Wellbeing and literacy: Hope

Added 27 Aug 2020
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We've partnered with Place2Be and Bloomsbury to create resources that focus on hope and community. These resources are specially designed to help you support wellbeing and literacy as children come back to school in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our research shows that reading for pleasure improves mental wellbeing, with more than half (59%) of children saying reading in lockdown made them feel better and half (50%) saying it inspired them to dream about the future. Read the full report here.

The resources have been built around Place2Be's four 'themes to support community recovery', and have been reviewed by the clinical psychology team at Place2Be to ensure that they support and promote mental wellbeing for children.

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We have linked each activity to a story, illustration or poem from The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children, published by Bloomsbury, which is available for free on the Literacy Trust website.

The resources are also connected to Levers 1, 2 and 5 of the Recovery Curriculum (Barry Carpenter, 2020) to help schools to support the return of your children, giving them space and time to readjust, find their voices, and settle in to the school environment after a prolonged absence.

The resources include

  • PowerPoint presentations that you can use in class and that introduce ideas around hope and acknowledgement of our different experiences of lockdown
  • Teacher guidance, including question prompts and activities to build a sense of belonging
  • Differentiated materials for Key Stages 1 and 2.

Place2Be has launched a free online mental health training course for teachers providing them with skills and knowledge to support positive mental health in their school communities. Find out more and sign up.