Welcome to our Wellbeing page!
At St Ignatius our vision is to develop a school community where children can enjoy a welcoming, secure, happy and healthy environment, where everyone can develop self-confidence, self-esteem, self motivation, independence, compassion, tolerance and understanding of others.
At St Ignatius Catholic Primary School we support the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils.
At our school we know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
We promote a mentally healthy environment through:-
- Promoting our school values and sharing the catholic ethos
- Promoting pupil voice and opportunities to participate in decision-making
- Celebrating achievements
- Providing opportunities to develop a sense of worth through taking responsibility for themselves and others
- Providing opportunities to reflect
- Access to appropriate support that meets their needs.
Here you will find lots of support to help support children with their emotional and mental wellbeing
Remember that these three things will help with mental wellbeing!
Support for Parents- School Closure and Coronavirus:
Guidance for parents- NSPCC: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/coronavirus-advice-suppport-children-families-parents/
A national helpline has been set up for parents and carers struggling with home-schooling and managing child behaviour during the Covid-19 crisis.
Free, confidential advice is available six days a week by phoning the StarLine team
on 0330 313 9162. Starline will also be broadcasting a weekly programme on YouTube, sharing practical ideas for home learning.
Every Wednesday we will be having a special focus on Wellbeing and we will be posting some links on this page and also on 'Class Dojo'.
Wellbeing Newsletters- Spring 2021
Have a look at these activities:
Wellbeing Wednesday Activities
Visit this website for some great ideas for keeping calm!
If your child has been worried about what is happening in the news, please see these further links below which will guide you through how to have those conversations with your child, so that you can answer their questions.
- https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/ (Spanish translation available!)
- https://www.mindheart.co/descargables ( Translations available!- A story to explain about the Coronavirus for children under 7)
- https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51896156- Watch Newsround for tips if you are worried about the Coronavirus.
- https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/coronavirus-story-for-children/ - This is a link to a website with a social story about the Coronavirus to help explain about isolation.
- If you need support:
Reading resources for children:
This is a lovely poem for little ones to help them to understand the changes they are going through currently- please click on the document and share with your children.
The Time We Spring Cleaned the World
Read the book online here:
Mindfulness Journal for Children:
Children are understandably worried and anxious in this time of uncertainty; with disruptions to their routines and socialising, so Young Writers have created a mindfulness journal for children.
The journal allows children to check in with their emotions daily, practice mindfulness techniques, including body scanning and breathing activities, which will help them stay positive and reduce anxiety.
Further Mental Health Support:
Staying Healthy at Home
Covid -19 Wellbeing Pack by Haringey IAPT - aimed at 16 +
Covid-19 Well being pack
Young Minds: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/ Aimed at young people.
https://youngminds.org.uk/contact-us/ Aimed at young people and parents. Parent helpline.
Familylives: https://www.familylives.org.uk/ Aimed at parents. Helpline, forums and a parent channel.tv videos and online courses.
BPS guidance talking about COVID-19
Anna Freud links - Supporting schools & colleges: A guide to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and students during periods of disruption There are also three videos, one for school staff, one for parents and one for children and young people which may be useful.
https://www.autistica.org.uk/what-is-autism/coping-with-uncertainty?dm_i=4U0R,BB4Y,31N5YJ,18O1Z,1 and the attached Covid 19 Advice - Aimed at young people/young adults.
https://mylife.enfield.gov.uk/enfield-home-page/content/learning-disabilities/covid-19/ Easy read materials aimed at young people/young adults with learning disabilities.
Websites to support fitness and PE at home:
The Calm Zone....
Websites to support mindfulness:
https://annakaharris.com/mindfulness-for-children/ -This website offers guided meditation through the form of audio clips.
Struggling to get the kids to sleep? Allow these relaxing Sleep Stories, Guided Meditations and purposely-designed Sleep Meditations to get your little ones off to a perfect nights rest (also a free app that can be downloaded): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWOHcGF1Tmc
Mindfulness colouring In:
Websites to support mindfulness with movement:
Best Apps to help with wellbeing for children:
Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame- free with apple
Three Good Things- free with apple (Good for positive thinking)
Power me- free with apple and android (Good for teaching coping mechanisms)
Headspace- - there is a cost to this app (Good for mindfulness)
Mindful Powers- there is a cost to this app (Best for KS2)
Bereavement is hard to go through at any time and is always difficult to explain to children. Here are some useful links that might just help you to cope with bereavements and support your children through also.
Interventions to support mental Wellbeing at St Ignatius
We provide appropriate interventions for pupils mental health and wellbeing such as:
- 1:1 Counselling
- Support from Trailblazers
- Family Support
- Circle Time
- Mental Health Week
Transition to secondary school programme
Useful Helplines for children:
Childline- 0800 1111