Creswell Junior School

Creswell Junior School

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Elmton Road, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 4JD

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Children's Mental Health

Children's Mental Health and wellbeing

 

At Creswell Junior School, we believe in protecting and promoting positive mental health and emotional wellbeing.

 

What is Mental Health?

Mental Health is the way you think and feel about yourself and the world around you. It affects how you cope with life's challenges and stresses.

 

During Mental Health week, we compared our mental health to a growing tree. In some years trees grow a lot, but in some years trees have a hard time growing.

Sometimes we feel like we are growing and developing and doing really well. For example, we might do well in our work at school and feel like we have good friendships. But at other times we might feel like we are not growing and developing like we want to. We might get upset because we are finding our school work difficult or have fallen out with our friends.

These feelings are very ordinary and that even when we feel like things are not going right in our lives, we can continue to develop and grow – just like the tree can grow even when the conditions aren’t quite right.

 
We have Mental Health Champions  in Year 5, who have taken part in training to be able to advise others on how to improve their emotional wellbeing. We use the five ways to wellbeing:
Connect:
  • Talk to someone instead of texting or messaging
  • Speak to someone new in school, that you haven't spoken to before
  • Spend time with your brothers and sisters, playing or reading a story together
  • Have a chat with a friend - try to really listen to what they are saying
  • Join a club or group, with people who like the same things as you.
Be Active:
  • Take up a sport
  • Go for a run or walk
  • Make up a dance (as silly as you want!) or an exercise routine
  • Try gardening or growing something
  • Take part in an organised activity on the playground
Take Notice:
  • Look around the room and find something you haven't noticed before
  • Notice your thoughts and feelings and accept them (this could be during 'Calm Me Time')
  • Go for a nature walk and notice things in nature
  • Use your senses to sense things around you
  • Take photos of things that are happening now
Learn New Things:
  • Read books
  • Research on the computer
  • Listen to music
  • Practise a dance
  • Talk to your grandparents about what school was like for them
  • Find out more about something you're interested in
  • Learn how to draw or paint
Give:
  • Open a door for someone
  • Ask someone who is lonely to play with you

 

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