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Peter Gladwin Primary School

Dream | Believe | Achieve


Health and Wellbeing


Issue #3 of Young Safety Net E-Zine "Sussing Out School" 

For latest Young Safety Net E-Zine "Making Sense of Missing Out" click here

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and the Mental Health Foundation have chosen the theme of kindness. #KindnessMatters

More than ever before, at the moment we are all very aware of our own mental health as well as that of others .

However the Mental Health Foundation point out that amid the fear there is also community, support and hope.

Helping others reduces stress and improves our own emotional well-being.

Maybe this week you could try some of these random acts of kindness?

  • Send someone a home-made card or small parcel in the post
  • Leave a note on someone's doorstep to tell them how special they are
  • Share your favourite recipe with a friend
  • Make some cupcakes and give them to your neighbours........of course remember to observe social distancing rules!

You may also have your own ideas.

If you have any photos of your acts of kindness to share on the website please send to:                #KindnessMatters

Click here for Mental Health Foundation suggestions for Parenting during the Coronavirus outbreak

Click here for Safety Net's exciting new e-zine completed with help from young volunteers.

Top tips on managing worries, fun activities for keeping busy and useful information if you are in need of extra support or information.

The Great Ormond Street Hospital specialist Play Team have launched their new hub The Power of Play. This offers a fantastic range of resources which emphasise the importance of play in children's development. Beneficial to children of all ages and needs.

The Power of Play

Strategies to help children manage their emotions and get back "in the green"

Helpful tips from Triple P

BHISS/Schools Wellbeing Service are offering some remote support starting in May. Please see document for details of how to access.

New Information from the DfE

Online referral form to get help:

The council has launched an online referral form for vulnerable residents with no other support. 

Please click here to self refer or to complete for someone else.

Axel Scheffler (The Gruffalo) has illustrated this fantastic book which explains all aspects of the Coronavirus to children.

It is beautifully presented, very factual but also pitched perfectly so that children are informed but not worried.

Click on the book cover icon below to read as a pdf.

Message from the School Nursing Team


Dear Head Teacher,

Please could you forward the following message to parents and carers so that they are aware of how they can contact the school nursing service.


Dear Parent/carer

School nurses would like to advise you that during the current Covid-19 outbreak, we are still here for you and your family, to offer information and support about your child’s health.

You can contact us via our duty line, which is open from 9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday on 01273 696011 ext. 1692. There is also an answerphone facility so that you can leave a message if it is outside of these times and we will contact you during working hours.

We also operate a texting service called ChatHealth for young people, which we are extending to parents and carers to use during this period. The number to text is: 07480635423. This service is available from 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays). Any messages received at the weekend will be responded to the next working day.


This week is Autism Awareness Week. If we had been in school we would have taken the opportunity to celebrate all types of neurodiversity. In the meantime families may find this website and podcast useful...ACAMH

Here are some wellbeing activities you might like to try.....

Daily Wellbeing Activities                    5 Ways to Wellbeing

Some of your children may have taken part in Lego Therapy before.

This is a fantastic intervention which encourages speaking and listening skills. Click here for instructions and resources.

You might find these timetables useful to help create routine and structure at home.

Some of the resources even include helping around the house tasks! It would be great to hear how that is going!

 Editable Visual Timetable PowerPoint.pptDownload
 My timetable.docDownload
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We often use First/Next/Then boards in school to help children know what's coming next and to remain "in the green". 

When we're in school we tend to follow a cycle of:

First: a calming and focusing/regulating activity, Next: a learning activity, Then: a relaxing activity/down time.

You might find it works best if children can help plan the order that things are happening in.

Chatter mats can be a great way to help families feel connected if children struggle with the social aspects of meal times.

A really great child friendly story book resource to help children understand what's going on and hopefully put their minds at rest.

Dave the Dog

Useful websites for talking to your children about Coronavirus and also for helping to manage everyone's stress and anxiety.

Information from the World Health Organisation on helping your children cope with stress at this difficult time.

These social stories for explaining Coronavirus, social distancing and hand washing may be useful...particularly if your child has a diagnosis of Autism, or has any learning or language needs. 

New one on washing hands added.


During school closure the Wellbeing phone consultation line will be available on a daily basis for support or advice.

Please contact via email or phone, details on flyer below. Leave your name and phone number, someone will respond as soon as possible. 

Reading/Therapy Dogs

Peter Gladwin school was featured in the June issue of Sussex Life magazine. The article, which is featured in full below, was about our love of reading at PGS and about our very special Reading/Therapy dogs, who visit us weekly to support many of our children’s enjoyment of reading. Charlotte Barnes, Taboo’s owner and handler, has been coming to Peter Gladwin for a number of years and has helped many of our children learn to read with confidence

Leon and Archie were great ambassadors for our school. They were both interviewed by Jenny Mark-Bell, the magazine’s editor. Both boys explained how they enjoyed reading to Taboo and how reading to him takes away many of the stresses of reading to an adult. (Leon pointed out Taboo just listens and doesn’t interrupt.) They both told Jenny about how their reading had improved and about their favourite books.