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Learning Mentor

Any parents, guardians or students who have concerns or questions, require advice or support for themselves or the children please contact Mrs Whitby directly using this email: learningmentor@brynoffa.shropshire.sch.uk

Mental Health and Well Being

14.5.20 Its Mental Health Awareness Week next week (18-24 May)

‘Mentally Healthy Schools’ have created a seven day of kindness calendar which is lovely for all ages. file:///C:/Users/Debra/Downloads/seven-days-of-kindness-calendar.pdf

They’ve also created ‘brain brakes’ which parents could use this resource to break up their online sessions. file:///C:/Users/Debra/Downloads/brain-breaks.pdf

The ‘conversation starters’ could help be really helpful for parents. file:///C:/Users/Debra/Downloads/conversation-starter-self-isolation.pdf

These ‘calming sounds’ from CBeebies are lovely  https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio/calming-sounds?collection=cbeebies-bedtime#playlist 

This video from Loudmouth education and training is great for older children (upper KS2). Its called 5 ways to wellbeing  https://vimeo.com/415406933 

FIND: Advice, support and help about FEELINGS

Feeling stressed, anxiety, fear, panic, depression, feeling lonely or the need to want to feel happier.

Government guidance about the coronavirus, (COVID-19)

What to do if you suspect the infection is in your household and other considerations about staying safe and healthy.

The Citizens Advice

Includes information and advice about finding out your employment and benefit rights.

The Samaritans

They are there day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure. There in moments of crisis and taking action to prevent the crisis. Listening and supporting people in times of need.

Childline You can talk to them about anything. No problem is too big or too small. https://www.childline.org.uk/ or call 0800 1111 or there is a 1-2-1 service online.

Positive Parenting and Child Behaviour

Advice and guidance.


For most of us, bereavement will be the most distressing experience we will ever face. Grief is what we feel when somebody we are close to dies. Everyone experiences grief differently and there is no ‘normal’ or ‘right’ way to grieve.  This web page will signpost FREE bereavement support services to adults and young people who have been affected by the death of someone close, pre-bereavement support to those who are expecting to lose a loved one through illness or perhaps you are looking for advice on how you can help someone you care about with their loss.

Links include:

Cruse Bereavement Care, Marie Curie: Care and support through terminal illness, Childhood Bereavement Network, Drugfam: Supporting families affected by the use of drugs or alcohol, WAY (widowed and young).

Further Links for help and support

Information Available:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information Parenting in crowded houses; When we get angry; Learning through play; Family harmony; Family Budgeting; Keeping children Safe On-Line; Talking About COVID-19; Keeping Calm and Managing Stress; Behaviour; Daily Structure; Keeping Positive and having One-To-One Time.

Mrs Whitby’s ‘Families Together Activities’

Information Available: Weekly updates of Mrs Whitby’s ‘Families Together’ activities.

ALL ‘Families Together’ activities can be enjoyed and earn awards anytime and day.

26.5.20 Mrs Whitby activities see next page for details of:

Big Ben started ticking for the first time 31st May 1859 Ian Flemming was born on the 28th May 1908 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest on the 29th May 1953


27.03.2020. Information about the Coronavirus for parents and talking about it with our children. There are also pages that deal with feelings, symptoms, behaviour and spending time together and can be found on the ‘Further Links for Help and Support’ page.