A high priority for the trust is currently the mental health and well-being of pupils during the difficult time that we face. Staff have worked with Teresa Cavallo (Head of Children’s Services) and Tracey Wills (Trust School Nurse) to focus the curriculum on how children can manage their emotions and cope with turbulent times resiliently.

Activities varied from learning to use craft activities such as origami to take time to focus on something relaxing, to giving advice to a sleep-deprived platypus in Reception! Some classes explored how music can help us to relax and take time to re-focus.

During Mental Health Week, classes across the trust had a special visitor. As part of a virtual performance by local company, Theatre Alibi, Janet the Astronaut made a visit to each class. The performance, titled ‘Down to Earth’ told the story of Janet, an astronaut who has had enough of being in space. The children loved engaging with this and learned some valuable lessons about living with the current restrictions of Covid-19.

We would also suggest that pupils continue to focus on the ’10-a-day’ programme, which Tracey has introduced. Children are encouraged to stay active, take a break, care for others and ensure that they don’t bottle up their feelings.

Although restrictions are gradually lifting, it is our hope that pupils will take the skills that they have learned in the past few weeks into the rest of their lives.

Layla - "I enjoyed making the origami dog. When I am sad, I might make it again because it is cute and makes me feel happy."

Riley - "I liked making the origami dog because it showed me how other dogs looked"

Christopher - "This is Flippy, it made me feel excited when I was drawing it".

Emily - "These are two mountains. It made me feel relaxed when I was drawing it".

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