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The Wellbeing Flock Return – New and Improved for this Autumn term!

August 16th 2021| Josh Cookson

The Wellbeing Flock Return

It’s no secret, this past year and a half has been arguably the toughest children have gone through. But in March, we started to see the light at the end of the tunnel when children returned to school and could join in on social circles again and be able to be taught in person, which will hopefully be a huge boost to their wellbeing and mental health.

As we now get through the summer break and head back into the classroom, it is important to encourage positive mental health discussions in the classroom as children begin to return to normal routines. With this in mind, we have been working on improving our wellbeing scheme for the birds to make it even better.

But first, let’s take a look at some stats

In 2020, NHS studies showed that the number of children who had reported a probable mental health disorder had risen from 1 in 9 in 2017 to 1 in 6 in 2020. No coincidence then, that this coincides with the beginning of the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns which resulted in school closures.

Thankfully, this led to immediate action, with Dr Alex George (Love Island) being appointed as the Youth Mental Health Ambassador, after the death of his younger brother. The constant shifting between the classroom and home learning was not healthy for any child, and not to mention the increased stress levels teachers are facing at such a difficult time.

It’s important we continue to act, these children depend on us for guidance, for leadership and to keep them safe.

NHS studies also show that 1 in 8 children experience emotional problems growing up. While for some they may resolve with time, others require further support. And it’s important that we bear in mind that this is just without the impact of COVID. So you can imagine with COVID and the lockdowns how this number could be significantly higher. It will be very interesting to see the stats for 2021 when they are compiled and released.

If you’re a teacher, the odds are that you have more than likely witnessed this yourself, but it’s a damning stat nonetheless. 2 out of 3 primary school children say they worry all the time about at least one thing. And 90% of school leaders have reported an increase in the number of students experiencing anxiety or stress in the last five years. School should not have to be a place where a child turns up worrying about something all day, every day. Unfortunately for some teachers, it is an incredibly sensitive and difficult topic to approach.

The Wellbeing Flock Return

#WellbeingWednesday is back again and it’s time to say hello to our wonderful Wellbeing Flock! The birds that you know and love are back for Autumn, but we’ve made a few tweaks to make the scheme bigger and better than the last time. You’ll be instantly familiar with the birds as their designs have largely remained unchanged, but we have made a couple of small tweaks and some have even changed names to better fit their theme.

What can we expect from this term?

Just like last Autumn, the birds are located in different countries around the world, and each week our mystery egg visits their homeland where they help to teach the egg a new wellbeing skill, as it soaks up a whole load of wellbeing wisdom over the course of 12 weeks! But who is this egg? Where has it come from? If you followed last year then you’ll know already, but for those of you new to using Wellbeing Wednesday, you’ll have to wait and see!

So what sort of activities can you expect over the next 12 weeks?

  • Each week, you will be treated to a wonderful animation and eBook which have been lovingly crafted by our team of graphic designers. We’ve made some new tweaks to the animations and eBooks so that they are even better than before! And just like our Mental Health Heroes, each animation will be COMPLETELY FREE TO VIEW!
  • To support your teaching, you will be able to download a weekly teaching guide, display resources and task cards.
  • To follow on from your teaching, children can complete the weekly journal page and colouring activity.

And for the first time for our Wellbeing Flock, these resources will now be differentiated to truly provide you the exact resources you need for your class. These resources will be available in EYFS, Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2! In addition to this, you can also access a huge display pack for the classroom.

Meg has been working on some exciting Wellbeing Wednesday content

I want some resources now!

Okay, okay, I think we can oblige! Make a head start on your wellbeing planning and teaching with our Teacher Guide, Scheme Overview and Display Pack which are available to download… now! All of these have been updated to better reflect the tweaks that have been made and to make sure that your planning and display are as up-to-date as possible.

And when is the first set of weekly resources coming?!

We’re really happy to say that weeks 1-4 will be available to download from 29th August, allowing you to get ahead with the planning and preparation!

Wellbeing in the Wild

We want to see your #WellbeingInTheWild! Send us your photos of our Wellbeing Wednesday resources in your classroom! This could be a display or our activities in action (no children’s faces please). Our favourite will win an exclusive Teacher’s Pet merchandise bundle and a £25 Amazon gift voucher!

You can enter by:

  • Emailing your photo to megan@tpet.co.uk
  • Tagging @tpetuk in your photo on Instagram
  • Commenting your photo on our #WellbeingInTheWild Facebook posts or
  • Tagging @TeachersPetUK in your photo on Twitter

And finally, how do I get involved?

Getting involved couldn’t be more simple. If you’re a teacher who is looking to use Wellbeing Wednesday in their classroom, simply sign up for a solo membership at tpet.co.uk/memberships . Our Wellbeing Wednesday scheme is exclusive to ULTIMATE members, but you can grab the first week for FREE with our Starter membership tier. You’ll get to read the first flip book and try out some of the amazing resources on offer!

Want to use Wellbeing Wednesday in your whole school? That couldn’t be easier either! If you know how many teachers will require a membership, then just send an email over to support@tpet.co.uk and ask for a quote on a whole school membership. We will generate one for you as soon as possible.

Updated resources will be released in blocks of four leading up to the final bird (December). Remember to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date on all the latest releases.

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Categories: Classroom Environment, Wellbeing
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