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Going back to school can make children feel nervous, anxious and worried, especially if they have not been to school since late March. 

We know Ms Bolton, Miss Norris and the rest of the staff at Shadsworth Junior are at school to talk through worries, but helping children to prepare to go back would make a big difference. 

 

The charity Nip in the Bud has produced a short film and fact sheet to help parents and teachers deal with any potential feelings of apprehension and anxiety that children may experience on returning to school.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH IT

 

Nip in the Bud provides free resources about mental health awareness for primary school teachers and parents. Their short films and fact sheets can be accessed freely on their website. Click here to take a look. 

 

A short recap of the video:

  • Feeling anxious is okay.
  • Listen and validate feelings.
  • Limit their time listening to the news & talk through misunderstandings.
  • Limit reassurance, instead encourage reflection on the past few months.
  • Get back in contact with friends from school if possible. 
  • Develop a more suitable routine to fit the school day (bed times, meal times, etc)
  • Prepare children for changes at school (scroll down to swatch the video about what school is like now!)
  • Practice self-care and kindness.

Short Virtual Tour of School

As advertised on other areas of the website, Mrs. Hetherington and Mr. Mills have created a short virtual tour of the school showing you all the measures put in place to keep children safe. It's a good idea to watch this video together and discuss the measures put in place to help children to know what to expect and the reasons why they are there when returning to school.

Click here to watch the video.

ELSA Support June Wellbeing Calendar

Our wellbeing is very important and so we need to look after it well. As we are at home all the time now, it is hard to keep doing what we used to look after it. Try this wellbeing calendar to help you remember to do one good thing for your wellbeing each day!

Miss Norris will be giving it a go, too!

 

Download it for free here: https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wellbeing-calendar-for-june/

Don't forget to do your daily check-in!

Why not use this every morning to get your mind ready for the day? 

Sometimes we might feel like we just dont want to do anything, but to help us keep busy and motivated, try talking about these questions with an adult.

 

My goal for today:

  • what is your goal today? perhaps its to try really hard on your schoolwork, to try something new, to get creative or to get along with your siblings ALL day! Its good to set a goal so our brain knows what we need to get done today. 

 

To keep myself on task I will:

  • Try to think of something that you would like, a treat or some time to play on your games console, to play outside or try a new board game or maybe a sweet treat. Having something to look forward to after a job will keep your brain focussed on finishing your job because you know something you like will happen afterwards!

 

Is there anything you want me to know?:

  • Use this question to talk about your thoughts, perhaps you're missing your friends at school, you're excited to try a new game or maybe talk about your worries.

 

How are you feeling today?:

  • Use the emotions underneath to describe how you are feeling today. Its always good to know how you are feeling so what we can be mindful about how that might make us talk and act to others. 

 

This resource is from https://www.teachingresilience.com.au/ 

ELSA Support May Wellbeing Calendar!

 

Our wellbeing is very important and so we need to look after it well. As we are at home all the time now, it is hard to keep doing what we used to look after it. Try this wellbeing calendar to help you remember to do one good thing for your wellbeing each day!

Miss Norris will be giving it a go, too!

 

Download it for free here: https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/elsa-support-may-wellbeing-calendar/

 

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