Staying healthy 


Monday 22/2/21

Our Word of the Week is


Here's the Rainbow booklet for February

Click on the rainbow to have a look!

Monday 8/2/21

Our Word of the Week is


A*STARS have now updated their homepage to help promote road safety and sustainable travel information,

activities and fun ideas for parents and families.

Click on the image below to have a look.

Monday 1/2/21

Our Word of the Week is


More inspiring ideas from

click on the images below

for more information

Monday 25/1/21

Our Word of the Week is


Scroll through the images below to find out

what it is, why it's so important and

how you can start practising empathy!


Here's the latest Rainbow booklet, packed with activities for you to try at home

Click on the rainbow to get started!


Monday 18/1/21

Our Word of the Week is



Monday 11/1/21

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Monday 4/1/21

Happy New Year!

Our Word of the Week is



Monday 14/12/20

We are celebrating people who

know how to self-reflect

Some questions to help you


Monday 7/12/20

We are celebrating people who

know how to give and receive compliments

Pin on Funny Humor

Here are some ideas for complimenting others


Monday 30/11/20

We are celebrating people who

use kind words.


Monday 23/11/20

We are celebrating people who

know how to solve problems.

Click on the images below to find out how to be a good problem solver!


Monday 16/11/20

We are celebrating people who

know how to help if someone is being bullied.

Monday 16/11 to Friday 20/11 is Anti-Bullying Week

The theme is: United Against Bullying.

Click HERE to watch a short video from Anti-Bullying Alliance


Click on the Rainbow for another Rainbow Booklet


Monday 9/11/20

We are celebrating people who

include others when working or playing.

We are asking the children to perform Random Acts of Kindness this week

to celebrate World Kindness Day (Friday 13/11/20) - please ask your child how

they have shown kindness to anyone at school.

Friday is also Children in Need when we have a non-uniform day.

There will be collection buckets on the day for donations.

Thank You!!!

Croft Academy's Sponsored Walk!

We will be completing 2 of the 5 steps to feeling good - connecting with others and being active!

Hopefully the weather will be kind to us and the children will enjoy themselves!!


Tuesday 3/11/20

This week, we are celebrating people who

accept that everyone is different and unique

Look carefully at the lines on your fingertips.

There is no one else in the WORLD that has the same lines on their fingertips as you.

That makes you unique!

                                           We will be holding our Sponsored Walk after the half term holiday!

All children will be taking part, but each class will be walking at separate times.

There will be a competition for EYFS and KS1 to see which class can complete the most laps of the playground, while KS2 children will be wearing pedometers to count the number of steps taken!

There will be extra play or time on the bouncy castle for each winning class, and a prize for the child from each phase who raises the most money.

Please support us by sponsoring your child.

All money raised will go towards the cost of our Christmas Pantomime.

Thank You!


Monday 19/10/20

Our Word of the Week is GRATITUDE!

Being grateful (or thankful) means that we

appreciate things we have in our life,

including the people we have around us.

We will be thinking about how we show others

that we are thankful.


Monday 12/10/20

Our Word of the Week is SUPPORT!

We feel supported when someone shows us

empathy, concern and compassion (kindness).

We are asking the children to think about what they could do

if they feel worried about anything and need support, and also

how we can support each other!


Monday 5/10/20

Our Word of the Week is OPTIMISM!

Being optimistic means that we expect that things will turn out well.

We are also thinking about how to have positive (or happy!) thoughts.

Included in today's assembly are 10 ideas for staying positive throughout the day.



Here are some more great ideas from change 4 life!

Click on an image below to visit their website



Monday 28/9/20

Our Word of the Week is CONNECTION!

An emotional connection is a bond between two or more people.

We also call it friendship!

In today's assembly, the children will be thinking about what makes a good friend.

Ask them if they can remember any of the 'ingredients' from the Good Friend recipe!


Another Rainbow booklet!




Monday 21/9/20

Our Word of the Week is BELONGING!

When we feel we belong, we feel part of the group.

We feel excluded and left out if we do not feel we belong.

This week the children will be learning about out to help others feel included, and what to do if they feel left out and lonely.


Monday 14/9/20

Our Word of the Week is SAFETY!

Feeling safe means you feel free from harm or hurt, either emotionally or physically.

The children will be learning how to keep themselves, and others, safe.

Click on the picture for information from A*Stars about staying safe while travelling to school.


