We are extremely mindful of the wellbeing of not just our pupils, who we miss dearly, but of you the families, parents and carers also. If you are struggling to cope and feeling overwhelmed - you are not alone; you are important and it is ok to ask for help.
Below is a PDF file for 'Support in the City - Portsmouth' which lists a variety of places in which you could seek support during these surreal and unsettling times.
We have also provided 3 different Social Stories which may help to explain the scenario with your children.
Each week, we will be adding some additional ideas to our websites to support our pupils' physical, emotional and mental wellbeing as this is vitally important and we feel is a priority for our community.
Suggested Websites to Support Wellbeing:
Physical Wellbeing – Remember it is just as important to keep your child moving as it is to keep them thinking and reading. Do a little bit of physical exercise every day – our bodies need to be looked after as well as our brains!
https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/activities/indoor-activities - Change4Life have created some Disney-inspired indoor activities to help stay active
https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1 - Joe Wicks is streaming daily workout sessions on YouTube to help support physical activity at home
https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga - Yoga , mindfulness and relaxation videos for children
https://www.youtube.com/user/GoNoodleGames/featured - GoNoodle activities to keep children moving
https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers – videos that help learning while moving – suitable for children of all ages
https://www.youthsporttrust.org/ - regularly updated resources to support families who are at home
Mental and Emotional Wellbeing
https://mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus - strategies and advice for supporting mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak
https://mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/talking-to-children - how to talk to with your children about the pandemic
https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/ - support for mental wellbeing, anxiety, sleep, stress and low mood
https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/category/free-resources/ - a bank of free resources to support children’s emotional wellbeing during this time
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-how-to-help-safely--2/coronavirus-how-to-help-safely - if you feel that you are in a position to help others, this is the Government’s advice on how to do this safely.