Wellbeing Challenge 2021
Welcome to our Wellbeing Challenge 2021!
We have adapted our Wellbeing Challenge again this year, reverting back to a school-based activity.
If you’re a parent or carer who signed up last year to complete the activities at home with your children, you’re very welcome to sign up for this year’s challenge, although it is designed to be run in school.
We would recommend this pack is used for children between the ages of 7 and 13 but it can easily be adapted for those younger or older.
We understand that schools have been under a lot of pressure this year so we’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for you to take part.
The pack will be available from Tuesday 18 May.
Your pack this year includes:
- A dedicated lesson plan that can be done in one lesson or extended to cover a whole day, depending on your timescales (see below for more information).
- Activity ideas for the children to complete in school.
- Activity ideas for the children to complete at home with their families over half term.
- Details of how to enter our competition to win prizes for your school and the children.
The challenge is again all based around the Five Ways to Wellbeing and actively encouraging the children to think about how they can improve their mental wellbeing in a fun and interactive way.
The challenge is being launched on Tuesday 18 May and runs until Friday 25 June. You can take part at any time during this period.
If you are not already on our mailing list - please register your interest in the challenge via the link below.
We will send out an email to sign up on 18 May and once you have completed this form you will automatically be sent your digital pack by email with all the information you will need to complete the challenge.
Prizes to be won!
We have two different prize categories this year - one for schools and one for individual children.
For schools – the chance to win one of five wellbeing libraries for your school which includes 10-15 books about helping young people with their mental wellbeing.
For children – each school will have the opportunity to nominate one of their students who have taken part in the challenge at home and have shown a great understanding of the five ways to wellbeing. We will pick 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners from these nominations and every other child nominated will receive a runner up prize.
When can I get hold of the pack?
An email will be sent on Tuesday 18 May with a sign up form. Once completed, you will automatically get sent your pack by email.
What are the Five Ways to Wellbeing?
Research shows that the Five Ways to Wellbeing can really boost our mental wellbeing as well as eating healthily and sleeping well. They are:
Connect - ‘connect’ with people you know: family, friends and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships but remember to keep to the Government guidelines on social distancing.
Be Active - take a walk, jog or cycle or find another activity that you enjoy while also keeping to the Government guidelines on social distancing.
Keep learning - learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and increased confidence.
Give to others - even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank-you or a kind word.
Take notice - be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you.
You can read more about the Five Ways on the NHS website here.
Can you tell me more information about the lesson plan?
The lesson plan is about putting the FUN into the Five Ways to Wellbeing. We are encouraging children and young people to become scientists and explore HOW and WHY the 'Five Ways' work. We believe that actively engaging with each of the 5 Ways will give children and young people the opportunity to analyse the meaning, effectiveness and helpfulness of each approach. We believe that active participation (which includes the opportunity for children and young people to critically dismiss approaches) leads to positive adaptation in meaningful and lasting ways.
We also include suggestions for each of the Five Ways for you to complete with the children or they can think up their own.
I am a parent, can my child take part at home like last year?
Although we adapted the wellbeing challenge last year due to schools being shut, historically our wellbeing challenge has always taken place in schools and youth settings. This year, we are returning the format to focus on the schools teaching the children about the five ways, but we have made some suggestions of activities that can take place at home over half term. Please be aware that the competition element of the challenge must go through the school so we are unable to give individual prizes to those taking part in the challenge separately.
We would still love to hear from you if you are taking part though so please tag us on social media using the hashtag #wellbeingchallenge21 or email some photos.
I work at an international school, can we still take part?
We would love for you to still take part, we would just ask that you make a contribution towards the postage costs if you were to win one of the prizes.
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