Wellbeing has been at the heart of everything we do at Highfield during these unprecedented times. The global pandemic has had a significant impact in children’s social, emotional and mental health in a way that it has not before. We are ensuring the needs of all of our children are a priority. We hope to update this page regularly with new information as it becomes available.
As part of the recovery curriculum, every year group has been introduced to SMILE (Socialise, Movement, Interest, Learn, Engage). SMILE is an ethos based approach to support the emotional health and wellbeing of our whole school community. It is based on the 5 ways to wellbeing by the NHS; connect, give to others, physical activity, learn new skills and mindfulness.
Each day, every year group will have daily mindfulness in class and calm time after lunch to reduce anxiety, build resilience and support reintegration to the school environment. All children will participate in daily movement breaks in order for them to physically move around and engage with their peers.
Using wellbeing vocabulary is essential in supporting children to improve their wellbeing. Circle time sessions to discuss these feelings, as well as other topics, will be increased to allow children to speak and be heard amongst their peers and key adults. All classrooms include a safe space area for children to go to if they feel overwhelmed. This is a quiet spot where they can calm themselves in times of stress to help them develop self-regulation. Each class has their own worry box where children can post their worries and discuss these and solutions to them regularly. At Highfield, we recognise that every child is unique and so we use a range of resources to cater for and support individual needs.
The Class teacher’s have completed a Wellbeing baseline, we are using this information to ensure the children are accessing not just support in class, but we are supported with more specialist help from our Place2be and Trail Blazers mental welling being teams. A small number of children and families will also be signposted to CAMHS for long term support.
You might find yourself feeling worried about the spread of Coronavirus and its impact on you and your loved ones. These feelings are normal and it’s important we acknowledge them and remind each other to look after our physical and mental health.
Currently, everybody in the UK is being asked to stay at home. Some examples of things you can do to help you keep positive in such unprecedented times might include:
- Stay in touch – Keep in contact with your family and friends, you can still connect from a distance – Call your friends or send a card/letter to a loved one.
- Continue the things you enjoy – Try reading that book you’ve been meaning to start, watch that new series or try a new skill – Some of your Teachers have been busy learning all sorts of new skills they will no doubt be keen to show off when we return to school!
- Get into a daily routine – You might find it helpful to plan when you are going to complete your learning and plan in a treat for afterward, so you have something to look forward to.
It is also important to recognise when things are feeling overwhelming and talking to those around you to help lighten the load. However, if you feel you’d like to speak to someone more confidentially, https://www.giveusashout.org/ offers a fantastic 24/7 service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help. Shout is powered by a team of volunteers, who are at the heart of the service. They take people from crisis to calm every single day.
Another website you may find useful is: https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk/
As mentioned above, please check this page regularly as it will be updated as and when appropriate.
If your child missed the flu vaccination at school, there are catch-up clinics available for school aged children at the following address:
Cedar House, St Michaels Hospital Site EN2 0JB (for sat nav use EN2 0JA)
Please call to book a time for your child to receive his/her vaccination.
Should you require additional information please contact our service by telephone or email:
Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 020 8702 3499
Children’s Immunisation Team