At Upperby Primary School, we believe it is very important to support you all to be happy, healthy resilient individuals who can cope with life’s challenges. Our staff work hard to support the mental health and well-being of all the children and adults in our school community and will help our pupils and families to talk openly.
Always remember to talk to your trusted adults if you feel worried, sad, scared or unhappy. Your class teachers and teaching assistants will always listen and support you whenever they can. We are lucky to have so many wonderful adults that care!
On this page you will find activities that will promote positive mental health and help you take care of your wellbeing.
Our School’s Designated Mental Health Ambassadors are:
Mrs Burns (Deputy Headteacher)
Miss Wilson (PSHE Subject Lead)
Mrs Chan (Pastoral Support)
Nature Activities (Scarf's 5 ways to wellbeing)
- Patterns in nature.
- Listening to dawn chorus - or even just the birds at any time of day!
- Sit quietly outside and listen for sounds - how many can you hear?
- Growing something and watching it, appreciate.
- Lie on the ground be still and think about what you can feel.
- Pay attention to an insect, watch its journey closely.
- Watch the flow of water and listen to the sound focus on the shapes that the water makes.
- Natural art - using objects from nature (blossom, twigs, stones, leaves, sand, shells etc.) to create a design or pattern. Take pictures, to preserve this natural art work!
- Pressing flowers in the traditional way using books or using a microwave for a quicker way to dehydrate the flowers. Create pictures/cards using the flowers (and give to others!)
- Research then design and create a garden/flower bed to attract wildlife (butterflies, bees, birds). This can be a small patch or even pots – the bigger the better for pots, as they take less looking after.
- Sketch or paint outdoors to capture natural landscapes/flowers/birds.
- Listen to and compose music with a natural theme e.g. linked to weather, water, woodland sounds.
- Nature walk with list of specific things to find (a treasure or scavenger hunt) e.g. a stone that’s not round, feathers of various colours and sizes, blossom, specific shape or colour leaf, something from each colour of the rainbow and/or school colours – record your treasure on digital camera/tablet.
- Challenge the children to make up or adapt a game using natural materials.
- Make a hopscotch grid using things from nature - twigs, pebbles etc. and play hopscotch together
Give to others
- Make daisy chains or weave willow bands to give to friends or family members.
- Share one of your favourite places with someone, explore it with your senses. Take a friend to your favourite place… hopefully somewhere they have never been.
- Choose one of the activities from the Get Creative section – make something to give to a friend or relative!
Connect with others
- Growing seeds/plants at school or with friends or family.
- Growing a fast growing plants e.g. cress (possibly in egg shell?) and share with family online via Zoom/Facetime. Have some fun by drawing a face on the egg and then cutting crazy cress hairstyles!
- Make picture/collage using natural materials
- Listening game with a partner – how many nature sounds can be heard?
- Birdwatching - or insect watching - with someone.
- Gardening for someone else or a school or community garden/allotment with a group/friend.
We have some very exciting news..... Barnado's Mental Health Support Team (MHST) will be working in our school. Our practitioners are called Kate and Jenny. They can help young people with their emotional health and wellbeing through one to one and group work.
Self care is vital for positive mental health. Finding time for yourself can be a challenge especially if you have a busy or chaotic household. It can be easy to forget to look after your own wellbeing needs which can lead to feelings of stress or being overwhelmed. Factoring in regular time or activities for yourself will hopefully allow you to enjoy the good moments in life more and to find strength during difficult times. The best way to have self care time is to do activities that you enjoy!
The poster above was created by Mrs Norris, the Mindfulness Teacher. Thank you Mrs Norris!