This continues to be a very unusual time for us all, especially entering into country-wide lockdown for the second time. We have probably all experienced a whole array of feelings at different times – sometimes you might be excited and happy to be off school, sometimes you might be missing your friends, and sometimes you might feel a bit worried or anxious. All of these feelings are perfectly normal and it is ok to be feeling them.
This part of the website is designed to give you some ideas on activities you could do to help you understand these feelings or to help you to regain control of them if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed. This selection of stories from a wealth of well-known authors and illustrators is a great place to start as a place of hope.
A story from ELSA all about coming back to school after this pandemic.
A fictional book developed by and for children aims to help families understand and cope with COVID-19.
Something to look forward to when our world opens up: https://www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo/virtual-london-zoo
Express Yourself - Children's Mental Health Week
This is a great pack, put together by ‘Priority 1-54’ who are a group of young people working with the Mental Health Support Teams (MHST). Included are a few activities to get you thinking about how you can look after your mental health and wellbeing during lockdown. For example, Five Ways to Wellbeing, What Makes Me, Me, My One Day in Lockdown diary and 10 original pieces of graffiti artwork.
Stormbreak has a variety of different challenges, videos, and advice to support children and young people’s mental health. Their interactive website allows children and young people to choose what they want to work on. Click here to go directly to their website.
Charlie Waller Wellbeing challenge for primary school age children, adapted for home learning – https://charliewaller.org/resources/wellbeing-challenge-activity-pack-primary
Books and Stories
The Book of Hopes
This extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson.
The collection, published by Bloomsbury, is dedicated to the doctors, nurses, carers, porters, cleaners and everyone working in hospitals.
This is a useful story explaining about the vaccine, what it will mean in time for us all and why children won’t be vaccinated – Vaccine-story
Book of Hopes
This extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson. Click here to be taken to the online book resource.
Rain before Rainbows story
The Colour Monster – By Anna Llenas