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Fairfield Community Primary School

Happiness and High Standards

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

Autumn 1 - October 2021

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/