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21/03/19

Thank you to Mama Bonito for teaching Maple pupils how to make authentic Italian pizzas. https://t.co/hHKTu5kDSx

20/03/19

Reminder that we close at 12pm tomorrow for BMAT-wide staff training. Swimmers can be collected at 12:30pm.

19/03/19

Year 2 have been using The Expandables to help them write good sentences. Daisy had this idea to improve their sentences with the use of adverbs. https://t.co/C6jqEw8GJU

19/03/19

We all need a helping hand sometimes, and sometimes we ARE the helping hand. https://t.co/QlLY2ETaNA

18/03/19

Excellent Wellness at Work session this evening on Yoga and Meditation. Staff who took part were beaming by the end of it. Thank you for arranging it

18/03/19

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17/03/19

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Reminder of tomorrow’s Wellness at Work session from 4-5.30pm for all BMAT staff https://t.co/Sy91vmKv5L

16/03/19

Yes, yes and yes again! https://t.co/u3Vm05omo9

15/03/19

We are so glad to be part of this. Moderation at its best. https://t.co/QP4DKX5lIK

15/03/19

Aspen did us all proud today when they took part in the dance festival at Bentfield Primary School. https://t.co/3T5W01rxuo

15/03/19

Maple pupils are in the Red Nose Day spirit, coming to school with crazy hair! Thank you to families for donating to and raising awareness of the incredible work they do in the UK and around the world. https://t.co/ksbyCUtdxl

14/03/19

We urge you to include Primary schools in this excellent initiative. https://t.co/NCqeX3dbIC

14/03/19

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Thank you to CEO Helena Mills for her keynote at this evenings Harlow and Epping Forest ITT Networking Event https://t.co/sjvd7Xy9cW

14/03/19

It’s a fantastic read and great for getting teachers to talk about the curriculum rather than traditional staff meetings about business matters! https://t.co/Ew0OEJsIGQ

14/03/19

There’s nothing like the love between a child and their parents. https://t.co/9Hq14u7NdV

14/03/19

Young children were put through their paces by a former athlete. Long jumper Ezekiel Ewulo visited Magna Carta Primary Academy and led an intensive training session for each class. https://t.co/0ZRLNj1qnK https://t.co/YKa4SjLTU6

09/03/19

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Sam Stewart

Teachers are at the forefront of school life but it’s so important to appreciate those behind the scenes: office staff, kitchen staff, business managers, caretakers etc. they are, in my opinion, the backbone of any good school. 👏🏻

08/03/19

New reading strategies have been launched as part of World Book Day. Magna Carta Primary Academy used the themed day as an opportunity to further promote reading in school. https://t.co/JPlSNW5f9d https://t.co/JCwtV3QfDq

08/03/19

We dropped everything to read yesterday.From next week, pupils can come to the library during lunchtime on Mondays,Wednesdays & Fridays to read.We want to create a role play area in the library & need dressing up clothes. If you have any to spare, please bring them to the office. https://t.co/kJK2m55yUq

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Young children take care of mental health

Young children take care of mental health

Posted: 21st February 2019

Young children are being encouraged to share their thoughts and feelings as their school works to look after their mental health.

Magna Carta Primary Academy has introduced a wealth of initiatives to ensure its young people always know where to turn when they need support.

The school recently supported the Beat the Blues and Wear Yellow day by Mid and North Essex Mind charity to raise funds for one-to-one emotional wellbeing support in the area.

As a school, Magna Carta used the event to talk to pupils about mental health, about their feelings and how talking can help.

Headteacher Marios Solomonides said: “This work is important as mental health needs the same attention as physical health and yet there is a stigma attached to it. If you start with educating the youngest people in the community, they will grow up without that stigma. It’s also our way of showing parents we’re aware everyone has mental health, so we do not shy away from talking about it.

“It is also important to teach children there could be someone else feeling sad or upset and how they can support them by letting them know they are there for them.”

Pupils were encouraged to identify what they were feeling and to understand the difference between positive and negative thoughts.

Bubble Time has also been introduced at the school, where children can put a note or their photo on the classroom wall to signal they need to talk to someone.

A Bubble Room will give children space to reflect and take time out to deal with their emotions.

Mr Solomonides said: “The Bubble Room will be full of sensory equipment, things that light up and items to touch and will give pupils somewhere to calm down. During some recent training, we were told once a person hits crisis point, it takes up to 90 minutes to be ready to face the world again. That’s a long time and yet sometimes we expect children to come back from a crisis far quicker; we expect them to come back within minutes. Sometimes, they could look alright, but they need time to get their emotions to calm down.

“It’s about saying we acknowledge everyone has mental health needs and there needs to be space in the building as much as in the curriculum to fulfil those needs. It’s not just about academic learning, it’s about wellbeing. Nobody can learn if they’re not in the right place mentally to do so.

“These initiatives give our adults an opportunity to find out how pupils are feeling. It has been a huge hit with getting children to talk about what they feel.”

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