PSHE at Slindon

SUMMER TERM 2
 
Chestnut class have been investigating how print media and digital media, including social media, manipulate images to represent people as 'ideal'. We decided that there was no 'ideal body or face' because each and every one of us unique. After looking at before and after images of people we concluded that it is difficult to believe anything we see online! 
 
We also felt it was really important that we do not judge ourselves, or others, by just their appearance. We thought about all the things we love to do, things we are proud of and things that make us the unique individuals we are; we really are - 'Not Just A Pretty Face ... ' 

Wellbeing at Slindon CE Primary School – Autumn 2020

Due to the global Coronavirus pandemic, schools throughout the world have experienced quite a different Autumn Term this year. Here at Slindon Church of England Primary School, our timetable has remained largely the same  but there have been a few changes in how we have worked. We've kept to class based bubbles, spent as much time outside in the fresh air as possible and rather than working in groups have been sitting in pairs and washing our hands regularly.

We’ve been taking care of each other and have made many opportunities to discuss any worries or fears we might have about the current situation. We watch the news together and talk about current issues and during PSHE have explored general wellbeing and, in particular, how we can take care of our mental health.

In years 5 and 6 we read the bestselling book “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse” and talked about the author's aims and the lovely ideas that the characters encounter.

Charlie Mackesy, the artist and author, wanted to make a book that “encourages you … to live courageously with more kindness for yourself and for others.”

We really enjoyed it and worked out some important ingredients for mental wellbeing - never compare yourself to others, never give up on your dreams, the bravest thing you can do is to ask for help and that crying is really okay, we all do it sometimes.

During PSHE lessons in Chestnut class we have focused on mental health and have come up with some every day top tips for a healthy mind –

  • Talk to someone you trust if you’re feeling sad, worried or frightened
  • Talk positively to yourself, for instance -“you’re doing really well” or “you can do this.”
  • Spend time in nature
  • If you feel anxious, angry or frustrated breathe deeply and count to ten
  • Smile
  • Keep learning new things
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Get plenty of exercise

You can find out more about the awesome book and author here: https://www.charliemackesy.com/

If you need any more information or advice about mental wellbeing you can visit these websites https://youngminds.org.uk/   https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/improve-mental-wellbeing/ https://www.childline.org.uk/