Introducing Captain Calm! Wellbeing Wednesday – Mental Health Heroes – Week 3
Our Team of Wellbeing Heroes Grows!
Our second week of Wellbeing Wednesday has come to a close. Schools, teachers and parents have absolutely loved being taught by Agent Grateful and her powers of positive thought.
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With the start of a new week just over the horizon, we are very happy to introduce you to this week’s newest member of the team!
Captain Calm is here to teach children all about the power of calming their minds. They will think about how they react when they have a calm mind and the importance of calming down before reacting.
This week in our Superhero lineup; we meet Captain Calm. After Agent Grateful successfully defeats a part of The Negatron, it flies off towards the city centre!
Captain Calm is first on the scene!
What will Captain Calm do? Who will win?
To help guide you through part of this weeks task card, our very own Meg from our designer team has made a lovely craft video walking you through the steps on how you and your class can make their very own Calm Capsule.
Using our Task Card Activity is a great place to start your journey to understanding how to stay calm.
Use the task card to understand Captain Calm’s superpower. Talk about what it means to be calm and why it is important. Make your own Calm Capsule and use metaphors to describe your mind.
A great way to introduce the theme of ‘Staying Calm‘, is to get your children to first have them understand what calm looks like to them. Have the children envision in their minds and draw what makes them calm and how being calm looks to them.
A very good way to improve upon this is to have them think more critically about why it helps them to keep them calm.
Instead of just drawing a pool of water, they may write “Water calms me because of the stillness and quietness of the water” Challenge them to think critically about what they’re writing in their journal.
To help your get started – make sure to use our Captain Calm Journal Activity.
Keep Calm Activities
Just like adults, it’s easy for kids to get lost and overwhelmed by stress.
But kids can learn to calm themselves by focusing on what’s happening right now in their body, breath and surroundings – this is also known as mindfulness. Mindfulness helps focus a worried mind and makes it easier for kids to control how they react to stress.
Have you ever told a child to take a deep breath, and then they start hyperventilating? Or they breathe in, but don’t breathe out?
Sometimes, kids may need a little more help to figure out how to properly take a deep breath.
Here are some of my favourite ways that I’ve found to help introduce deep breathing!
Quick note: The breathing kids should be doing is deep belly breaths, not shallow chest breaths. When they breathe in, their belly should expand, and when they breathe out, their belly should contract.
Breathe in and expand the sphere, breathe out and push the sphere back in (this mirrors what should be happening to their belly)
Start at the bottom right of the square
Breathe in for four counts as you trace the first side of the square
Hold your breath for four counts as you trace the second side of the square
Breathe out for four counts as you trace the third side of the square
Hold your breath for four counts as you trace the final side of the square
You’ve just completed one deep breath!
5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Grounding Technique
This technique will take you through your five senses to help remind you of the present.
Take a deep belly breath to begin.
5 – LOOK: Look around for 5 things that you can see, and say them out loud. For example, you could say, I see the computer, I see the cup, I see the picture frame.
4 – FEEL: Pay attention to your body and think of 4 things that you can feel, and say them out loud. For example, you could say, I feel my feet warm in my socks, I feel the hair on the back of my neck, or I feel the pillow I am sitting on.
3 – LISTEN: Listen for 3 sounds. It could be the sound of traffic outside, the sound of typing or the sound of your stomach rumbling. Say the three things out loud.
2 – SMELL: Say two things you can smell. If you’re allowed to, it’s okay to move to another spot and sniff something. If you can’t smell anything at the moment or you can’t move, then name your 2 favorite smells.
1 – TASTE: Say one thing you can taste. It may be the toothpaste from brushing your teeth, or a mint from after lunch. If you can’t taste anything, then say your favourite thing to taste.
Each week there is a fresh teacher guide for EYFS, KS1, Lower KS2 as well as Upper KS2. Each teacher guide will walk you through each individual character that is to appear that week as well as the content for that week.
Each of these individual teacher guides will include:
- What the children will learn
- Vocabulary & Questions
- The teaching and learning sequence
- A brief overview
- Resources needed, both for this week and the following week
Our very popular E-Books have been updated to fit around the superhero theme. Each week a comic book styled E-Book will be available!
It narrates a short story in which we find out who the superhero is, what their traits are and what we can learn from them about their individual theme.
There are two books: one for Early Years/ KS1 and one for KS2.
This week our comic book follows Captain Calm as he tracks down The Negatron to Wellbourne Shopping Centre and attempts to defeat The Negatron before he can spread his negative energy!
Alongside all of these amazing resources, we also have some brand new, additional resources available which can be used to enhance your teaching even further!
We have a mini activity booklet which, with a little creative cutting and folding, you can turn this single A4 page into a brilliant mini activity book; which is full of fun and simple activities to help reinforce this week’s theme of ‘Staying Calm‘!
It also acts as a great collectable resource for children too!
The Display Focus provides you with resources to add to your wellbeing display each week; including a character cut-out and quotes relating to this week’s theme!
6 Collectable cards featuring challenges and reminders related to this week’s theme of ‘Calm’.
Children should collect all 6 cards each week to build up a deck of 72 cards. Perfect for playing games like ‘SNAP’ and as a tool for children to lean on when they are feeling anxious, worried, angry or upset.
Along with all of these, there is large colouring-in sheets featuring Captain Calm and a set of differentiated quotes and statements.
Perfect for children to unleash their creativity! Whilst being mindful of the quotes and statements on the pages.