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01/02/2021 – Letter to Children

Top Tips for Home Schooling

Adult Wellbeing Resource

https://www.annafreud.org/

Helping Your Child With Anxiety

Levels of Anxiety

AFC Shout Primary

Selfcare Summer Primary Pack

We are getting involved in Children’s Mental Health week during WB 1.2.21. This year the focus is Express Yourself.

Please use the link below which will take you to the Children’s Mental Health week website for more information.

https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/

As a school we will be planning exciting activities for the children to take part in whether they are in school or learning via Showbie. We would really like to see what everyone does in response to their activities.

We appreciate everyone is trying to manage in very difficult and different circumstances. We are always here to help if you need advice or support. Here are some useful links that you may wish to explore.

http://sunderlandcommunitycamhs.nhs.uk

http://www.washingtonmind.org.uk/

http://wellbeinginfo.org/

http://youngminds.org.uk/

Stay safe and keep well

From all the staff at Farringdon Academy

Mental Health and Emotional Well-being

Here at Farringdon Academy we believe that the mental health and the emotional well-being of the children, parents and staff are extremely important.

Within school we continue to focus upon well-being, especially in the current climate.

Every Governing Body meeting, staff meeting and ‘team’ meeting has ‘Emotional Well-being’ as a standard item so that it continues to be a focus for all.

As a school, we will continue to work hard after successfully gaining our Bronze Award for Children’s Mental Health on 1st April 2019 and look towards achieving our Silver award with many exciting things to come.

Mental Health Team:

Farringdon Academy’s Mental Health Champion is: Lauren Clarke

Farringdon Academy’s Well-being Team includes: Mrs K Shovlin, Mrs L Cooper, Mrs V Keogh and Ms C Liddle

Farringdon Academy’s Mental Health Link Governor is: Joanne Hall

Within school we run a number of programmes to support our children with their emotional wellbeing.

In school we have established Relax Kids sessions to help our children

  • develop their self-confidence
  • manage their moods or emotions
  • manage stress and anxiety
  • increase their brain power
  • relax and improve their sleep

Open the links below to find out more. If your child’s whole class bubble is isolating they will still access these sessions via Zoom links sent to their Showbie app.

Information Sheet

Benefits of Relax Kids

Benefits of Relax Kids for School Age Children

Fun Friends Programme was designed to support children between the ages of 4 and 7 with their emotional and social development.
Fun Friends is ran as an intervention for small groups within school to support children who may need additional support emotionally/socially. The sessions are full of fun play-based activities that equip children with resilience skills to help them in everyday life.
FRIENDS for Life is a social skills and resilience building program that has been recognised by the World Health Organisation as an effective means to prevent anxiety for children aged 8-11. It is proven to reduce anxiety and provide participants with the tools to rise to life’s challenges, and make the most of setbacks and adversity. FRIENDS for Life also improves participants’ social and emotional skills, ability to focus, confidence, and the capacity to relax and regulate emotions.
Kidsafe is another intervention programme ran throughout school.
Children always say that they love the Kidsafe programmes, especially helping KS, our puppet, decide what to do in certain situations. Through helping KS with strategies to keep him safe, children are learning and reinforcing vital skills to help keep themselves safe from all forms of abuse
Mrs Brown runs our Triple P program within school. This currently runs on a Wednesday morning 9-10am. This is for parents who may be struggling with behaviour/routines within the home. This is to give parents a place to pick up new behaviour/time management strategies to try within the home. If you would like to attend the Triple P program, please see your class teacher.

Fun Outdoor Activities to Relieve the Symptoms of Nature-Deficit Disorder

With the proliferation of smartphones and tablets, families just aren’t getting outside as much as they used to. And now there’s increasing evidence that a lack of outdoor time (known as nature-deficit disorder) can cause obesity, depression, and sensory decline in our children. So how can we get our children out of the house and enjoying nature? Here are some resources with ideas that can help, brought to you by Farringdon Academy.

Why Kids Need to Spend Time in Nature

It’s no surprise that kids should spend more time in nature. But did you know what children who spend more time indoors can develop nature-deficit disorder? Below are some resources that explain why kids should put down the devices and head outdoors.

What Is Nature-Deficit Disorder?

Six Ways Nature Helps Children Learn

Too Much Screen Time Linked to Anxiety & Depression in Young Children and Teens

Spend Time Outside to Improve ADHD Symptoms

Exploring the Natural World in Your Backyard 

You don’t need to head to the nearest park or lake to enjoy the outdoors — you can enjoy everything the natural world has to offer by taking a trip around your backyard! Below are some resources to help you maximize your enjoyment.

How to Identify British-Native Trees

Bug Hunting to Teach Kids About Nature

Make Your Own Birdbath

How to Spot Storms with Your Kids

Butterfly Gardening for Kids

Hitting the Trails

Of course, there are adventures to be had beyond the backyard. Taking a hike through nature is both educational, exciting, and relaxing — but it’s important to be prepared! The following resources can help you make the most of your stroll down the local trails.

The Best Trail Finder Apps and Websites for Discovering Local Hikes

Safe Hiking Tips for the Whole Family

The 9 Best Binoculars for Bird Watching

Fun in the Water

Swimming is an excellent way to spend time outdoors. But if you’re not into swimming, there are other activities that can keep everyone engaged.

9 Proven Ways How Swimming Remarkably Benefits Kids

Teach Your Kids to Fish in 10 Easy Steps

What You Need To Know When Kayaking With Kids

Now that spring has arrived, it’s the right time to get your kids connected to the natural world. Not only will they be healthier mentally and physically, but you can also make lasting memories with the whole family. 

Useful websites

Within school we actively promote the ‘Winning Ways to Well-being’ throughout the school from Reception to Year 6.