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This week is Children's Mental Health Awareness Week.
The theme this year is 'Express yourself'. Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good.
It’s important to remember that being able to express yourself is not about being the best at something or putting on a performance for others. It is about finding a way to show who you are, and how you see the world, that can help you feel good about yourself.
For Children's Mental Health Week 2021 we will be encouraging children (and adults) to explore the different ways we can express ourselves, and the creative ways that we can share our feelings, our thoughts and our ideas.
At Woodlands Park we recognise the importance of mental health in our children and families and know that during this lockdown and throughout this pandemic, that children and adults can struggle more so than usual. We have put together an activity challenge for the children to complete to bring awareness to mental health. They should be activities you can enjoy as a family and can be completed by all ages. If you would like to record your challenges then please use the sheet provided. Both the challenges and the record sheet have been attached to this email.
Please then email your document or a photo of it to your class teacher and we will issue a certificate to all those who took part. PLEASE NOTE THESE CHALLENGES ARE FOR THE WHOLE SCHOOL... CHILDREN IN SCHOOL; AT HOME AND FOR THE STAFF.
On Friday we are asking the children to 'dress to express themselves'. Please join your class zoom (Years 1-6) wearing clothes that express your personality. If your child is at school, they may attend wearing their own clothes. The charity we are supporting is called Place2Be and we have set up an offer on Squid if you would like to make a donation. Anything you can donate will be greatly appreciated.
Below are a series of links for parents/carers which will support you in celebrating this fantastic cause.
Here is a message from The Duchess of Cambridge highlighting the crucial need for parents and carers to look after their own mental wellbeing, and the impact this has on the children in their care.
Watch our Children’s Mental Health Week assembly with BAFTA Kids and Oak National Academy. We’ve teamed up with BAFTA Kids and Oak National Academy to create a free assembly featuring pupils and well known-faces discussing the theme of ‘Express Yourself’.
Draw your feelings activity video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STdJ__8ORyE&feature=youtu.be
The Squiggle game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozKW1M97JXE&feature=youtu.be
Coronavirus: wellbeing activity ideas for families: https://www.place2be.org.uk/our-services/parents-and-carers/coronavirus-wellbeing-activity-ideas-for-families/
We hope you find the activity challenge enjoyable and these links and attachments a support to you as a family.