Riding The Wellbeing Rollercoaster – A Behind The Scenes Blog From TPet
Hello everyone! As my favourite Youtuber RatemyTakeaway would say ‘We’re back on the road again‘! It’s certainly been a long time since the last behind the scenes blog, but I think it’s time for another! A lot has gone on since the last blog and a lot has changed, so we’ve got some catching up to do! Since the last time we spoke, the team have completed some HUGE projects that you’ve all had the opportunity to check out. They’ve been working so hard it’s been amazing to see the quality of work that they’ve been producing and of course, I am incredibly lucky to be working with this talented team.
But at TPet, we work hard and we play hard too. From birthday parties, to Wellbeing Wednesdays and an amazing team bonding day at Alton Towers, we love to let our hair down after a busy period. So, without anymore delay, lets get right into it!
In the last blog, the team were working hard on making the finishing touches to what was our latest Wellbeing scheme, the Mental Health Heroes. The Mental Health Heroes were originally a concept created in 2020 but were re-worked to be updated for Summer 2021. Needless to say, it was a roaring success. The new Mental Health Heroes were met with critical acclaim, and we thoroughly enjoyed bringing them to you.
Since then, our Wellbeing birds of last year have returned for the Autumn term, now including differentiated resources. But I know what you are after, you want the juicy teasers, you want sneak peeks. Well sneak peeks you shall have…
The entire team had a HUGE brainstorming session recently where we all came together with ideas for our latest scheme of Wellbeing Wednesday. I can’t really say much about it, so you’ll have to take an educated guess, but I can promise you that this is going to be the BIGGEST and BEST Wellbeing Wednesday to date. The entire team have loved coming together with ideas and concepts, and it’s really shaping up to be something special.
Speaking of sea life, this brings me perfectly into the next section…
Alton Towers/Sea Life
As part of our research into the latest Wellbeing Wednesday, the team took the opportunity to head over to Sea Life in Alton Towers as part of our team bonding day. We saw some utterly incredible sea life while on our trip –
But like I mentioned above, we work hard and we play hard too, so what better to do at Alton Towers than to go on some of the rides! What a marvellous day we had with some exhilarating rides, Oktoberfest bratwurst hot dogs and most importantly, some wonderful team bonding.
And as you can see from the videos, the weather was on our side as well! In no uncertain terms, it was a HOT day. Like being abroad as they say, but it was certainly a Wellbeing Wednesday to remember.
One of the other projects that the team have been hard at work at is SPEAK Phonics. SPEAK Phonics is a brand new systematic synthetic phonics scheme (SSP) and provides everything that you need to support the teaching and learning of phonics from Nursery to Year 2. Up to its release in July, the team had been working flat out on the first set of resources to go on the site and it’s been a HUGE success so far. The team are still working on new resources to meet the schedule, so make sure you are keeping an eye out on social media and the site.
We’ve got lots of creative resources to download as part of SPEAK Phonics! Our phonics scheme includes assessment and tracking, guides on how to deliver phonics sessions, a massive bank of resources to use to teach phonics sessions, interventions, training and support and much, much more!
The team have recently been hard at work on resources for Bat Week.
Bat Week is an international, annual celebration designed to raise awareness about the need for bat conservation. Bats are amazing creatures that are vital to the health of our natural world and economy. Although we may not always see them, bats are hard at work all around the world each night – eating tons of insects, pollinating flowers, and spreading seeds that grow new plants and trees.batweek.org
With this in mind, the team set out to create their own resources in support of the week, including amazingly helpful classroom resources that help to teach all about these wonderful creatures and why it’s important for us to raise awareness.
The team got straight to work on researching everything and anything Bats, and then coming up with accurate designs in that classic TPet style that you’re used to! We’ve even been trying to come up with some punny bat related names in the office. Some good ones were thrown around, Bat LeBlanc, Bat Lucas, Bat Damon and of course what you can see above – Batsby The Bat (or The Great Batsby). We’ve pulled some knowledge from a book that we have in the office which you can see below!
Phil also reviewed a wonderful book titled ‘The Bat Book’ by Charlotte Milner. Phil wrote –
‘I love Autumn and this weeks book choice is perfect for the spooky month ahead (plus we have themed resources coming soon!).
‘The Bat Book’ by @charlottemilnerillustration is an engaging and informative non-fiction book packed full of fascinating facts about this diverse group of flying mammals. It has incredible illustrations and will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about bats.
If you want to know your bumblebee bat from your spectacled flying fox or the wide range of habitats that they inhabit, this is the book for you.’
We love a good birthday in the office! We’ve celebrated a couple since the last blog, and the most recent was what we liked to call ‘Jay Fest’ – a birthday celebration for our co-founder Jay. Jay Fest was setup in secret with the help of the rest of the office. Jay was certainly in for a surprise when coming in from a routine PT session…
Some, questionable band names originally, but this is a metal concert after all (we’ll ignore Jay-Z). But this was Jay Fest, so we had to jayify the band names up a little bit. Introducing – the Jay Fest line up 2021. For all those who were too rowdy though, we had our Burger Van Man and Chief of Security… Kaiser!
Kaiser was also our ‘Man With The Burger Van’, except there wasn’t actually a burger van, complete with false advertising, so we ended up buying from the local chippy (by the time we’d eaten we were just about ready for a siesta