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Preparing Your Child for Secondary School

To help with your child's move to secondary school, please find below various links to videos, activities and information that can help support both parents and children.

Activities combined with a short video for use both at school and at home
 
 
A film of Year 6's talking about their thoughts about Secondary School
 
 
 

Activity pack you can do with your family
 
 
Video of transition worries and uncertainties
 
 
 

 

Here is a new toolkit to support both children and parents starting or leaving primary school.
 
 
 
 

Playing a game or doing a puzzle can help us when we feel overburdened by what's going on around us.

Here's a link to a website with a few games that might help take your minds of things for a little bit.

 
 
 

Here is a collection of resources for families and children.

There are links to websites, activities and contact numbers for helplines.

A lot of us might be struggling during this lockdown, but it's important to know that we are not alone, there is always help out there.

 
 

Here is a link to the Kent Resilience Hub.

These short videos are a must watch for any parent in Kent to learn about how to support their child to be resilient and how to be a resilient parent themselves.

 
 
 

Calming Background Music

 

Daily Wellbeing Activities

What Was Great?

I want you to think about all the different things you have done this week.

Snow allows us to do things and play games that we cannot usually do, such as sledding, snowball fights and making snow angels.

Think about the great moments you had this week and either write them down, or draw a picture that shows all of those moments.

Some might be described more or drawn bigger than others.

At the end of the activity, you will have something that will remind you of all the fun you had in the snow!

Here is a link to different games and activities you can do in the snow.

Some of these you might not have heard of, such as snow bowling or snow painting!

 
 

60 Second Guided Meditation

Today's meditation takes us to a quiet cave.

 

Colour Breathing

The first thing you need to do is choose a negative colour, a colour you might associate with worry or fear.

Next choose a positive colour, this might represent feeling relaxed and calm.

Make sure you are nice and comfortable. You can close your eyes if you like.

Now imagine your body is filled with the negative colour.

Remembering the deep belly breathing in previous exercises. Take a deep breath in all the way down to your stomach, imagining you are breathing in the positive colour.

When you breathe out, some of the negative colour, your worry, is leaving your body.

Every time you breathe in, you are breathing in the calm positive colour.

Slowly your body is being filled up with the calming colour and the negative worry colour is leaving your body, more and more.

Below is a link for a video to help guide you through this exercise.

 
 
 

Comic Book Worries

Think about something that might be worrying you at the moment.

Now, make a comic strip in which you overcome those worries.

How did you do it?

 

My Goal

Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn?
Is there something you would like to get better at?

This activity helps us think of the steps we need to take in order to achieve a goal.

Draw a big ladder. 
At the top of the ladder is where you are going to write/draw your goal.

Then in each space leading up to your goal, think of the steps you need to take in order to achieve it. These steps should be written/drawn in the spaces.

 

Tell a Joke

Laughter is a great way to feel better. It helps when we are feeling worried or sad. 

I want to set you a challenge to make someone laugh. You might find a joke to tell them, or a funny video to watch.

My joke to you is:

Why don't eggs tell jokes?

They'd crack each other up!

60 Second Guided Meditation

Today's meditation is about feeling safe.

It's another chance to clear your mind and practise those deep breathing techniques.

 
 

Mindfulness Texture Bag

This is a guessing game that engages children's attention and curiosity and you can change the items each time you play. The focus of the game is using our sense of touch to try and guess what is in the bag.

Place a collection of small, objects of various textures into a bag (a toy car, fluffy toy, piece of dry pasta, a stone etc). Have each child reach into the bag and feel something without taking it out of the bag. Have them describe it and then try and guess what it is.

 
 
 
 

Today's activity is a Personal Fortune Teller. This is a great way for children to think about their personal qualities, positive traits and their own goals.

You can use the picture above for ideas of what to write in yours. Also, you may want to personalise it even more for your child and together you may think of some great ideas to write/draw in yours.

The fortune teller is split into four areas; Caring, Calm, Proud and Powerful. For each one you should think of two ideas to write/draw.

I have included a link to a youtube video below that shows you the steps to fold your own fortune teller.

 

Sword and Shield activity

This activity reminds us what can help when we feel under attack by our worries and fears.

The first part of the activity is to draw a sword. Now, make sure the sword is big because you are going to be writing and drawing inside of it.
Inside the sword you should write or draw your worries.

Now it's time for the shield. Again, draw a nice, big shield. Inside of this shield you should write or draw things that help you when you feel worried. They might be people you can talk to, activities that help you feel calm or positive affirmations about yourself.

This exercise helps us see the things in life that make us feel worried or anxious, and how we can 'defend' ourselves from letting these feelings take control.

 

Belly Breathing with a Soft Toy

Belly breathing is a technique that helps us relax and feel calm. Just a few minutes each day can help reduce anxiety and re-energise you for the day.

A great way to practise belly breathing is if you go and find a soft toy.
With your soft toy lay down on the ground and place your toy on your tummy.
Slowly breathe in and imagine it travelling down through your chest and filling up your belly.
Hold it for a second or two, and then slowy breathe out.
This is where your soft toy can help show you if you are doing it correctly. When you breathe in your soft toy should be slowly rising, and every time you breathe out it should slowly go back down.

Do this five or six times to start with. You can then repeat this activity throughout the day as needed.