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Fairfield Community Primary School

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Wellbeing

At Fairfield Community Primary School we aim to promote positive health and wellbeing for our whole school community (children, staff, parents and carers), and recognise how important mental health and emotional wellbeing is to our lives.

5 Ways to Wellbeing

5 ways to wellbeing

Below you will find some helpful links that focus on how we can all look after our mental health and emotional well-being during this time.

BBC Five steps to help with children’s wellbeing

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/five-ways-to-help-childrens-wellbeing/zfb2d6f//

NHS Five Steps to Wellbeing

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/improve-mental-wellbeing/

Health for Kids provides a fun and interactive way to learn about health for children with a separate adults area

https://www.healthforkids.co.uk/

Young Minds has a resource library full of useful toolkits, publications, reports and policy information about children and young people's mental health

https://youngminds.org.uk/

Change for Life provides lots of ideas which promote a healthy lifestyle

https://www.nhs.uk/change4life#MQ7y3jpc3qMmhftQ.97

Daily Mile provides lots of information about how physical activity and being outdoors can improve health and well-being

https://thedailymile.co.uk/

Bury Council health and wellbeing

https://www.bury.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=10393

Fairfield Wellbeing Newsletter
11.02.22
Welcome to the Spring 1 issue of our Fairfield Wellbeing Newsletter. We have had a wonderful half term focusing on how we can ‘Be Active’ as a way to wellbeing. We know that there is a link between staying active and positive mental health and have been exploring this in many different ways over the last few weeks. By making sure we are regularly moving our bodies, we can look after our mental and physical health at the same time.
Here are some ways to be active in everyday life:  Go for a walk during your lunch break or walk to work  Take the stairs instead of the lift!  Go for a nature walk in the local area  Try activities that bring your focus to the mind-body connection such as yoga or tai chi  Make time for joyful movement, such as dancing  Join a local sports club - is there a sport you have always wanted to try?
How have we promoted ‘Be Active’ at Fairfield during the Spring term?
To promote ‘Be Active’ across school each week, children and adults took part in different activities that promote ‘Be Active’ as a way to wellbeing. Ask your child to tell you about...

Daily Wake-Up Shake Up
Daily Mile Destination Challenge Play Leader Equipment Challenges
Sponsored event with Sean Gaffney
Joe Wicks 5 Minute Exercises

Children’s Mental Health Week
We had a fantastic final week of half term promoting Children’s Mental Health focusing on the theme ‘Growing Together’ in support of Place2Be. Across school, we promoted the 5 ways to wellbeing and encouraged children to consider how they have grown and can encourage others to grow. To round off the week, we enjoyed ‘Dress to Express’ where children and staff came to school in clothes to express themselves and how they are feeling. Thank you for all of your support and donations for the children’s mental health charity Place2Be.
Next half term we will be focusing on ‘Keep Learning’ as a way to wellbeing. You are never too old or young to try or learn something new, and learning doesn’t have to involve being in a classroom. Achieving a new skill or piece of knowledge can improve self-esteem, confidence and wellbeing.
We hope you have a safe and restful half term and we look forward to welcoming the children back on 22nd February 2022.

Mrs Carlson (Wellbeing Lead) and FCP Staff

Time to Talk Day
It was Time to Talk Day on Thursday 3 February 2022. Run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, Time to Talk Day is the nation’s biggest mental health conversation. Conversations have the power to change lives - Here are some top tips about starting conversations:
-Ask questions and listen—Asking questions can give the person space to express how they’re feeling and what they’re going through, and it will help you to understand their experience better.
-Try to ask questions that are open and not leading or judgmental, like “how does that affect you?” or “what does it feel like?”
-Think about the time and place—Sometimes it’s easier to talk side by side rather than face to face. So, if you do talk in person, you might want to chat while you are doing something else. You could start a conversation when you’re walking, cooking or stuck in traffic. However, don’t let the search for the perfect place put you off!
-Don't try and fix it—When someone has a mental health problem, they’re still the same person as they were before. When a friend or loved one opens up about mental health, they don’t want to be treated any differently. If you want to support them, keep it simple. Do the things you’d normally do.
-Be patient—No matter how hard you try, some people might not be ready to talk about what they’re going through. That’s ok – the fact that you’ve tried to talk to them about it may make it easier for them to open up another time.

