FLO Newsletter 4 - 8 February 2021
“You’re doing better than you think you are. I am proud of you, keep going, you’ve got this!!”
It has been another week of mostly positive news and things seem to be moving in the right direction still, which is great.
Infection rates continue to fall steadily and the news that over 12 million people have had their vaccination gives us hope that the end is in sight…! Boris Johnson has said that the earliest schools will reopen is 8th March and so we face a few more weeks of Home Learning, but just one more week until half-term which I am sure will be a welcome break for us all.
If, like me, you are wondering what you will do to keep your children occupied for the week and are getting fed up of doing the same walks, I have shared some ideas of outdoor activities to add a bit of variety and challenge to walks or to help entertain them in the garden.
If you click on the link it will take you to the woodland trust and there you can find more ideas of outdoor activities and details of how to download insect and bird sheets so that your children can have a go at bird spotting or bug hunting. You can also download sheets with different types of trees so that they can do a bit of tree spotting too!
A scavenger hunt is also a fun way to liven up family walks and you can even do it in your garden. You can keep it really simple and get them to look for things like animal footprints or different types of bark or leaves.
You could have a go at making bird feeders or get some twigs and leaves and make mini Bug Hotels.
Although the weather is a bit chilly at the moment, spending some time outdoors in nature is good for you. Being around nature can boost your mood and reduce stress and getting active is a great way to improve your family’s fitness too.
I mentioned “Children’s Mental Health Week” in my last newsletter, which ran from 1st-7th February and I am sure you will have seen and heard about it through social media and on the radio or television. It was great to see all the resources that were being shared and so much focus being placed on children’s mental wellbeing, however, the messages and support that were being shared were not only important last week, they continue to be important throughout this Lockdown. Many children are really struggling at the moment with feelings of isolation, anxiety and the pressures of home learning and they may not even understand what it is that they are feeling or why. There is still plenty of support out there and I have included below some more information about agencies to contact if you have any concerns.
If you are concerned about a young person’s mental health and are not sure what
extra help is needed you can call the Single Point of Access (SPA) ON 0300
1234496. The SPA is there to help you explore the difficulties and find the most
appropriate response. We are still #HereForYou.
Aged between 10-16 and need mental health support? Kooth is #HereForYou.
Please visit www.kooth.com to register for our supportive online community where
we have lots of guided support courses and resources for you.
Text ‘Kent’ to 85258 for in the moment help when life gets overwhelming and you need immediate support. No fee, no registration or data required - it is silent, free, confidential and anonymous. We are here for everyone, young people and adults, 24/7 - text any time, day or night, whenever you need mental health support.
I have included below another easy and basic recipe to have a go at with your children.
Remember that both Sharon and I are available to contact every day during the week if you need any help or support. I am in school on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Sharon is in school on a Tuesday or Thursday but we will still be working from home on the other days.
Alice 07889 349144 Sharon 07889 34914
EASY FAMILY MEALS
Potato & Frittata Recipe - Serves 2
pre-cooked potatoes- 300g
cheese, grated- 80g
Peel and boil the potatoes, then set aside to cool and slice
Finely chop the onions
Beat the eggs together
Heat a little oil in the pan then add the potatoes and fry until they begin to crisp, then add the onion and fry for a further 5 minutes
Pour over the eggs and mix together quickly
Lower the heat and sprinkle the cheese over the top
Once the mixture has started to set, put under the grill for 2-3 minutes to firm up and brown on top