PUPILS from Dodford First School have taken part in activities for Mental Health Awareness Week, embracing five areas of wellbeing, alongside their message of ‘connecting to nature’.
The week started with an awareness day which included the children dressing in blue and colouring in blue tulips to put in their windows at home.
The youngsters also undertook nature walks, focusing on their five senses and completed a whole school ‘rainbow’ art project.
The children – as they currently do not play together and are still in bubbles – sent messages to each other.
They also donated food items from home and excess free fruit to the NewStarts foodbank and collected for the dogs and cats residing at Bromsgrove’s Blue Cross animal rehoming centre. Those projects were in response to giving and thinking of others also being really good for people’s mental health.
Mental health and wellbeing threads were woven into every aspect of the school’s curriculum and ethos, including weekly outdoor days and the Daily Mile where pupils walk, jog or run a mile each day.
Monthly Feel Good Fridays have been introduced – each with a theme which gives the children the chance to put forward ideas about what they would like to make and do.