Wellbeing and Literacy: resources inspired by the Book of Hopes

Added 27 Aug 2020
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We've partnered with Place2Be and Bloomsbury to create resources that are specially designed to help you support wellbeing and literacy as children settle back at 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.

These resources have been built around Place2Be's four themes to support community recovery:

  • Self-efficacy
  • Hope
  • Gratitude
  • Connectedness

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Additionally, the resources on the theme of hope have been fully reviewed by educational psychologists at Place2Be to ensure that they support and promote mental wellbeing in children.

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

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 include:

  • Differentiated materials for Key Stages 1 and 2
  • PowerPoint presentations to introduce each theme
  • Teacher guidance, including question prompts and class activities

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.