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ELSA and Well Being


The 6th to 10th February 2023 is children's mental health week. As part of this week we are engaging with the #We Can Week-

Mindful Monday-Time to reflect

Tasty Tuesday-Healthy body healthy mind

Wellbeing Wednesday- Doing somethings that you enjoy and makes you smile.

Together Tuesday- Doing something with a friend, group, class, community.

Physical Activity Friday- Get up and go! Skipping, running, jumping.

Zones of Regulation

How can we identify how we are feeling?

What do we do if we are in a particular colour zone to regulate our behaviour and make us feel better?




National Mental Health Day 10th October 2022- Take ten at 10

Some parents and siblings joined in with the ten at 10 too!

Monday 10th October is National Mental Health Day. In association with the Literacy Trust we are participating in their ‘take ten at 10’. We have asked the children, to bring in their favourite book from home and at 10 o’clock for ten minutes the whole school (including adults) will read for pleasure.


The Literacy Trust’s research shows that reading can be an effective way of helping people take care of their mental health and wellbeing - and it only takes 10 minutes a day to see the benefits!


Reading every day can help everyone - children, young people and adults - to:

 Relax, unwind and boost their mood

 Escape from the pressures of life and reduce their stress levels

 Improve their memory and concentration

The War in Ukraine


In times of conflict it can be difficult to explain the situation to children in a way that helps them to understand but doesn't frighten or scare them. Books are a fantastic resource to support discussing resilience in times of conflict and suffering. The link below gives some useful books to share with children.


Maple Class - Happy Thoughts during Mental Health Week

Primary Virtual Assembly | Children's Mental Health Week 2022

We've teamed up with BAFTA Kids to create two virtual assemblies for Children's Mental Health Week 2022, supported by Oak National Academy. This primary asse...

This week is Children's Mental Health week. We have been completing daily feelings "check ins" as well as participating in the IMoves well-being songs and dances.


On Monday we watched an Assembly with Oti Mabuse, where the introduced the week, with the theme of dreaming big to achieve our goals. Below are some examples of Maple class's support balloons and stars. The balloons contain people/pets who they feel support them and the stars are emotional goals they wish to achieve with the points being how they can achieve them.

Support balloons/Emotional goal stars

We had some pawsome visitors this week helping us with our mental health and learning!

Anti-Bullying Week 2021: One Kind Word

Today we launch the theme for Anti-Bullying Week 2021: One Kind Word It is taking place from Monday 15th to Friday 19th November 2021. It will start with Odd...

Well Being Ambassadors 2021

Our Welling Being Ambassadors for 2021 - 2022 are Megan, Izabella, Ava and Nuela. The Ambassadors meet with Mrs Hawkings to decide on fortnightly well-being activities that the whole school complete. On Friday 12th November, the whole school did bulb planting and had a fantastic time just breathing in the fresh air! See the Gallery page for photographs of the event. 

NSPCC Childhood Day-11th June 2021


Today, we participated in the NSPCC Childhood day. See our Gallery page for photographs of what the children chose to wear and do in school today- As it was their day!

Fortnightly Buddy time!

Megan and Imogen the Well-being Ambassadors came up with a fantastic idea of having "Buddy time" fortnightly on a Friday. In our class bubbles currently (but across the whole school in the future) the children are randomly paired with someone to complete a mindfulness/problem solving activity, to get to know them better but also to support their emotional health and well-being. So far the children have;

  • Completed mindfulness colouring together
  • Made something that they think could fly the furthest (linked to the NSPCC Childhood day)

Watch this space for our well-being Ambassadors!


We now have two well-being ambassadors from Year 5 who will be supporting mental health and well-being in school. They have already talked to children about their experiences of school and how we can make sure school is a happy environment for everybody to be.



Some resources to support the children returnign to school

Below is a back to school story from the 8th March 2021. Mrs Hawkings will be using this in her worship this week.

A visitor to help the children's mental health and well-being!-Welcome Tilly!

Family Well Being Pack during Covid-19

Children's Mental Health Week 1st February-7th February 2021

Try some of the activities below to help your own mental health and well-being!

Friday 5th February 2021-Positive Quote Day 5

Thursday 4th February 2021-Positive quote day 4

Wednesday 3rd February 2021-Positive quote 3

Tuesday 2nd February 2021- Positive Quote 2

Monday 1st February 2021- Positive Quote

Talking Mental Health

Talking Mental Health is an animation designed to help begin conversations about mental health in the classroom and beyond.The animation and accompanying res...

Some mental health tips from the staff at VDGS