As we all adapt and adjust to our 'new normal' routines at home during these uncertain times, we may experience a wide range of emotions. At times, you and your family may feel overwhelmed about Coronavirus (COVID-19), swinging between feeling stressed, worried, out of control and even fear.
However it's important to remember these feelings are normal and you are not alone, we are all in this together and together we can get through it. As parents and carers you may wonder how you can give the best support to your children as well as looking after your own well-being and mental health.
Our pastoral team have created this web page to support you through this unprecedented period of uncertainty. Here you will find a wide range of resources, information, ideas and links that will be updated weekly, so please keep logging in.
The web page is also a great opportunity to share information that you think other families may benefit from. Please forward your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Chesswood pastoral team is still working and can be contacted during school closure with any worries or concerns you might have. Chesswood children can also contact us with any worries they may have using the Worry box.
Please take great care during these very strange days ahead, and we really look forward to seeing you back at school when this challenging time is over.
Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives
With warm wishes
The Chesswood Pastoral Team.
Mental Health Awareness Week 18th - 23rd May
This week (18th to 24th May) is Mental Health Awareness Week. The theme this year is kindness.
When we receive kindness we feel moved, protected, held, seen and loved. When we give kindness we reduce our stress levels and feel good. Despite the hardships of the current situation, we can already see kindness blooming all around us. From people helping out their vulnerable neighbours to Captain Tom Moore raising millions for the NHS.
Even a small act of kindness can make a big impact and don't forget that being kind to yourself is equally as important.
Check out these links for ideas to spread kindness
We would love to hear about and see what you do to spread kindness this week. Please email what you have been up to to Mrs Gates so she can display it in the Virtual Snowdrop room. email@example.com
Corona Virus - My Hero is You - Storybook For children
“My Hero is You” is a book written for children around the world affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “My Hero is You” should be read by a parent, caregiver or teacher alongside a child or a small group of children. It is not encouraged for children to read this book independently without the support of a parent, caregiver or teacher.
The United Nations (UN) have a humanitarian forum called the Inter-agency Standing Committee. This book has been written to support children's mental health with support from parents, caregivers, teachers and children in 104 countries. The book has been published in multiple languages - multi language versions may be found at: https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/iasc-reference-group-mental-health-and-psychosocial-support-emergency-settings/my-hero-you.
The English version has been included below, please click to read.
Please note the book indicates 1m distance repeatedly this is 2m in the UK please confirm this with your child - they might even spot the deliberate error!
Corona Virus – A book for children
Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist.
The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds:
• What is the coronavirus?
• How do you catch the coronavirus?
• What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
• Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?
• Is there a cure for the coronavirus?
• Why are some places we normally go to closed?
• What can I do to help?
• What’s going to happen next?
We want to make sure that this book is accessible to every child and family and so the book is offered totally free of charge to anyone who wants to read it. However, we have suggested, at the back of the book, that families might make a donation to help our health service if they find the book useful: https://www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk/.
The Chesswood Junior school regulation rainbow is designed to be used by adults with children. It is not recommended for children to use this resource independently. The rainbow uses colour to group thoughts, feelings and behaviours on a continuum from extremely strong positive to extremely strong negative. An understanding of this aspect is essential for children and adults in different contexts - amber thoughts, feelings or behaviours for one family may be green for another - chatting through who would put what in each colour group would be a good starting conversation. The Regulation Rainbow does focus on children taking responsibility, as best they can, and building good regulation habits. Adults should help children build on the following: Be kind to yourself and others, practice the helpful habits and remove the unhelpful habits. Helpful and unhelpful habits are detailed but they are not exhaustive.
Children through discussion at times of calm should chat through how the thoughts, feelings and behaviours may be received by a range of other people. They should become conscious of choices they make when behaving differently with different people - why has that choice been made? Could a good habit with one person be applied to another? Could a negative habit with another be improved? Through calm, reflective discussion we would expect this process will improve consciousness, understanding and support more positive choices over a period of weeks, months and years.
As part of the conscious discussion the frequency of the thoughts, feelings and behaviours (TFB's) are an important factor alongside; the drivers (the reasons a child identifies for the thoughts, feelings and behaviours); the intensity of the TFB's.
A wide range of Emojis have been gathered to help support conversations with children identify TFB's more easily - this may also be helpful to support discussion on a daily basis - How do you feel today - select an emoji? Which Zone are you in? If less than green - what can we do together to get back to green - how long do you think we could stay in the green zone? How can I help? Let rehearse the good habits we can use to stay in the Green zone.