Mental Health and Wellbeing

At Marshwood CE Primary Academy, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.  

At our school we:

  • help children to understand their emotions and feelings better                             
  • help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
  • help children socially to form and maintain relationships
  • promote self esteem and ensure children know that they count
  • encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
  • help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks

We offer different levels of support

Universal Support- To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance developing resilience for all.

Additional support- For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.  

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https://mosaicfamilysupport.org/

Targeted support-  For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing or nurture groups.

Lead staff members:

Luke Owen: Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Lead.

News

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World Mental Health Day - 10th october 2020 is the most important one yet.

This year has been a tough one for us all. The months of lockdown and loss have had a huge impact on our mental health.

According to our research, with over 16,000 people, we know that more than half of adults (60%) and over two thirds of young people (68%) said their mental health got worse during lockdown. We know that many have developed new mental health problems as a result of the pandemic and, for some of us, existing mental health problems have gotten worse.

To find our more click on teh link below:

World Mental Health Day 2020

Children’s Mental Health Week 2020 - Find your Brave

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From 3-9 February 2020 we took part in  Children’s Mental Health Week. This year’s theme was Find your Brave. 

During the week children discovered that bravery comes in all shapes and sizes and is different for everyone. Bravery can be about sharing worries and asking for help, trying something new or pushing yourself outside your comfort zone. Children found out that Finding your Brave can build your confidence, self-esteem and make you feel good about yourself. 

Staff and children talked about how life often throws challenges our way. Bravery isn’t about coping alone or holding things in. It’s about finding positive ways to deal with things that might be difficult, overcoming physical and mental challenges and looking after yourself. 

We all have times when we need to Find our Brave

Around three children in every primary school class has a mental health problem, and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement. 

Useful links

https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/about-the-week/

Place2Be launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Now in its sixth year, we hope to encourage more people than ever to get involved and spread the word. 

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

A public health England and NHS site to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others.

https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/

Quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing.

Useful Documents

Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy

Children and Young People With Anxiety - A Guide For Parents

Announcement

Foxdown farm Diaries - Series 2-Episode 5

05 Mar 2021

Please find the link to Mrs Strawbridge's Foxdown Farm Diaries: Series 2: Episode 5.  Broadband the pig has another litter of piglets, see how to care for the Shetland ponies and more.  Foxd...

World Book Day 2021

04 Mar 2021

Some amazing book themed outfits on display in school this morning. We are all looking forward to checking in with our home learners via zoom later to share all things reading together. Happy World Bo...

6 Words Story Challenge

04 Mar 2021

As part of our World Book Day celebrations today Lamberts Class have been focussing on the importance of words in literacy. More importantly, they have been learning to write an entire story in just 6...

Handy Tips, A to Z Wellbeing After Lockdown

01 Mar 2021

Hi Everyone Here are a few handy tips that may help Children and Parents/Carers in preparation for the return back to school. This could be sent on to the parents or posted on to the social media c...

Marshwood Litter Pickers

23 Feb 2021

A huge well done to Alex and Sam in KS2 who have been collecting rubbish from nearby lanes while walking their dog.  Alex sorted the rubbish when they got back home and counted 37 drinks cans and...

SAFER INTERNET DAY 2021

09 Feb 2021

Today we are celebrating Safer-Internet Day with this year's theme: An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world Ensuring we are able to keep our children and ourselves sa...

Bird feeders

05 Feb 2021

Our forest schoolers have been carrying on with their RSPB themed work by making bird feeders today. Judging by the size of these two, very few birds will be going hungry in the coming weeks! 

Children's Mental Health Week 2021

02 Feb 2021

Children's Mental Health Week is taking place on 1-7 February 2021. This year's theme is Express Yourself. To find out more click on the link below. Children's Mental Health Week 2021

Forest School Bird Art

29 Jan 2021

This week children in KS2 got behind the RSPB and their annual Big Garden Bird Survey by making their own wire bird sculputures in Forest School. I think they look brilliant and will make a great deco...

Foxdown Farm Diaries - Series 2 - Epsisode 2

27 Jan 2021

To watch the latest episode of Foxdown Farm Diaries click on the link below. In this episode you will meet Alfie the new farm cat and see how he gets on with Rex!  Series 2 - Episode 2