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Wellbeing Newsletter

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