Nursery children learned about the importance of being outside, and how time spent in nature is good for our mental health.
We go to camp every Monday and Friday, and play outside every day.
We also tried some yoga! And shared a book about feelings. We talked about sharing our worries, and how to cope with big feelings through exercise and breathing techniques.
In Reception, we have been talking about what positive mental health looks like and we have been learning about our different feelings. We talked about how everyone experiences the feeling of anger, sadness, stress and worry. It’s normal and it’s ok! - but having good mental health is being able to bounce back from these setbacks or feelings and finding ways to feel calm, content and happy.We have been finding ways that we can independently help ourselves to find a resolution and remain calm and ready to move forward with our day. Here are some of the ways we can regain a sense of calm and clarity:-
We read the story "A Huge Bag of Worries" by Virginia Ironside and thought about what to do if we are feeling worried. We talked about how sharing our worries are key to letting them go, otherwise we carry them around with us. We also talked about who we would share them with.
The children then wrote down and shared their top worries with their friends.
We thought about the people and groups around us who we connected with. Some of our ideas included family, friends, clubs, school and pets. We drew pictures of them on strips of paper and made them into connection chains.
We used chalk to celebrate ourselves. Our self portraits look amazing outside our classroom!
In year 5 we talked about mental health and why it is important to talk about it. We looked at different techniques that we can use to improve our mental health when we are feeling sad or angry. We practised mindfulness and breathing techniques such as square breathing.
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