At school we worry about our children’s mental health every week. However, with the ongoing pandemic this year Children’s Mental Health Week would appear to be even more significant than usual.

Last week chatting to the Year 6 home group we discussed ways of dealing with anxiety and between them they use methods of breathing, exercise, food, mindfulness and nature to help keep mentally healthy.

Place2Be is a national charity that provides mental health help support for schools and families and have provided a number of free resources on their excellent website to use at home. They are easy to find if you search ‘children’s mental health week’ or follow this link. We will also be talking about this at school and doing some activities too.

This year the theme is ‘Express yourself’. The first homeschooler to email me with the song and group that immediately sprang to mind for me gets a prize in the post!

Expressing yourself is all about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts and ideas through creativity, such as music, painting or dance. This Friday we would like all the children to express themselves, whether at home or school through dressing up. Please send a photo in with the resulting fashion creations.

As always, if you feel you need help please do not hesitate to contact us at school and we will endeavour to support you as best as we can.

We also celebrated a special birthday in school today. Mrs Beasley was 21 again! Difficult to celebrate your birthday during lockdown but a take away curry might hit the spot. It’s a double up day as we had katsu curry for lunch. I ate rather too much and wasn’t feline too good in the afternoon.

John Thorpe

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