A warm welcome to our Hotspur Thrive page
This page will be updated weekly with ways you can stay connected and embrace the Thrive Approach at home. Some of the activities and resources are from other sources, but all embody the warm-hearted, accepting and relational principles of how we use Thrive at Hotspur.
Activities from the previous closure period in 2020 can all be found underneath. These are still useful ideas to help all of our families as we find ourselves learning away from school. When we are in school and all our children are taking part in Thrive activities, repetition of positive relational experiences is the key to success, so if you tried an idea last time and enjoyed it - enjoy it together again.
Mrs Leanne Pearson
Friday 5th February DRESS TO EXPRESS DRESS TO EXPRESS DRESS TO EXPRESS
Wherever you are today - learning at school or learning from home, join in and accessorise your outfit to express yourself.
You may want to create and make something to wear instead.
Could you wear...
A hat that shows off your style?
A piece of jewelry that says 'this is me!'
A bow tie that makes you feel good?
Some funky socks to show the real you?
Shoes that make your feet want to dance?
A colour that reflects how you are feeling today?
Use your imagination, express yourself and have fun!
Look at the poem below. One of the grown ups at Hotspur likes to express themselves in writing. If you read carefully, you can find out who the poet is.
Thursday 4th February watch and feel emotions sing or clap to a favourite song
Watch the video below and notice how the music changes.
Notice to grown ups – there is a toy that gets broken during this video which some children may find upsetting (around 2m30s.) The toy is fixed again shortly afterwards. Consider listening rather than watching if you think this would work best for your child.
Did you notice how music can change how we feel?
Research shows people feel more positive after singing along to music.
Have a go at singing along with our weekly singing assembly today or try learning the words and singing, clapping or dancing along to this song:
If you have a favourite song to express yourself to – share it with your class teacher on Showbie or tapestry and enjoy it!
Below is a guide produced by THRIVE to explain big feelings with lots of suggested activities parents and carers can do at home to support children to express their emotions. This fits in so well with the children's mental health week theme of 'Express Yourself'. I hope you enjoy reading them. I wonder if you notice you are already doing some of them? Appreciate all the things you do well and try out some new ideas.
Please look further below for our art based activity for children to express themselves today.
Wednesday 3rd February WATCH - video DO - draw your feelings
Watch the video below then have a go at drawing your feelings – this is a great way to express what is going on inside your body and to help you notice when your body is telling your brain how you are feeling. Share your pictures with your teachers.
If you enjoyed creating environmental art for Arts Lab this week, why not create your body sensations from natural materials you find if you go out for a walk.
Tuesday 2nd February Family time - silly mimes WATCH - video DO - silly walks
Today’s activities explore how we can communicate with each other and express ourselves without words.
Family Time Game - Choose any adverb from list 1 and any action from list 2 then everybody mimes the action. Have fun!
When you are playing confidently, could you choose 2 words in secret then mime the actions? Can your family guess?
List 1 List 2
joyfully ride a bike
angrily get dressed
slowly watch TV
happily brush your teeth
carefully play football
Watch our silly walk video below then have a go at your own silly walk
You could do a silly walk at home or even as you head out for a walk for your daily exercise.
Notice how you feel on the inside once you have expressed yourself through movement. You might feel fast, bouncy, slow, bubbly, floating, tingling, pounding, light, heavy, stuck or you may feel nothing at all.
Whatever you feel is ok but take time to notice what your body is telling you and what this might mean. Is your feeling happy, sad, angry or scared? You may have another word you would like to use to describe it. Tell someone in your family what your word is or tell your teacher on Showbie.
I think your teacher might smile if you send them a video of your very own silly walk - give it a go and see.
Monday 1st February READ - why is self - expression important? WATCH - assembly DO - express through sharing and listening
Self-expression is about communicating your individuality. This can be through words, clothing and hairstyle, or through art forms such as writing, drawing, music and dance.
Self-expression can help you to showcase your true self – your story, your thoughts, feelings and emotions.
