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Waves of Wellbeing – The Humpback Whale – Understanding Grief

March 11th 2022| Michael Mountford
March 11th 2022 |

Waves of Wellbeing – The Humpback Whale – Understanding Grief

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We have been absolutley blown away by the response we’ve had to our new Wellbeing scheme so far.

We are so happy that you and your class have loved learning about Lobster and Jellyfish and how it teaches us how to grow up.

This week will be taking a look at the Humpback Whale and what it can teach us about understanding grief

Animation

Our Waves of Wellbeing animations are available to access through our Wellbeing Hub.

Our wonderful narrator, Nial, who you may remember from our series of Wellbeing Superheroes animations, is back to help guide you and your classroom through the lesson of that week’s sea creature.

We will also be publishing versions of our animations without any narration. This could be useful for those of you who would like to go through the animations yourself and have either yourself or the children in your classroom narrate parts of the animation.

PowerPoint

For the first time during any of our Wellbeing Schemes, we will be including our very popular Interactive PowerPoint Shows.

Our fully interactive PowerPoint shows combine everything that you need to teach the lesson, including the animated story, talk and task to help explain the lesson theme, mindful music to use when the children complete the mindful journal, and more!

Our PowerPoint Shows have been designed to give you and your classroom a better way of seeing all of our main learning sequence resources in one place.

The PowerPoint has handy buttons, allowing you to skip to the animated story, the talk and task section or the journal.

Our animated story is also included within the PowerPoint Show which introduces the children to Ruby the Diver, the Humpback Whale and the theme of Understanding Grief.


The talk and task section will help the children to “understand “how to recognise and talk about their emotions” and how this can be an important part of processing grief.

This lesson cannot tell children how to cope with grief or give them a magical solution, but it can help destigmatise grief and loss.


Finally, the Journal section plays mindful music and a simple animation, for you to play whilst the children calmly complete their journal and colouring tile exercise for the week – just make sure to be logged into your Teacher’s Pet account to ensure seamless access when clicking through.

Teacher Pack

Our detailed teacher packs, are brand new to our wellbeing series and combine a whole host of useful information for planning, including:

  • links to learning goals,
  • a teaching sequence
  • key vocabulary
  • and much more

Alongside all of this to help you plan your lesson, our teacher pack also includes detailed questions and discussion, a class task, supporting resources, and a differentiated script to use with our unnarrated animated story.

Journal

Our fully differentiated Journal is brand new to our wellbeing series and combines mindful colouring and a simple journal-style activity to help summarise what they have learned about understanding grief.

Additional Resources

Alongside all of our fantastic main learning sequence resources, we’ve also been hard at work to create some brilliant additional differentiated resources.

All of these resources below are absolutely fantastic and will enable you and your class to further learn and discuss the lessons from The Humpback Whale.

Minibook

Our Minibook is brand new to our wellbeing series and is a fun addition to our regular resources, providing a mini-book for children to fold and make, sharing lots of fun facts and information, all about the Humpback Whale, the focus of this week’s wellbeing theme of Understanding Grief.

Weekly Display Focus

You may have noticed our Door Poster, which was part of our Essential Pack, has a whole bunch of empty space; that wasn’t on accident.

It was to accommodate for our weekly released Display Focus which includes your mini bubble to add to our free Door Display. Add a new bubble each week, to remind the children about all the new wellbeing skills they have learned.

As well as this, our Display Focus also includes a simple “lift the flap” display which shows the children the Humpback Whale, the theme for the week and the children can meet Ruby the Diver, as she asks them “How can grief make people feel?”.

An old favourite of our Wellbeing resources is back

Our Colouring Tiles for EYFS/KS1 and KS2 are back and offering the children a simple colouring activity of the Humpback Whale. Over the 12 weeks, the tiles can be joined together to create one large under the sea image.

As ever we have been blown away by how well the other Wellbeing weeks have been received and we’ve loved reading all of the feedback you had.

We hope that you and your class will stick with us through our new Wellbeing Scheme and will enjoy diving into a new sea creature each week.

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