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Coronavirus - mental health & well-being

Message from Mr Cook 30th March: As we continue to self-isolate, or work from home or home school children or whatever circumstance we find ourselves in, one of the current challenges is for all of us to provide reassurance to children in the face of high uncertainty. This is true for all children and may be more so for some of our SEND children or children with already high anxiety levels or SEMH etc. Below are some websites and apps suggested by Andy Baker (LSP) and Elliot Davis (B&NES Social Care) to support children at this time.

What is equally important in my view is for children and parents is to talk and stay in touch with friends and family.

The school nursing service is also offering a telephone support service for parents and children – click here to see the letter with further details.

  1. Message from Andy Baker (LSP Lead Teacher for SEND and Pupil Engagement)

You will be experiencing pupils and students who are more anxious and have questions that worry them (that they may or may not be able to articulate). have collated a range of excellent resources from key charities such as the Anna Freud Centre and Young Minds.

They include how you can:

There are also other resources on topics of self-care for adults, calming activities for the children and an overview of anxiety.

  1. Message from Elliot Davis (Principal Social Worker for Children and Families Service B&NES Council)

General Wellbeing

CALM - App for Mindfulness and Meditation. (Available on iOS, Android & Web)

Breathe2Relax - The relaxation app trains you on the “belly breathing” technique that has proven benefits for your overall mental health. (Available on iOS and Android)

Stress Check by Azumio - This app takes you on a deep breathing exercise to promote calmness and can bring your heart rate down in five minutes. The app provides instant feedback with breath and pulse monitoring and tracks long-term progress. (Available on Android)

Happify - The Happify app is a way to make a game of all the positive psychology tricks you know might work, but make you feel kind of silly when you actually do them. You'll start by taking a quick test that assesses the areas of happiness you should work on. Then, you're presented with a few "tracks" that can help get you to your goals. (Available on iOS and Android)

SAMAPP: APPS FOR ANXIETY - SAM is an application to help you understand and manage anxiety. (Available on iOS and Android)

PACIFICA - Daily tools for stress, anxiety, and depression alongside a supportive community. Based on cognitive behavioural therapy & mindfulness meditation. (Available on iOS, Android & Web)

Thrive: Feel Stress Free - When you log in it gives you different tips to help you relieve stress/anxiety. There are tabs for meditation, deep relaxation, self-hypnosis, and more. (Available on iOS and Android)

BASE - An app designed to help manage stress and anxiety. By learning more about how and why we experience anxiety at different times and in different situations we can be less fearful. (Available on Android)

Smiling Mind - Trying to incorporate mindfulness into your daily life? This app can help you launch into a regular practice of mindfulness meditations. (Available on iOS and Android)

Wysa Happiness Chabot - Wysa helps to build emotional resilience by talking to you about your situation. Over 60 psychologists and 10,000 users have provided specific inputs to shape how Wysa helps them. (Available on iOS and Android)

I love Hue - When you feel like you have no control, this app can help sooth you by creating simple visual harmonies from mosaic tiles. (Available on iOS and Android)

Anxious Minds - Anxious minds are a charity that was set up by sufferers of anxiety and depression, to provide free support to all suffers of anxiety and depression. (Available on Android)

Worry Watch - This journaling tool has a simple user interface where users can log instances of worry, fear, and anxiety. They can also add the outcome of each situation, which provides a comparison between expectation and reality that helps reduce anxiety over time. (Available on iOS)

What’s Up? Anxiety App - This app uses CBT and ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) methods to help you cope with Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Stress and more. (Available on iOS and Android)

WELLMIND - WellMind is your free NHS mental health and wellbeing app designed to help you with stress, anxiety and depression. The app includes advice, tips and tools to improve your mental health and boost your wellbeing. (Available on iOS and Android)

Cove - Free, personal music journal to help you with your emotional and mental health. Trusted by the NHS. (Available on iOS)

Reflectly - A personal journal and diary driven by AI to enable you to deal with negative thoughts, make positivity louder and to teach you about the science of well-being. (Available on iOS and Android)

Happy not perfect - Backed by science, designed for you, Happy Not Perfect is your go-to place for everything you need to look after your mind in a fun new way. (Available on iOS and Android)

We hope that you find the documents and website links below useful:

Mental wellbeing

The emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults. B&NES and The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust have produced a useful guide - click below to download

Mental health problems in children: guidance for parents and carers (October 2019)

Happy Maps is a fantastic website with all sorts of advice for parents including ADHD, Anger, Anxiety, Autism, Bullying, Coping with Death or Loss, Coping with Divorce or Separation, Depression, Eating Disorders, Encouraging good behaviour or habits, Gender Identity, Internet Safety & Gaming, Long-term illness and mood, OCD, Problems with Food, Problems with Toileting, School Anxiety, Sleep, Tics and Tourettes etc.... It also has many other useful web links

Help with anxiety

General information

Click here to see the BS 'Welcome Back' document with important reminders (Sep 2019)

EYFS (Reception children)

Click here to see the Powerpoint from the BS YR phonics meeting 3rd October

Click below for resources to support your child's reading and writing 

Letter formation sheet

Self-talk for letter formation

Pre-writing sheets

Read Write Inc speed sounds

Tricky words set 1            Tricky words set 2          Tricky words set 3

To see an overview of the Early Learning Goals for children in YR click here

Click here to see the Powerpoint from the BS Parent meeting on 12th June 2019 (as a pdf file)

KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) for reading, writing and maths

The KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) for reading, writing and maths that we use with other LSP schools to make assessments on your child’s attainment and progress during the year can be found below. The KPIs below are for children in Years 1, 3, 4 and 5. (YR follow the EYFS curriculum and Y2 and Y6 teachers use the statutory frameworks for assessment). Please also note, the KPIs are written in education terms, but may be useful for parents to see for themselves and support your child’s learning at home.

KPIS for reading

KPIs for writing

KPIs for maths


Following the maths evening last year, the draft maths calculation policy can be found here, and the powerpoint slides here

Information for parents on the Y4 Multiplication Table Check  can be found here (statutory assessment for Y4 pupils introduced this year; administration dates in 2020 are between 8th June to 26th June)