We explored this year’s theme of Children’s Mental Health week, ‘Let’s Connect,’ by discussing connecting with kindness, sharing connections that the children have and the impact this can have on them, as well as thinking about making new connections and how relationships can grow and change. The week began with the children being given a heart with a name that was their ‘secret person’ that needed to try and connect with for the week. At the end of the week, they shared the new connections they had made and how this had made both children feel. These new connections were represented with colourful paper chains which have been displayed in the classrooms.
The younger children also used ‘Russian Doll’ style animals to help them understand different connections. Inspired by the book, ‘Gratitude Is My Superpower,’ we focused on the theme of gratitude for the connections that we have with others and the children added to their class gratitude jar throughout the week, with their contributions being shared and discussed.
For the final day of Mental Health Week, the children focused on self-care. They were able to wear their slippers in the classroom and embraced various activities such as, mindful colouring, listening to calming music and practising the different breathing techniques they had learnt throughout the week.