For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Mrs Hurren and I teach PSHE across the whole of key stage one and two. PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) education is a school curriculum subject through which children acquire knowledge and skills to stay safe, be healthy (physical and mentally) and prepared for life, and work.We are all having to get used to a new way of life at the moment and it is especially important that we look after our mental and physical health in these uncertain times. Over the next few weeks I will be uploading PSHE lessons on to google classrooms to address matters such as:
In school we follow the Jigsaw PSHE programme and they have put free resources on their website for parents to access. As part of the Jigsaw lesson we do a 5 minute meditation/mindfulness session. called, “calm me.”
Mindfulness can help them to find a safe, calm space within themselves, and when practised regularly has many benefits. Mindfulness means paying full attention to something. It means slowing down to really notice what you're doing.
The children respond very well to this and have become very good at it.The link has a guided, “calm me,” activity that you can try at home.
There are also several websites, videos or apps on line that you may find useful if you are considering using Mindfulness, such as:
Below are some useful links for helping children to cope with mental health matters whilst they are at home.
This save the children link has some fantastic drama-based relaxation exercises that you can try together.
This link by the scouts has some inspired indoor activity ideas to keep kids entertained while schools are closed due to the pandemic. Keep your children learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds).
Hopefully you find these resources useful
Mrs Hurren x