We sometimes get told by our family, friends, school, communities and through social media how we ‘should’ look, think, speak, and act. These constant messages about what we ought to do, and who we ought to be, can make it difficult to let go of expectations and express our true selves.
Self-expression is a great way to let go of worries and free your mind. It can help you to reflect on your life, actions, decisions, relationships, beliefs and thoughts – rather than keeping them buried deep down inside.
Every day this week, come and check out a new way to express yourself. At the end of the week we would love to see a photograph of you expressing yourself through your clothing, hairstyle or in another way that you have imagined.
Right now, we can’t all be together at school so let’s connect together on Showbie, Tapestry and Facebook and take part in Children’s Mental Health Week – each of us is amazing and special just for being who we are!
Watch: Children's Mental Health Virtual Assembly
DO: EXPRESS THROUGH TALKING AND LISTENING
At a time that works for you today (mealtimes are a time that works for my family) use the following prompt questions and take turns to share likes and dislikes. When one person is sharing, everyone else listens carefully.
Next, all imagine you got stuck on an island for one day. Take turns to answer the following questions:
Playing 'Would you Rather?' Is also great for expressing your own thoughts and feelings - give it a go. Can you come up with your own ideas for questions? You could ask your friends on class discussion.
Activities for Children and their Grown Ups
- January 2021
Weekly Thrive Activities
Here are some activities for families to stay connected. There are ideas for Key Stage 2 children and for Early Years/Key Stage 1. If you download the documents you can access links to online videos and web pages to support some of the activities.
Easter Week 2
Easter may feel very different this year while we are all keeping safe at home with our families. All the teachers at Hotspur are thinking of you all and wish you a Happy Easter. Watch movies and play games and try our some of the activities below to have fun together.
Looking for an Easter egg hunt alternative? Try the Thrive colour hunt!
Explore your home, yard or garden to see how many of the Thrive colours you can find, then use the boxes to draw, glue or write what you discover.
Easter Week 1
Time to Breathe with Mrs Pearson
A very important element of the Thrive Approach is using the breath to regulate and calm both brain and body. Here are some ideas for different breathing techniques that both adults and children may find useful in times of dysregulation.
Bunny breaths are great to help you focus and calm. I find bunny breaths really helpful if there have been tears that are ready to stop but keep coming back. Bunny ears are optional!
Lion breaths are a favourite with the children at Hotspur. Lion’s Breath not only stretches the muscles in your face, but it also relieves tension and tightness while improving circulation. It’s an energetic and awakening breath that will also help to ease the mind and often creates giggling afterwards. We sometimes call it the 'cheery lion' as it really helps to cheer you up.
Bumblebee breath is great for when you are feeling cross and maybe like there is a volcano inside your tummy, you might be hot and perhaps your heart is racing as fast as lightening. Give this breath a go!
Top fact: It involves an extended exhale which is especially effective at calming the parasympathetic nervous system. Just what you need if you are feeling angry or frustrated.
Rainbow breath is another brilliant breath to help you feel calm. We use this one often in school. Have a go at following along with the video.
In this fun video short ROBert explains Coronavirus. This may be useful for parents and carers who would like guidance on how to talk about the virus in a child friendly way. You may even be inspired to make your own lego or playmobil video after watching it - this can be a great way of expressing any fears, worries or anger at how everyday life has changed.
The Stay Home Superheroes
A useful therapeutic story to share with children to explore school closures and staying inside.
A few little reminders for our Parents and Carers
- Thrive have created a Facebook page ' The Thrive Approach - supporting the community to weather the storm' Take a look as people from all over the world are posting useful activities each day.
A free 'Stay Calm' pack is available to download from Relax Kids.
There are lots of way to feel calmer. It's about finding what works for you. Try some of the breathing exercises, activities, games and videos to help let go of worries.
How mindfulness can help support children and families.
- Ideas for self care - aimed at children but would help to calm and regulate their grown-ups too.