Today, we have celebrated ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’. As our society begins to return to normal, many children and young people are having difficulties with social and emotional areas of life.
As part of Children’s Mental Health Week, we have been doing a range of activities today to promote mental, emotional and physical health in school. This year’s mental health focus is ‘Express Yourself’. Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good. As part of our celebration, we have also invited the children to ‘Dress to Express’. Pupils wore their favourite colour/pattern/TV character, and even choose a range of colours to express how they’re feeling.
In addition, we celebrated ourselves and what makes us special and unique, through the song ‘This is Me’, from the movie The Greatest Showman. We chose this song because lots of us really enjoy the film. We talked about the meaning behind this song and then decorated the lyrics with annotations to explain what each part of the song meant. We will be taking these song lyrics home to remind us of how strong we are.
Another activity we completed was a ‘Positivity Jar’. We each decorated a jar template and chose positive statements to describe ourselves, including ‘I am a good listener’ and ‘I share with others’. After this, we took some reflective time to write positive statements about things we admire in our classmates, and gave them out. At the end of the lesson, every child had a positivity jar full of statements chosen by themselves and written by classmates and teachers.
Lastly, we took part in ‘The Superhero Project’, exploring our own strengths and positive attributes. We then designed and made superheroes who had the same qualities and were fantastic, just like us. The project offers the opportunity for children to build on their confidence, resilience and determination as we all put on their capes and face the future.