Social, Emotional & Mental Health (SEMH)

At St Joseph’s, we believe that the social, emotional mental health of all of our pupils is of the utmost importance and is central to all that we do. We want all of our children to be resilient and mentally healthy so that they are happy and content and can succeed and reach their full potential. We recognise that all our children need a solid foundation of positive mental health to benefit fully from all of the opportunities available to them.

Returning to Primary School in September

The government have released this useful information for parents to support in all pupils’ return to primary schools. Please click on the image below to access the full PDF document. We hope you find this useful.

Learning at Home

We are all living through unprecedented times at the moment and we know that this is affecting all of us in very different ways. We are aware that there are many worries, concerns, questions, deep thoughts and intense feelings and whilst we cannot provide the answers we would like to signpost you to some resources that may support you. We hope that these may help to start valuable conversations with your children and may provide useful resources and tools to help with their well-being at a time of concern.

Directory of Organisations & Resources for Wellbeing and SEMH

Top Tips to support your child

Click here to read a letter from Miss Milivojevic

W/C 18th May – PSHE Themed Week & Mental Health Awareness Week: #KindnessMatters


Resources for Children

Each class home learning page contains an amazing range of activities and learning experiences, linked to their year group topics. Talking, reading and creativity is at the heart of learning and learning at home has provided the freedom and choice to follow your child’s interests. The links below offer you a menu of suggestions of how to further take advantage of this unique opportunity in your child’s life. They include a broad range of fun and interesting activities and include how to deal with situations they find stressful, how to regulate their feelings and build resilience.

100 Fun Indoor Activities Y1-6 Fun Indoor Activities for Foundation Stage

Open up these links to a collection of exciting activities including arts, crafts, puzzles, experiments, cooking and games. Please remember to click on the activity that you fancy to take you directly to the resource page/instructions that you need.

100 Fun Indoor Activities Checklist – PRINTABLE Use this printable checklist to tick your activities off.

How are you feeling?

It’s okay to not feel okay. Your feelings are never wrong. Below are some resources that might help if you are feeling a little worried or unhappy. It’s important to talk about how you are feeling and be kind to yourself. You could talk to an adult you trust at home or remember you can speak to your class teacher on Showbie/Tapestry.


Self Care Kit – Covid19 This kit contains lots of helpful suggestions to keep your mind and body healthy, to relax, let go of worries and stay connected.

Comic Strip – Covid-19 Storm This is an engaging, alternative way to learn more about the virus and start the conversation.

Activity Calendars

Below are a menu of activity calendars which include fun activities as well as some that may support you to manage and express how you are feeling and to develop an awareness of how others may be feeling too.

Virtues Calendar  This gives 31 different activities that encourage creativity, gratitude, empathy, resilience and curiosity.

Wellbeing Activity Calendar  This helps the whole family to take 5 minutes a day to participate in an activity together that will boost well-being and look after your mental health.

360 Positive Activities  This thought provoking activity helps your child identify features in themselves and others that help build resilience.

Building resilience through adversity!

Here is the good news: Resilience skills can be learned.

Building resilience — the ability to adapt well to pandemics, changes in routine, adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of stress — can help our children manage stress and feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. However, being resilient does not mean that children won’t experience difficulty or distress. Emotional pain and sadness are common when we have suffered major trauma or personal loss, or even when we hear of someone else’s loss or trauma.

What do you need to be resilient?

To be resilient you need to experience 8 of 10 emotions on a regular basis:

  1. Joy
  2. Gratitude
  3. Serenity
  4. Interest
  5. Hope
  6. Pride
  7. Amusement
  8. Inspiration
  9. Awe
  10. Love

These don’t always find you. You have to be pro active in seeking them out!

Take time to think. Do you feel these emotions regularly? Why not? What can you do (more of) to feel these? What do you need to stop doing to feel these?

Not sure if you’re resilient? Click here to take a free quiz!

This page will be regularly updated and we would welcome your feedback, suggestions and will try to respond to any particular issues around supporting your child’s social, emotional mental health.

Mindmate Friendly

We are proud to have been awarded the MindMate Friendly Accreditation in December 2019. We are now well into our journey of working towards the MindMate Champions Accreditation.

As we have in previous years, this year we aligned our Anti-Bullying Fortnight in school with Children’s Mental Health Week. Please visit our class pages to see the many things that have been going on during the fortnight in February 2020 held in Spring 1. 

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Useful Links for Parents

Please follow the links below to other organisations that may be able to offer additional advice and support. NHS – CAHMS Information for Parents and Carers Action for Children