Pupil Well Being
Smithy Street School closed to the general school roll on Friday 20th March as part of the government's measures to tackle the Covid-19 virus. We did stay open for key workers children and some of our vulnerable children operating in small bubble groups. In June we widened our bubbles to allow Early Years Year One and Year Six to pupils to return.
We look forward to September when the whole school may return albeit as Stepney Park Primary School following our amalgamation with Redlands.
We realise the national school closures may cause difficulties for some families and increase levels of anxiety in some children. Our pastoral support team including Khaleda and Sabia have been ringing families to check on their wellbeing and provide advice where required. Our office is also sending out food shopping vouchers to those families eligible for free school meals.
Our teachers are working hard producing tailored daily learning activities for each year group which can be accessed via the links on the left or under the Closure Information tab.
Below are a range of internet links that can be used to support children with understanding the current situation and help manage any anxieites they may have.
This website includes information on what concerns a child might currently have, for example about the coronavirus, and some things to try to address these worries.
Children can sign up to Child line’s “locker” and track their daily mood in the mood journal. This might be a helpful way for children to balance their mood during a period of uncertainty. There is a toolbox of activities such as breathing exercises, coping videos, yoga videos and games that can help children feel calm in a period of disruption.
The Anna Freud Centre
A selection of self-care strategies that have been developed by young people to help manage their own wellbeing.
Helpful information to answer children questions about coronavirus
Ideas for talking to your child about the coronavirus
Support around the impact of coronavirus on wellbeing
Support understanding anxiety
Coronavirus support in a comic strip style