Mental Health & Wellbeing 2020

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Parent tips

Remember - Be kind to yourself and to others, spread only kindness

Outdoor Activities Spring has arrived!

Here are some outdoor activities that you can enjoy in your garden at home.


* Minibeast Hunt – Look under the logs and stones and see how many minibeasts you can find. Can you find out what they are and count how many you can see? Please remember to put any creatures back and to return the logs and stones. Remember these are their homes.

Ideas to take it further:

  • Look closely and sketch what you see.
  • Make a minibeast home - Minibeasts need somewhere safe to live, hibernate and lay their eggs. Find a sheltered area that won’t be disturbed by people, and get building. Piles of log are great for millipedes, woodlice, stag beetle larvae and other grubs that love munching on dead wood. Stuff dead leaves and grass into the holes between the stacked logs – they make the perfect place for minibeasts to lay their eggs.

*Make a stick trail

Lay out a trail using stick arrows. Challenge your family to follow it.

Take it further: Make it a challenge by creating your own code. Eg. two crossed sticks means don’t go this way, a stick with a stone on the left means turn left, a stick with a stone on the right means turn right. You could even hide some treasure at the end!

Celebrating Sunshine!

Celebrate Sleepy Butterflies

Mindfulness activities to try with children


  • Breathing buddies: children lay down with a soft toy resting on their tummy. Practise breathing in and out deeply from the stomach and either focus on watching the toy move up and down with each breath or close your eyes and feel the toy moving.
  • Mindful release: demonstrate tightening muscles in face, hands, arms etc then releasing and letting go. Discuss how this could be used to release feels of anger and frustration.
  • Drawing your breath:
  • Doodling and zentangles: discuss as a way of giving your mind a rest whilst you focus purely on what you choose to draw or doodle.
  • Mindfulness colouring or dot to dots. (Lots of and lots of free ones on Twinkl (link below)
  • “It’s good to talk” – discussing with family anything you are sad, angry or worried about. This could even start with a favourite teddy being the one who listens.
  • “You’ve got a friend in me” –  do something you love with your family! See how much of that joint time you can smile for!
  • A favourite: GoNoodle!! (works best in Google Chrome)

The following may also support with fun activities, physical challenges and wellbeing activities: and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS


 LCF is making available its online resources for Primary FREE for the next 3 months.

Simply use the master promo code LCF2020sch to create a single user login at Babelzone (French/Spanish) Englishzone (games/Phonics) or MathsZone for any pupil or teacher.

Links to all these sites are on our homepage

 BBC Bitesize can help.


Times Tables Rockstars:


PE & Sport

Games and physical activities, ideas and challenges that children can do safely at home to help them remain physically active whilst also having fun will be posted daily here:

Play your favourite music and make up a dance for your whole family to join in: Street Dance, Line Dancing, Country Dancing, Disco.

Home Activity Challenges


Make your own instruments and perform a concert for your family.


Display your work in your wiindow to make a gallery for others to enjoy and admire from afar.

Online Safety

To support parents and carers in keeping their children safe online while they are off school, have produced two helpsheets with advice and links to Thinkuknow resources they can use at home.

 Primary aged children:

Another useful website:


Parent Info is a collaboration between NCA-CEOP and Parent Zone.

Parent Info is a website for parents, covering all of the issues amplified by the internet. Its newsfeed function enables schools and family-focused organisations to host and share expert advice and information through their own websites.


Here is a link to RE lessons that can be done at home There are a couple of ones for KS1 and about 5 for KS2.