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Wellbeing Newsletter

Fairfield Wellbeing Newsletter

Summer 1 - May 2021

Welcome to the second Fairfield Wellbeing Newsletter!

 

Through this half-termly newsletter, we hope you will be able to find out about how we are promoting and supporting wellbeing at Fairfield and further links, tips and ideas to support the wellbeing of you and your child at home.

5 ways to Wellbeing

Evidence suggests that there are 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing.  Trying these could help you begin to feel more positive and get the most out of life.  The ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ are – Connect, Be Active, Keep Learning, Give, and Take Notice.   Following the Easter break, our focus for the half term was to explore and promote the ‘Connect’ way to wellbeing within our school community. 

How did we ‘Connect’ at Fairfield?

To launch ‘Connect’, across school, we explored ways to connect to ourselves through relaxation, breathing and mindfulness activities.  These were a great success with many enjoying the simple practice of bringing a gentle accepting attitude to the present moment. 

Children of all ages can benefit from mindfulness and breathing exercises. These can help support your child by promoting happiness and relieving stress. Below are two mindful breathing exercises that you can do with your child at home -

Fiver Finger Breathing - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSgOW879jjA

Rainbow Breathing - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O29e4rRMrV4

Connecting to Others

We then promoted ‘Connect’ by connecting to others within our classroom bubbles.  To do this we played a range of games and took part in activities to make and strengthen connections. The children enjoyed taking time to smile, laugh and have fun whilst connecting all at the same time! Below are details of a few games which you may wish to try at home!

  • Two truths and a tale – One player says three statements about themselves. Twoof these statements must be facts, or "truths," and one must be a tale. The other players then try to guess which statement is the 
  • Just Five Things – Answer questions with 5 answers eg “five things you love” or “five favourite foods.”

Captain Sir Tom Moore 100 Challenge

To build on our connections, each class planned and took part in the Captain Tom 100 Challenge. Chosen challenges included 100 penalty shoots, 100 star jumps and 100 successful throws and catches.  This allowed classes to work as a team and raise money all at the same time. All classes successfully achieved their challenges using team work, collaboration and communicative skills.  Well done to all and thank you for sponsorship donations of £57 which have been sent to the Captain Tom Foundation.

Virtual Connections

To develop connections in school, each class then had the opportunity to enjoy a virtual games session with another classroom bubble through the medium of Teams.  It was a great success with all children enjoying connecting to others virtually during a time in school when we are unable to mix as usual.  Due to how much children enjoyed the experience, the children will be pleased to know, that it is something we are looking at continuing on a more regular basis.

Ideas to Connect at Home

There is strong evidence indicating that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world.  With this in mind, try to do something different today and make a connection. There are some ideas how you can achieve this below -

  • Talk to someone instead of sending an email
  • Speak to someone new
  • Ask how someone’s weekend was and really listen when they tell you
  • Put five minutes aside to find out how someone really is

 

For more information about ‘Connect’, please follow the link below -

https://5waystowellbeing.org.au/5-ways/connect/#:~:text=Phone%20or%20email%20a%20friend,in%20a%20more%20meaningful%20way!

 

When we return to school, we look forward to focusing on the ‘Take notice’ way to wellbeing.   Taking Notice means actively bringing our minds attention and interest to the world around us and ourselves. We will be exploring this further through a range of exciting activities next half term.

For further advice, activities and support please follow the link below and visit our ‘Wellbeing’ page on our school website.

https://www.fairfieldprimarybury.org.uk/covid-19/wellbeing

 

We hope you have a safe and restful break.

 

Mrs Carlson (Wellbeing Lead) and FCP Staff

Fairfield Wellbeing Newsletter

Spring 2021

 

Welcome to the first Fairfield Wellbeing Newsletter!

 

Through this half-termly newsletter, we hope you will be able to find out about how we are promoting and supporting wellbeing at Fairfield and further links, tips and advice to support the wellbeing of you and your child at home.

 

Return to School

A whole school focus on wellbeing has been extremely valuable in helping and supporting children to settle back in to school life.  We are extremely proud of the resilience and adaptability all children have demonstrated on their return to school.

In the first week back, all children had the opportunity to reflect on different feelings and emotions.  From EYFS to Y6 all children benefitted from activities that allowed them to explore their emotions and express how they feel.

 

Why is it important to express feelings?

Talking helps children to process their feelings and make sense of them.  Expressing our different feelings helps us to recognise and manage how we feel. It helps us recognise when we might need help with our feelings. Expressing feelings can help stop strong or intense feelings from taking over our minds and bodies.

Ways for your child to express their feelings

  • Writing – diaries, poems, stories, blogs
  • Talking to others
  • Acting, dancing and singing
  • Music
  • Drawing/Painting

National Day of Reflection

On Tuesday 23rd March, we took part in the Marie Curie ‘National Day of Reflection’ to mark the anniversary of the first lockdown, which included a special assembly that we held over Microsoft Teams.  The assembly focus was ‘reflection’ and a minutes silence was observed across school. All children had the opportunity in their classrooms to reflect on the past year and share their personal thoughts, if they wished, either with an adult, as a class or with a friend.

 

Five Ways to Wellbeing

In the run up to the Easter break, our whole school focus has been on the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’.  The Five Ways to Wellbeing are – Connect, Be Active, Keep Learning, Give, and Take Notice. They help people take care of their mental health and wellbeing. Regularly practising the Five Ways is beneficial for everyone.  The children have benefitted from exploring the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ creatively across school and have learnt how we can use these in our daily lives to improve our wellbeing.

Why the Five Ways work:

  • Connect: Strengthening relationships with others and feeling close to and valued by others, including at work, is critical to boosting wellbeing.
  • Keep Learning: Being curious and seeking out new experiences at work and in life positively stimulates the brain.
  • Be Active: Being physically active improves physical health and can improve mood and wellbeing and decrease stress, depression and anxiety.
  • Give: Carrying out acts of kindness, whether small or large, can increase happiness, life satisfaction and general sense of wellbeing.
  • Take Notice: Paying more attention to the present moment, to thoughts and feelings and to the world around, boosts our wellbeing.

The Five Ways in action:

  • Connect with the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.
  • Keep Learning. Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Take on a new responsibility at work.
  • Be Active. Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Garden. Play a game.
  • Do something nice for nice for a friend/colleague. Thank someone. Volunteer your time.
  • Take Notice. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment.

 

When we return to school, we look forward to focusing on the ‘Connect’ way to wellbeing.  Connections support and enrich us every day and we will explore this further through a range of exciting activities next half term.

 

For further advice, activities and support please follow the link below and visit our ‘Wellbeing’ page on our school website.

https://www.fairfieldprimarybury.org.uk/covid-19/wellbeing

 

We hope you have a safe and restful Easter Break.

 

Mrs Carlson (Wellbeing Lead) and FCP Staff