Today we will focus on the positives that lockdown has bought. We appreciate that this might be hard for some of the children but it will support their wellbeing. We have included a powerpoint on 'Thinking positive' and other activities that will support the development of positive thinking.
At school we will get the children to either draw themselves in lockdown with all the positives around them (Look on the Bright Side activity) or complete the bubbles of gratitude - writing a different positive in each bubble.
We also think the children are all heroes themselves - staying at home in lockdown is no doubt a challenge! They might want to complete the 'Superme!' activity.
Acknowledging thinks you are grateful for daily is also one of the techniques that has been shown to support wellbeing - something for you to do at the beginning of the end of the day with your families perhaps.
Some of the staff positives:
- I have done a lot of reading, which has given me great pleasure; I have cooked new recipes including a bread and butter pudding; I have finally organised my paperwork; I have noticed how blue the sky is; - Mrs Bailey;
- finding out about lots of new music; reading more; my garden is finally under control; - Mr Wilding
- being able to do lots of cooking with my children (after getting tips from Mrs Hunt); Spending time bonding with our new kittens; being able to have LOTS of light sabre battles with my children - I always LOSE! - Mr Wade;
- spending less money and making sure you relax in some shape or form; - Mrs Hull
- I have had time to read lots of books and watch all the Disney films I haven't seen; I am exercising more and haven't been able to eat McDonalds - this is a good thing! - Mrs Hall
- decorating my house; reading more; appreciating my job, friends and family so much more; having a clean house; being on top of the washing; slowing life down and taking pleasure out of the small things; Miss Spooner
We will also collect objects together to create a time capsule - this could be buried or just put away for a long time. In essence, it is a memory box!
Things you might think about inclulding:
- a local paper with Covid19 headlines
- a 2020 dated coin
- a national newspaper
- memorabilia from a day in the garden or nature (a feather, some leaves, flowers)
- a note from each family member with memorable events from recent times
- photos of today
- a letter to themselves (autobiography from Monday, letter from Friday, all other writing/art from the week)
- a 2020 postage stamp
- a painted pebble with the date on
- an email, letter, card from a grandparent or other family member
- children's handprints to see how much they have grown
- some toilet paper - with a note about the 'crisis' - what a laugh you will have when you reopen it
- a copy of the Government letter
- photos of family doing crazy things, family online etc.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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