Over the last few weeks at Croft, we learnt about our physical and emotional health
This page will give you ideas of how to stay healthy!
If you try any of them, please record yourself and share on Class Dojo
Ask your teacher to post them on School Story
Over the next few weeks, look out for butterflies when you are in the park or in your garden.
How many different ones can you see?
Here is a poster of common butterflies to help you.
There's definitely been a Red Admiral in our garden.
Why not have a go at drawing your own butterfly? Click on the image to get started.
Continuing the theme of caterpillars and butterflies, here are 3 ways to practise mindful breathing like a butterfly!
Click on the picture to get started.
The children in EYFS are watching caterpillars grow!
This paper caterpillar is very easy to make, and actually moves if you blow it gently.
Why not make a few and challenge your family to a race!
Click on the picture to hear Miss Maiden's Caterpillar rhyme!
Let's learn something new today!
Have a go at making
Here's one made
But if you're really creative,
perhaps you could make
one of these . . .
Or one of these . . .
This guided meditation is called Happy Heart.
You can either read it to your family, or you can ask an older person to read it to you.
Remember, whoever reads it needs to take take it nice and slow and use a calm voice.
Click on the heart to get started.
Here's this week's challenge from Streetly Academy called Throw and Catch.
Calm Me Time
Slow your breathing by using the Lazy 8 method.
Use the 5 minute timer by clicking on the chime.
Another activity from A*STARS.
Click on the picture to find a Daily Exercise Diary.
Why not go for a swim in the ocean and check out how you are feeling today?
Click on the jelly fish to get started!
To help us to Take Notice of how we are feeling, let's watch three short video clips about Mojo.
When he is in a bad mood, he discovers a way of taking control to make himself feel better!
Click on the pictures below to watch the clips.
Another co-ordination challenge from Streetly Academy!
Are you going to try it at a run, or a slow and steady walk?
Have a go and let us know how you got on!
Today, we are going to think about how we are everyday heroes or heroines!
We all have strengths that we use everyday.
What strengths do you have? Click on the words below and choose your best two.
Also think about setting yourself a challenge .
Which strength could you improve on? How will you do it?
We gain enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it improves our flexibility, strength, coordination and body awareness.
In addition, our concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves.
Try these yoga poses for a few minutes.
Here is a 5 minute timer which also plays some relaxing music!
Take Notice challenge!
Listen to the birds singing for a few minutes.
You don't need to go outside, just open a window.
How many different birds can you hear? What kind of birds are they? (go to YouTube for bird songs)
Here are a few birds I heard in my garden (click on the pictures to hear them singing):
If you would like to look for different kinds of birds instead of listening, here is a poster to help you identify them.
To attract birds to your garden, you could make your own bird-feeder.
Here is Miss Maiden showing you how to make it!!
Finally, a picture of a bird who didn't quite make it to the garden, but landed on my neighbour's roof instead!!
Tai chi is often described as "meditation in motion" and can help maintain strength, flexibility and balance.
Those of you who join us for our weekly walk will recognise some of the moves from the cool down we do at the end!
Click on the picture and have a go!
Do you remember the 5 steps to feeling good?
They are: Connect, Keep Learning, Take Notice, Be Active, Give
Today we are going to think about giving.
Lots of children at Croft have learnt about Bucket Filling (there is a reminder below).
After you have read the story, have a go at filling someone's bucket!
Here's another physical exercise from Streetly Academy for you to try!
Rebound Catch doesn't use as much energy and space as the last one, but can be tricky as you need good co-ordination.
Don't forget to challenge your family - when we tried this at Croft it became very competitive!!
The A*STARS programme promotes health and wellbeing by providing road safety, health and sustainable travel education, training and awareness.
They will be coming to work with us at Croft Academy during the next school year.
Click on the picture to go to their website. You will find activity booklets and quizzes about staying safe.
Some of you will recognise this one!
This is a breathing exercise called Tummy Breathing.
Have a go and don't forget to teach your family too!
As part of our last assembly at school, we watched a short film called 5 Steps to Feeling Good.
The steps are: Connect, Keep Learning, Take Notice, Be Active, Give
So let's try and learn something new today - have a go at making this box from paper!
Here's one made one from newspaper - it's a bit flimsy but OK for paperclips!
We are very lucky to know Gav from St Peter's church, who sometimes comes to Croft to do wonderful assemblies.
He also comes every week with Pete to work with some of the children at Croft.
Gav, Pete and some friends are reading a book called The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis.
Click here to listen to Chapter 1
Listening to someone read a story out loud is very relaxing!
Lots of you have visited Streetly Academy for sporting events - rounders, netball, athletics, football, cricket.
Some of the pupils from Streetly demonstrate ZigZag Run, a great physical activity for you to try.
You will need some space and lots of energy!
Don't forget to challenge your family!
Singing is an excellent way to lift your spirits!
If you follow this link, you will find activities on the Jigsaw website
Why not teach your family the song?
Why is dancing good for you?
Dancing is a great way to raise your heart rate.
You can burn over 400 calories in an hour.
It makes your muscles work hard, which helps to maintain and improve strength.
It works on your concentration, coordination, balance and agility.
It’s a complete body and mind workout!
So have a go at The Waka Waka
Practicing mindfulness has been shown to improve attention and reduce stress as well as increase
one's ability to regulate emotions and feel compassion and empathy.
We tried From Mindless to Mindful yesterday in Year 5 and really enjoyed it!