16.12.21
Welcome to our second issue of the Fairfield Wellbeing Newsletter this academic year. We have had a wonderful half term focusing on how we can ‘Give’ to others as a way to Wellbeing.
How have we promoted ‘Give’ at Fairfield during the Autumn term?
To promote ‘Give’ across school each week, children and adults took part in different activities that promote Give as a way to wellbeing.  ‘Give a Compliment’ - ‘Never underestimate the power of a random compliment’. We gave compliments to each other! Not only did this make those who received compliments smile but it made those giving them feel happier too!  ‘Give Kindness’ –‘No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted’.

As Saturday 13th November was 'World Kindness Day', we focused on how we can give kindness to others to improve our wellbeing. This formed part of our daily routine at school where we promoted, encouraged and celebrated kindness in our classrooms.  ‘Give Time to Talk’ – ‘Sometimes the people who you think don’t want to talk are the ones waiting for you to talk to them’. Children were encouraged to talk to their peers through books/circle time activities and conversation starters. They gave their time as a listener and enjoyed being listened to themselves.  ‘Give a Giggle’ – ‘Life is better when you are laughing’. Through games and telling jokes, the children were encouraged to share a laugh and make each other smile!  ‘Give a Gold Star’ –‘Being told you are appreciated is one of the simplest and most uplifting things you can hear’. All children are making a gold star in the final week to give to someone else to tell them they are special.
5 Ways to Wellbeing
To continue to promote the 5 Ways to Wellbeing, a display has been put up in the school hall for all to see, continuously reinforcing ways we can improve our wellbeing.

World Kindness Day
World Kindness Day is a nationally recognised day for the celebration of kindness in society and day-to-day life. This year it took place on Sunday 13th November.
To celebrate this day in school, we encouraged and celebrated individual acts of kindness and thought about how we can be kind to others. There are a huge number of benefits to being kind so see how many ways you can find to be kind—Please see the ‘Kind Ideas for Kids’ attached to this newsletter.

Time Away From Technology
Sometimes technology and social media can be a lifeline but sometimes they can be completely overwhelming and it feels like notifications and messages are never ending. When we feel like we are constantly attached to everyone and all that is happening in the wider world it can become exhausting. That’s one of the reasons why lots of people find time away from social media a really important part of their daily self-care (even if it does feel weird at first!) There are, ironically, a range of apps which can help you manage your use of technology if you feel you spend too much time on social media. The Space App is a personalised behaviour change programme designed to help you think about how you use your phone and how it affects your life. It helps you to see the opportunities to put down your phone and to look up at the world around.
Winter Wellbeing Toolkit
This is a wonderful resource which includes a selection of practical resources to help children feel calm and confident towards the end of the Autumn Term and there are a selection of free helplines and counselling services to signpost to for support.
https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/ resources/winter-wellbeing-toolkit/

Breathe Like Santa
Breathing exercises can really help children (and adults) feel calm and happy. This breathing exercise has a fun, festive twist that you will all enjoy!
Take a deep breath in, hold it for a moment and then slowly let it out with a slow “Ho ho ho”. It may feel silly at first but it definitely helps release stress and worry at this busy time.

Next half term we will be focusing on ‘Be Active’ highlighting the importance of physical activity and how it supports good mental health.
We hope you have a safe and restful holiday and we look forward to welcoming the children back in January 2022.

Mrs Carlson (Wellbeing Lead) and FCP Staff

Places to go for Support and Advice
This website from the NHS offers expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your child’s mental health and wellbeing as well as the rest of the family.
https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
The NSPCC are offering support and advice if you feel your child is struggling with their mental health and anxiety due to the coronavirus. More information and advice can be found on their website.
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/coronavirus-advice-suppport-children-families-parents
Bury Council have a website page dedicated to Mental Health and Wellbeing in Bury and mental health support services you can access.
https://www.bury.gov.uk/mentalwellbeing

Fairfield Wellbeing Newsletter

22.10.21

Welcome to the first Wellbeing Newsletter for this academic year! We hope that you all had a lovely and relaxing summer break and that batteries are fully recharged for the year ahead. The return to school is always exciting but, understandably, comes with certain levels of anxiety. Please do talk to us about any worries or concerns that you or your child may be experiencing. We will always listen and try and help in any way we can.  Please look after yourselves and each other in the year ahead and stay kind.

