Heatherlands Primary School

Enjoying Learning Together

Emotional wellbeing

Life can be busy and stressful at the best of times, but we currently find ourselves in a turbulent world, trying to navigate each day as it comes. We understand that whatever your age, whether you are a child or an adult, we all need time to feel calm and peaceful for our own well-being, both physically, mentally and emotionally. 


Each week our pastoral care team at school, with some help from the children, will be your family 'go to' for activities, tips and valuable techniques to develop self-awareness, regulate our emotions, release anxiety and most importantly, have some fun. 


We hope you find these useful and enjoyable and would love to hear which exercises you are trying or any others that you may like to share. Please keep in touch! 

Breathing Activities

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Calming Tricks

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We have put together some of our favourite calming tricks. Why not try some of these at home yourselves to help you feel calm and relaxed?

Making Playdough

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Have a go at making your very own playdough. Mrs Sheldon and her daughter have put together a video clip to show you how to make it at home.

Activities you can do with your Playdough


  • Fantastic stress-reliever -Kneading, rolling, flattening and punching the play dough provide the chance to relieve stress and reduce feelings of anxiety and worry.


  • Develop hand strength - It can help to refine motor functions, develop hand strength and help to develop co-ordination. Why not try rolling and pinching it to create different shapes?


  • Support learning - It can be used to support learning such as shapes, colours, numbers, money and food. Encourage your child/ren to talk and explain what they are doing with the playdough to develop their speaking and listening. Why not challenge them to make a certain shape or pattern? Have a look online for playdough mats to give you even more ideas.

My Happy Mind

Have a look on 

There are online videos and podcasts that can offer support to help your child build self-esteem and resilience.

Home Challenge Activities

Mindful Colouring

Helpful Links


Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families


Key stages: Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2

Description: wellbeing advice for all those supporting children and young people.




Key stages: Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2

Description: advice on dealing with school closures and talking to children about COVID-19.


Children’s Commissioner


Key stages: Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2

Description: a downloadable guide for children about coronavirus.




Key stages: Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2

Description: an educational resource for all adults on children and young people’s mental health.

Registration: is required


The Child Bereavement Network


Key stages: Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2

Description: advice on supporting grieving children during the coronavirus outbreak.


Others Website

On my mind - 

Big White Wall - 

The Mix - 

Mind ( for young people section) - 

Childline - 


Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, 3-11


March 2020

Please read and share the giveaways with your parents/carers.

(We usually make our newsletters look much prettier than this but in order to send this out before schools close, we have kept it simple)


Firstly, from Jan Lever…

We are truly living in unprecedented times and all doing our best to stay well ourselves, keep our loved ones safe and well and be socially responsible and ‘do our bit’. This is when our resilience and empathy, compassion and patience come into their own and I hope, when the mindfulness and personal strength nurtured through Jigsaw will support children and adults alike.

It strikes me that the work we are doing through Jigsaw to help children become strong individuals with a sense of belonging and community, human beings with integrity and who care, young agents of change with social conscience, has never been so important as it is now.


Healthy Me

I am sure you have realised that there are many lessons in Healthy Me that will help you to prepare children to stay safe during the Covid-19 crisis. Almost all the lessons in this Puzzle are very relevant at this time. I invite you to dip into year groups’ materials other than the one you usually work in if those lessons will be helpful to your children.


Jigsaw learning at home

Understanding that schools will do their best to support children’s learning at home through the Covid-19 crisis, Jigsaw would like to help.

Whilst of course Jigsaw materials are copyrighted to maintain their integrity etc, we are happy for Jigsaw schools to share children’s Jigsaw learning activities from the lessons on their school websites for parents to share with children at home.

Please do NOT share or upload entire lesson plans as this would breach copyright and we ask you to PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL of our copyright and ONLY post Jigsaw learning activities for children on your secure sites, those areas that children or parents sign into (have permissioned access to) NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, on public-facing website pages, as this would be a serious breach of copyright WHICH OUR SYSTEMS WILL PICK UP and FOLLOW UP.

We hope this helps provide some valuable home-learning materials.


A Jigsaw gift…for families

Expecting that children and families are likely to be spending more time than usual together at home in the coming weeks, we would like to offer Jigsaw schools some of our Jigsaw Families Programme materials for free.

You are welcome to share these with your families with Jigsaw’s compliments. We hope they can download and share the stories (audio files) and the Calm Me times (audio files) from two of the sessions. These stories align with the Jigsaw PSHE Dreams and Goals and Healthy Me Puzzles and are suitable for children aged 5+.

Share the link:

Password: Home


In conclusion

As ever, I thank you for sharing my vision to empower children, to value and protect them and to give them the tools to be ‘good people’, perhaps especially in a world that is this unpredictable.

I hope your journey through the next few weeks and months is as safe and healthy as possible and look forward to continuing to work with you all.

With all good wishes,

Jan Lever