Looking after children’s mental health and well-being is more important than ever during the Covid 19 virus. This is a time of unprecedented change and uncertainty for children, whatever their circumstances – whether they are in lockdown at home or attending a near-empty school because their parents are key workers. They are understandably worried and concerned.
So, what can we do, as teachers and parents, to improve children’s mental health and well-being?
One thing that has been proven to help reduce stress is music. Research suggests that music can stimulate the body’s natural feel good chemicals such as endorphins, oxytocin. It can help put us in a better mood and help us to take control of our feelings.
This is why children’s TV presenter, Samantha Dorrance, decided to create a new pop band called Sammy & The Sparks.
Sammy & The Sparks songs work by acting as musical affirmations. Each song is designed to teach a different self-help technique in a fun, positive way, helping children be emotionally and mentally equipped. They have songs to help encourage self-acceptance, self-reliance, self-belief… they have songs to help children cope with and understand bullying, loneliness, anxiety etc… they have so many happy songs designed to help your child live their happiest lives.
In addition to writing and sharing songs, Samantha is about to launch “Sammy & The Sparks at home lesson plans” for use at home, during isolation. These lesson plans are designed to:
• Help children explore and understand their feelings.
• Help them deal with their feelings in certain situations.
• Create loving and thoughtful discussions between parents and their children.
The lesson plans will soon be available at www.sammyandthesparks.com. Follow Sammy & The Sparks on social media for lesson plan updates.
Brilliant Publications is delighted to include a link to the Sammy & the Sparks website from our special Free resources for the Covid 19 Pandemic page.
The songs from J’aime Beaucoup Chanter en Français are now available to download from our website for FREE.
You can sing in French about transport, countries, school subjects and many other topics you may have thought couldn’t have songs written about them!
The songs are easy to learn because you will already know the tune. The music includes: the wheels on the bus, Polly put the kettle on and Twinkle, twinkle little star.
Follow the link below to the book page on our website and scroll down to the Sample audio files.
Sue Cave, one of the authors of Physical French Phonics, has produced a teaching video that shows how to write and make a little storybook, based on The Hungry Caterpillar.
Sue uses the Physical French Phonics system to teach the pronunciation of the words. Children who have been learning French at primary school for a year will enjoy completing this project but anyone can have a go! We know many pupils are already familiar with the Physical French Phonics system and will recognise the artwork but by watching and using this video any child can follow the story and create their own book.
This is a step-by-step lesson for primary age learners of French and is for independent learning. It leads to a creative writing project of a mini-book based on the ‘The very hungry caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. It will revise days of the week and the plural form of nouns. It includes the teaching of phonics, grammar and dictionary skills.
You will find the video via this link:
All the songs from J’aime Chanter are now available to download for FREE from our website (see Sample audio files). We hope you enjoy singing your way through your isolation.
If you have a spare moment (unlikely we know) we’d love to see how you use the songs. Perhaps you could set-up a singalong through social media.