How have we promoted Wellbeing at Fairfield during the Autumn term?

On Friday 8th October we celebrated #HelloYellowDay and it was a fantastic success.  We all wore yellow to highlight the importance of taking care of our mental health and wellbeing.  It was like a sea of sunshine seeing everyone at Fairfield embrace the day in their yellow clothing! The day was filled with fun activities and was used to revisit the ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’.  A fantastic £204 was raised for YoungMinds.  Thank you all for your continued support. 

 

YoungMinds A-Z Guide

Young Minds have produced an A-Z guide which gives advice on how to help your child with their feelings and behaviour, as well as mental health conditions and life events. They’ll also show you where you can get help.

https://www.youngminds.org.uk/parent/a-z-guide/

Dougie

We are now very lucky to have Dougie as a member of our Fairfield Family.  Having Dougie in school has been an uplifting experience allowing children to feel more relaxed, confident and having a positive impact on their wellbeing.

 

Wellbeing Thermometers

Each class have a ‘Feelings Thermometer’ in their classrooms encouraging children to inform us about how they are feeling as they arrive to school. This gives children the chance to express how they are feeling daily and informs the adults in their classrooms allowing us to identify if there is any further support they need. It has now become part of the daily routine in school and has been well received by the children.

 

Conversation Starters

Talking to your child about how they are feeling can be tough, especially if you know they are having a hard time.  You may not know what to say, or feel worried about how they will react.  It doesn’t matter what topic the conversation starts with – it’s about the opportunity it gives you to talk about feelings and provide comfort. Tips for talking to your child about Mental Health were included in the last newsletter.  To follow up and further support with this, below are some conversation starters which you may find useful…

Here are some things you could ask to get the conversation started…

What was the best part of your day?

What did you do today that made you proud?

How are you feeling?

What would you like to talk about?

If your child is having a hard time, you can try to find out how they would like to be supported by asking gentle questions like…

How do you want me to support you through this?

Do you want to talk about what is going on?

Is there anything you need from me? Space? Time to talk? Time to do something fun?

 

Support and Advice

For further advice, activities and support please follow the link below and visit our ‘Wellbeing’ page on our school website where you will also find our new Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy.

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

Next half term we will be focusing on ‘Give’ highlighting the benefits of giving to others and how this can improve our wellbeing.

We hope you have a safe and restful half term and we look forward to welcoming the children back in November.

Mrs Carlson (Wellbeing Lead) and FCP Staff

Places to go for Support and Advice

This website from the NHS offers expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your child’s mental health and wellbeing as well as the rest of the family.

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

The NSPCC are offering support and advice if you feel your child is struggling with their mental health and anxiety due to the coronavirus. More information and advice can be found on their website.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/coronavirus-advice-suppport-children-families-parents

Bury Council have a website page dedicated to Mental Health and Wellbeing in Bury and mental health support services you can access.

https://www.bury.gov.uk/mentalwellbeing

 

 

Look For What’s Good

Positive emotions - like joy, gratitude, contentment, inspiration, and pride - are not just great at the time. Recent research shows that regularly experiencing them creates an 'upward spiral', helping to build our resources. So, although we need to be realistic about life's ups and downs, it helps to focus on the good aspects of any situation - the glass half full rather than the glass half empty.

 

Especially when things are feeling a bit tough, it can help to set some goals. 

With still plenty of days left in the month to make a difference…..Take a look at ‘Action for happiness ‘Optimistic October’ calendar full of ideas to help you think about how you can put this into practice.

 https://www.actionforhappiness.org/optimistic-october

 

 

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Resources for Supporting Understanding and Anxiety around Coronavirus 

 

Coronavirus - A Book for Children 

https://nosycrowcoronavirus.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/Coronavirus_ABookForChildren.pdf

'Somebody I know has Coronavirus' story

https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Someone-I-know-has-coronavirus.pdf

Social Distancing Story

https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Social-contact-story.pdf

Place2Be – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing

 https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/