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ELSA Provision

An ELSA is a specialist teaching assistant with a wealth of experience of working with children.  ELSA's are trained and regularly supervised by the Education Psychologists in your Local Education Authority.  An ELSA is a warm and caring person who wants to help your child feel happy in school and reach their potential educationally and emotionally.  Their aim is to remove the barriers to learning and to happy children in school and at home.  


Within our school we have one member of staff fully trained as an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant.  The ELSA can support with: 

  • Loss and bereavement
  • Self-esteem
  • Social skills
  • Emotions
  • Friendship issues
  • Relationships
  • Anger management
  • Behaviour
  • Anxiety
  • Bullying
  • Conflict
  • Relaxation techniques


Good afternoon everyone,

I hope you have had a lovely Easter break! I realise that this year it has felt very different but hopefully you had a break from schoolwork and managed to enjoy the lovely weather.

I thought I could add some relaxing technics today. Obviously the children are now getting used to your new routines at home, some children will be embracing the changes but some may be finding it harder being away from school and missing their friends. During times of change it can cause anxiety in some children. Having quiet times, with time to talk and reflect on these changes can help. I hope some of them may be of use to you.

9This is a lovely resources to help children regulate their breathing. A useful tool to practice at any time so they have the skills to use in times of upset or high emotions.)


A calm down basket can be a useful tool for children to have during a quiet time. Some ideas are below: 

  • Exercise books/paper with some coloured pencils for them to doodle with.
  • Bubble wrap for popping
  • Squidgy balls which you squish and squeeze
  • Feathers for mindful breathing practice
  • Pebbles or stones
  • Stretchy people
  • Crayons and paper for ‘anger scribbling’
  • Shells
  • Bubbles
  • Cuddly toy
  • Mindful colouring sheets
  • Paper clips for making paperclip chains
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Paper for ripping
  • things to count
  • Whiteboards and pens
  • Small bag of lego bricks
  • Playdough
  • Dot to dot
  • Puzzles
  • Glitter bottle ( you can find examples of these on the internet).


Stay safe,

Julie Hearnden


Good Afternoon

This is a very useful site for parents and carers alike which focuses on emotional health. It has lots of useful guidance and resources for families, including ways to deal with tricky behaviour, calm down time, problem solving also suggestions of things to do with your children, internet safety etc,  a large percentage of which is free. Topics include empathy, giving praise effectively,.

To access the parents section you click on the three lines in the top right hand corner, scroll down and click on Parent Zone , from there you can choose whichever section interests you.

Julie Hearnden

Good afternoon Everyone

I hope you had a good first week with your children.  I thought I would share with you a lovely poem that you might like to share with your children.  An uplifting poem where we can all look forward to the day when life goes back to normal. The Author is unknown.

 The Time We Spring-Cleaned the World.

The world it got so busy,

There were people all around.

They left their germs behind them;

In the air and on the ground.

These germs grew bigger and stronger.

They wanted to come and stay.

They didn’t want to hurt anyone -

They just really wanted to play.

Sometimes they tried to hold your hand,

Or tickled your throat or your nose.

They could make you cough and sneeze

And make your face as red as a rose.

And so these germs took over.

They started to make people ill,

And with every cough we coughed

More and more germs would spill.

All the queens and kings had a meeting.

“It’s time to clean the world up!” they said.

And so they had to close lots of fun stuff,

Just so these germs couldn’t spread.

We couldn’t go to cinemas

Or restaurants for our tea.

There was no football or parties,

The world got as quiet as can be.

The kids stopped going to school,

The mums and dads went to work less.

Then a great, big, giant scrubbing brush

Cleaned the sky and the sea and the mess!

Dads started teaching the sums,

Big brothers played with us more,

Mums were in charge of homework

And we read and played jigsaws galore!

The whole world was washing their hands

And building super toilet roll forts!

Outside was quiet and peaceful,

Now home was the place for all sports.

So we played in the world that was home

And our days filled up with fun and love,

And the germs they grew smaller and smaller

And the sun watched from up above.

Then one morning the sun woke up early,

She smiled and stretched her beams wide.

The world had been fully spring cleaned,

It was time to go back outside!

We opened our doors oh so slowly

And breathed in the clean and fresh air.

We promised that forever and always

Of this beautiful world we’d take care!

Good morning Parents/Carers

I hope you are all well and coping with the changes in your usual daily routines. Thinking about the emotional well-being of us all,  is very important at this time, so that that in mind I will be posting various ideas and activities every few days.


 You, as parents/carers, know your child/children best, so I advise you look over any material first and, if you think appropriate, use whenever you wish. You may feel your child is coping well with the changes but you may also feel that they are feeling anxious, they may or may not be asking you questions about the information they are hearing. It is sensible to answer questions as simply as possible, being careful not to give more information than necessary. Some children struggle with the change in routine and if at all possible it is proven beneficial to make your own daily timetable. This does not have to be stringently stuck to, but can help everyone feel secure with the day ahead.


I will begin by posting some stories that, if and when you feel appropriate you could share with your child. These were written by a fellow ELSA and are completely child friendly. Again, I am not suggesting you read them all in one go but use one at a time, if appropriate. 

I have added 2 resources for you to do with your children.

Children clearly need times where they can be active, we all know the benefits of exercise and fresh air. A short walk/bike/scooter ride adhering to the governments advice on social distancing can really help children's mental well-being ( and yours too!). You can also find, on Youtube Joe Wicks PE sessions live at 9am daily, but they can be accessed anytime. There are also yoga sessions by Cosmic Kids available. 

I think above all else have fun with your children, watch films, play games, cook, share books and do some arts and crafts.



Julie Hearnden