Wellbeing

Dear Parents,

Firstly, I would like to thank all of the parents who attended our wellbeing presentations. We feel really proud of what we are doing at Burford in relation to wellbeing and to be able to share that with you is very important to us. Working in partnership with parents is crucial, particularly with something as personal as wellbeing. We hope that you found the presentations useful and informative. We would welcome any feedback you have on the sessions as this will help us to plan for any future workshops. Thank you to those who have already been in touch with your feedback.

If you were unable to make the presentations, I attach the slides for your information and please do pop in for a chat if you would like to discuss anything featured on these slides.

In the media this week I saw that The Duchess of Cambridge unveiled her garden for ‘RHS Chelsea Flower Show’ and as a big advocate for children’s mental health, she made sure to feature that within her discussions on the thinking behind her garden.

“There are many sensory elements to help children to learn. Active play in the fresh air is important for a child’s development and getting back to nature has been shown to be good for developing creativity, increasing physical activity and reducing stress.”

The Duchess recalls a fact that she recently learnt where ‘90% of our adult brains are developed before the age of 5’. She talks of how important those early, play-based experiences are for children and the importance of getting outdoors, connecting with friends and family and playing! All of these elements feature within our Burford Body as we believe they are so important for children (and adults!) mental health and wellbeing. 

Read more on her thoughts behind the design as well as some activity guides she has designed in partnership with The Royal Horticultural Society which you may like to try over the half-term break:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show/news/2019/duchess-designs-rhs-garden

https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/Resources/Info-Sheet/Back-to-Nature-Activity-Cards

I hope that the weather will be kind next week and that you and your children have a great break!

Best wishes,

Miss Barnes