Today we are going to create a 'things to look forward to jar'. We will decorate a jar or container of some sort (recycling containers from home) and then write down the things that we are looking forward to and put them in the jar.
This will allow the children to acknowledge what they are missing but reframe it with a positive mindset into positives that they are looking forward to. Having something to look forward to can make you feel happier and improve wellbeing.
It will not surprise you that high on the teachers list of 'things they are looking forward to' is seeing all the children again, back in school and ready to learn! They had a few other things too...
- wearing socks again - Mr Wilding
- being able to sell our house so we can move to a new home - Mrs Hall
- being able to celebrate my daughter's 21st birthday with the whole family - Mrs Hull
- going to the Olympic stadium to watch West Ham play - even tho they will probably lose - Mr Wade
- being able to go out without having to question whether it is essential, being able to see my friends' children again and not just talk to a few through the window - Miss Spooner
- having a haircut, seeing my son and giving him a great big hug, being in the company of my family and going on our days out in London doing fun things, seeing my friends in person, popping to the shops when I want, going to a restaurant for a meal with friends and family, vising some of my favourite places - art galleries, theatre, London - Mrs Bailey
- being able to see family and friends and being able to visit places for the day - Miss Connell
- going to a pub and hugging my nearest - Miss Eve
- seeing my Mum, I have missed seeing her everyday and having a cup of tea and catch up with her - Mrs Chard
- going outside my house for a walk, face to face conversations with a friend rather than through a screen, routine and some normality, days out/theatre trips with friends and family - Miss Carter
- going to the gym - Mr Seaman
- spending less time in a queue! And obviously seeing family and friends...oh and may be live music and dancing! - Miss Georgson
- seeing my friends and family; going somewhere that isn't in walking distance from my house - Mrs Traveller
- being able to give someone a hug - Miss Doolan
- Hugging people again....especially my family and close friends, visiting people, sitting in a park - seeing children playing, hearing people laughing and chatting again, being able to comfort somebody when they are feeling sad but most of all...seeing the world be FREE of this deadly virus. - Mrs Wray
We are asking participants to create a pictures of what they are dreaming about seeing/doing when lockdown is over. We will be using the entries to create a special museum display once we re-open and winners will also receive Amazon vouchers. The deadline for this competition is this Friday 15th May and the full details can be found on our website: http://valencehousecollections.co.uk/competition-corner/community-competition-our-picture-dreams/
Today we will focus on school being closed and what it means. We will focus on the 5W's - who, where, when, why and what.
What has happened?
Who was involved?
When did it happen?
Where did it happen?
Why did it happen?
How did it happen?
We will then think about how it made us feel? How did it make us feel at the start of the schools being closed? How do we feel now?
What have we been doing instead of school?
We will talk to different people about it - parents, school staff, siblings - and get their opinion.
What do we think will happen in the future?
The children could write newspaper articles, do interviews with siblings or film news reports for radio or TV.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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