Information for Families: 7.5.21

COVID Update

The news continues to be positive with regard to COVID. The current infection rate in Lewisham 14.1 compared to 21.9 across London and 23.4 across England. The R rate is estimated at between 0.8 – 1.1. Thank you to everyone for working with us to keep Myatt Garden safe and open. Please be assured staff are continuing to take lateral flow tests twice a week as an additional precaution.

Parents’ Meetings

You will be shortly receiving information about an opportunity for you to meet with class teachers to discuss your child’s learning. It has been important to get all of the children back in school and allow them time to settle, but we are now in a position to provide you with relevant, up-to-date information.  These meetings will be virtual and will take a similar format to those in the autumn term. Please tick as many boxes as you can when choosing your slot so that we can do our very best to accommodate all families.

 Summer holiday play-scheme

Once again, substantial works will be being carried out at Myatt during the summer holidays. This will involve the nursery, KS1 and KS2 building. This means that the site will be handed over to the building contractors and therefore sadly there will be no play-scheme at the school this summer.  Lewisham are currently putting together a comprehensive programme across the borough, which includes being able to offer all pupil premium children that would like a place the opportunity to attend. As we receive more information we will ensure we keep you informed.

 The Big Change

A huge well done to all of the children who made an entry to TfL’s The Big Change competition. Ms O’Brien was delighted with such a variety of entries including posters, animation and 3D models. Every entry depicted how changing our mode of transport from cars and buses to cycling, walking or scooting can have a huge impact on the air quality in and around our local area. Well done everybody. Golden Tickets will be awarded to all pupils who entered.

Walk to School Week

We will be taking part in Walk to School Week (17-21 May). This nationwide event is organised by walking charity Living Streets and designed to help pupils experience first-hand the importance of walking to school. Children will be well on their way to reaching their recommended 60 minutes minimum of physical activity per day before even reaching the school gates! Not only will it set them up for a positive day in the classroom, but it will also help create healthy habits for life.

The theme of this year’s event is ‘Walking Superpowers’ and through the week, pupils will be introduced to five different Walking Superpowers who will teach them all about these benefits and reinforce the power of walking, superhero style! Each pupil will be challenged to travel sustainably (walk, wheel, scoot, cycle or Park and Stride) to school every day for one week using wallchart and stickers to log their journeys. Each class will work collectively to make as many active journeys to school as possible across the week. Individual activity diaries, daily stickers and end of week pupil rewards will complement this activity, reinforcing the benefits and keeping children engaged.  What do we want you to do as a parent/carer? We are asking every family to try to travel actively to school on w/c 17 May, helping our school reduce congestion and pollution around the school gates. In return, your child will earn special stickers and a badge!. Walking, wheeling, scooting and cycling all count! If you live far away from school and need to drive or take public transport, try parking the car or hopping off the bus/train ten minutes away and walking the rest of the journey.  We’re well on our way, but it would be great to get to 100%!!!

 Mental Health Awareness Week

Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week and we will be using it to focus on ‘7 days of Kindness’. We will be encouraging Myatt Garden to improve everyone’s mental health by spreading a little kindness and encouraging pupils to do two acts of kindness each day – one for someone else and one for themselves. We aim to help children feel good, improve relationships, make us all happy and bond our community, class or family together.

You may want to develop this further at home …. we’d love to hear about it.

If you would like more information Mental Health Awareness Week you can go to: https://mentalhealth-uk.org/get-involved/mental-health-awareness-days/mental-health-awareness-week/  This year’s theme is ‘Nature’. Recent National Trust research found a link between feeling connected to nature and having improved wellbeing. Some simple ideas you may want to try:

  • Cloud watching is a fun activity for younger children and can provide a moment for mindfulness anywhere. It is also a simple way to get children out and about in nature, which has significant links to good mental health and wellbeing.  Suggested ideas can be found here: Cloud-Watching
  • Make mud pies. Early exposure to dirt/germs helps to build up a more robust immune system. ‘Friendly bacteria’ or probiotics present in the soil, can naturally increase the levels of serotonin in the brain resulting in a similar effect to prescription antidepressants. Getting your hands dirty can make you happier as well as healthier!
  • Hug a tree. Scientific data shows that trees can improve the symptoms of many health issues, including mental illness, ADHD, depression and concentration levels. The act of hugging itself is believed to be beneficial as it can influence levels of ‘happiness’ hormones.
  • Barefoot walking. It is thought that walking barefoot on the Earth enhances health and provides feelings of well-being. This practice occurs in diverse cultures around the world. Walking barefoot on uneven ground helps to strengthen core muscles and supports balance development. Simply choose an appropriate spot, check the area is safe and encourage your learners to remove shoes and socks. Stand still on the grass, soil, sand, etc. and take a moment to check on how this feels.

 Anxiety

Understandably, we are seeing an increased number of children showing signs of anxiety. This looks different in different children from a pain in the tummy, to a reluctance to go to school, not sleeping or angry outbursts and is particularly hard for children to understand and verbalise what is happening to them and why.

We thought it may be helpful to resend some links that offer good advice about how to help your child if this is something you are dealing with at home:

Please remember, we are also here to offer support and advice. You can contact us at: admin@myattgarden.lewisham.sch.uk  or call on 020 8691 0611.

 

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