|
|Make a cardboard airport||
Lego colour hunt.
Choose 4 pieces of coloured paper and then hide 10 pieces of Lego (or 10 other items) that match each colour, around your home. Time each other to see how long it takes to find them and then put them on the right coloured piece of paper!
|Send your teacher a message – they always love to hear from you!||Give yourself some time to relax.||Twinkl Ultimate resources, to help keep children learning at home. Use code PARENTSTWINKLHELPS|
|Make a sock puppet.||ABC hunt. Go around the house, finding and collecting objects that start with each letter of the alphabet, marking them on a checklist as you go. Is it possible||Get creative and take some photos of the world around you, either inside or outside (if possible). Focus on capturing what’s in front of you.||Carry out a random act of kindness every week. It’s best when people least expect it!||Scholastic Resource Bank have put together a range of free home learning packs for Early Years, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 to help parents for all eventualities.|
|Bowling. Set up a bowling lane using tape and use plastic bottles or cups for pins. Use any type of ball to bowl, attempting to knock down as many balls as possible. Keep track of the score, or simply aim to knock them all down in one go.||Take care of the seeds that you brought home from school. Notice any tiny changes that happen every day.||Watch live, interactive lessons featuring some of the BBC’s biggest brands and presenters.|
On a piece of paper, write down 6 physical activities, giving each one a number. Roll a dice and carry out the activity – the sillier the better! For example, fly and squawk like a bird to the bathroom and back and army crawl for 20 seconds!
|Choose a favourite food. Look at it carefully, without touching it. What do you notice about it? Pick it up and smell it. What does it smell like? Try closing your eyes and eating it very slowly, focussing on the taste and what it is about it that makes you love it so much! What did you notice? Then try doing this with a new food.||TTS - Learning packs to support children at home.|
|Try out the funetics series created by Athletics England, look out for two boys from our school who feature in the videos "Roll a goal", "line bouncing" and "feeding the animals".||Now that there is less of a daily rush for you, take time to look at something very closely, like you have never looked at it before. Do you notice anything new? Maybe draw your chosen object, making sure you look at every little detail.|
|Before you get into bed each night, try and think of 3 things that you are grateful for and you appreciate in your life – they can be as big or as small as you like.|
|Watch animals and birds outside. Maybe keep a log – do you spot the same ones regularly?|
We the rainbow children
Click here to watch the latest advice from the NHS on how cope as an adult during the current situation.
Children's book explaining Coronavirus illustrated by Axel Scheffler
This 15 page pdf book has been written to explain exactly what Coronavirus is for children. We also have a laminated version available in school if you are a keyworker who would like your child to take one home.
We recognise that as the novelty starts to wear off attending home-school, children are likely to be displaying more challenging behaviours at home. Family lives is a national charity formerly known as Parentline which aims to support families in many different ways. They run telephone support lines, online forums and have a huge bank of online resources to support families. Please visit https://www.familylives.org.uk/ for more information.
Bristol City Council have created a bulletin explaining all the services which are on offer to families during this time to support them in different ways. Whether that may be tensions in home, behaviour of the children money worries, access to online training and courses, there is a wealth of information here. Do have a good read of everything which is on offer or if you would like a hard copy, call the school office and we can arrange to print one for you.