Monday 7/9/20

Our Word of the Week is WELCOME!

If someone is welcome, you are pleased to see them.

All children at Croft are welcomed into school every day.

During the week, the children will be thinking about how to make others feel welcome too!

Welcome to a new school year at Croft Academy!!!


Monday 10/8/20

Here is the second edition for the summer holidays

 of the Black Country Rainbow Book

Hope you find some fun things to do!


Monday 20/7/20

Here is a link to the Black Country Rainbow Book

This is the first edition for the summer (there will be two more to follow)

It is full of ideas to stay active over the holidays

On page 20, it tells you about a competition to create a mascot for the 2022 Commonwealth Games!

Why not have a go?  Wouldn't it be great if the winner came from Croft Academy!!

Monday 6/7/20

Click on the image below to go to A*Stars leaflet about coming back to school safely in September

Here is a Jigsaw Calm Me Time for you to try at home

You will need a family member to do this with you

Click on the image to get started

Thursday 18/6/20

EYFS' butterflies have appeared - they have already flown away!!


Here are some butterfly crafts for you to try


Wednesday 10/6/20

Today we are going to think about how we can encourage ourselves!

Draw an "I Can" jar and fill it with as many I can . . . statements as possible.

Some ideas to get you started!

I can stay healthy.

I can help others.

I can feel good about myself.





Tuesday 9/6/20

Encouragement - helping to make people feel good about themselves.

If you need some ideas about how to encourage others, click on the pictures below.


You will definitely be filling someone's bucket if you do any of these!


Monday 8/6/20

Today we are going to think about encouragement - something we all need!

The definition is: the action of giving someone support, confidence, or hope.

Try finishing these sentences -

“I need encouragement when . . .”

“I feel encouraged when . . . “

"I can encourage someone by . . ."

Click on the doughnuts (donut in America!) to find words of encouragement.

Maybe you could make your own doughnut (from paper or card) for someone in your family?

Don't forget to write some words of encouragement on the back!!


Friday 5/6/20

Exciting news from EYFS!!

As you know, they have been watching caterpillars grow!

Click on the images below to see what's been happening . . .

Here are some caterpillar craft ideas for you to try


Monday 1/6/20

Continuing our butterfly theme, here's some yoga that will take you from being an egg to a beautiful butterfly!!

Click on the caterpillar


Friday 22/5/20

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.


Thursday 21/5/20

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.


Wednesday 20/5/20

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!


Tuesday 19/5/20

Let's learn something new today!



Have a go at making

this bookmark.

Here's one made

from newspaper.


But if you're really creative,

perhaps you could make

one of these . . .

Or one of these . . .



Monday 18/5/20

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.

Happy meditating!!


Friday 15/5/20

Here's this week's challenge from Streetly Academy called Throw and Catch.

The challenge from them is this:
Using a ball or a pair of rolled up socks, simply throw the ball above your head and catch it! 
How many times can you successfully do this in 30 seconds?
Set out a space 5 large steps apart, how many laps can you do whilst throwing the ball in the air?
Good Luck!!


Thursday 14/5/20

Calm Me Time

Slow your breathing by using the Lazy 8 method.

Use the 5 minute timer by clicking on the chime.

Wednesday 13/5/20

Another activity from A*STARS.

Click on the picture to find a Daily Exercise Diary.



Tuesday 12/5/20

Click on the picture to find out how Mindfulness can improve awareness and attention.  

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!

Monday 11/5/20

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.

Thursday 7/5/20

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!


          Wednesday 6/5/20            

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?





Brave Forgiving Leadership




Generous Hard-working Honest




Self-control Fair Curious



Tuesday 5/5/20

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!


Monday 4/5/20

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):



Garden Sparrow

Wood Pigeon

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!!


Friday 1/5/20

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!


Thursday 30/4/20

Let's try some Calm Me time.

Click on the chime to be taken to a meditation bell.

The bell will ring again after 5 minutes.

To help you to stay focused, here are a few Calm Me time questions from our assemblies.


What are your goals and dreams for the future?

What talents or strengths do you have?

What makes you special?



Wednesday 29/4/20

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!


Tuesday 28/4/20

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!!


Monday 27/4/20

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.


Friday 24/4/20

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!


Thursday 23/4/20

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!                                


Wednesday 22/4/20

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!


Tuesday 21/4/20

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!


Thursday 19/3/20

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