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Tips for Staying Safe in the Sun

Whether you're heading to the beach, playing in the park or out in your own back garden, it's really important to think about sun protection for your children. Follow our tips on sun safety for children and make sure everyone enjoys the sunshine safely when you're out and about.

How to keep kids safe in the sun


1. Stay in the shade when possible

It's a good idea to keep children in the shade in the middle of the day when the sun is at its strongest - try and get into the habit of heading indoors between 11am and 3pm, or use a parasol or a play tent to provide some shade.


2. Use a good sun cream

Make sure your child wears sunscreen that covers any exposed skin - use plenty, and don't forget their shoulders, the back of their neck, the tops of their ears, nose and cheeks and the tops of their feet. Choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 15, and at least 4 stars for UVA protection.


3. Keep topping up the sun cream

Try and put sun cream on your child at least half an hour before heading out to play - remember that you'll need to put more on throughout the day, especially if they've been swimming or paddling. 


4. Always pack a sunhat

It's a good idea for children to wear a floppy sunhat that protects their face and neck whenever they're out in the sun. Wearing a hat yourself can really encourage your child to follow suit - and hats with chinstraps can be very useful if your child likes removing their hat!


5. Drink lots of water

Give your child access to water throughout the day, especially in warm weather. Encourage them to drink regularly - particularly when they've been running around.






Fun Mindfulness Activities and Exercises for Children

Let’s start with these simple ways to get children to understand their bodies. At a young age, children are naturally curious about the strength and flexibility of their bodies. It’s a great age to introduce body-mind awareness as a great way to take care of yourself.

Mindful Posing

One easy way for children to be introduced into mindfulness is through body poses. To get your children excited, tell them that doing fun poses can help them feel strong, brave, and happy.

Have the children go somewhere quiet and familiar, a place they feel safe. Next, tell them to try one of the following poses:

  1. The Superman: this pose is practiced by standing with the feet just wider than the hips, fists clenched, and arms reached out to the sky, stretching the body as tall as possible.
  2. The Wonder Woman: this pose is struck by standing tall with legs wider than hip-width apart and hands or fists placed on the hips.

Ask the children how they feel after a few rounds of trying either of these poses. You may be surprised.



While on the subject of superheroes, this can be a related “next step” to teach children how to stay present.

Ask your children to turn-on their “Spidey senses,” or the super-focused senses of smell, sight, hearing, taste, and touch that Spiderman uses to keep tabs on the world around him. This will encourage them to pause and focus their attention on the present, opening their awareness to the information their senses bring.

This is a classic mindfulness exercise and encourages observation and curiosity—great skills for anyone to practice.


The Mindful Jar

This activity can teach children how strong emotions can take hold, and how to find peace when these strong emotions feel overwhelming.

  • First, get a clear jar and fill it almost all the way with water. Next, add a big spoonful of glitter glue or glue and dry glitter to the jar. Put the lid back on the jar and shake it to make the glitter swirl.
  • Finally, use the following script or take inspiration from it to form your own mini-lesson:

“Imagine that the glitter is like your thoughts when you’re stressed, mad or upset. See how they whirl around and make it really hard to see clearly? That’s why it’s so easy to make silly decisions when you’re upset – because you’re not thinking clearly. Don’t worry this is normal and it happens to all of us (yep, grownups too).

[Now put the jar down in front of them.]


Now watch what happens when you’re still for a couple of moments. Keep watching. See how the glitter starts to settle and the water clears? Your mind works the same way. When you’re calm for a little while, your thoughts start to settle and you start to see things much clearer. Deep breaths during this calming process can help us settle when we feel a lot of emotions.


This exercise not only helps children learn about how their emotions can cloud their thoughts, but it also helps with the practice of mindfulness while focusing on the swirling glitter in the jar.

Ask the children to focus on one emotion at a time, such as anger, and discuss how the shaken mixture then settling glitter is like that emotion.



The Safari exercise is a great way to help children learn mindfulness. This activity turns an average, everyday walk into an exciting new adventure and helps with awareness and grounding.


Tell your children that you will be going on a safari: their goal is to notice as many birds, bugs, creepy-crawlies, and any other animals as they can. Anything that walks, crawls, swims, or flies is of interest, and they’ll need to focus all of their senses to find them, especially the little ones. This simple exercise


Hope you have fun doing these activities.

Keep safe,

Mrs O’Halloran.


Now that things are starting to get back to some kind of normality hopefully we can look back with gratitude and think about being kind to others. Some of us may have had deal with difficult situations over the past few months and hopefully by helping others we can begin to heal and feel better ourselves.

We should all try to encourage kindness to family members, friends or strangers, random acts of kindness can come in all different forms and sizes! Look at the list below and decide what you could do;

  1. Donate unwanted toys:  Why not leave them outside with a handmade sign to say that they're free - and let someone re-home them, as families walk past on their daily exercise! Think about how thankful other children would be to receive these toys.
  2. Make a sign to thank everyone who helped during this difficult time.
  3. Say thank you: encourage kids to give thanks for the little things! Give thanks to their siblings for making them laugh, or for sharing toys.  For older children or teenagers, get them to give thanks to someone for a deeper reason e.g. thanking their grandparents for the lessons that they have taught them.
  4. Give compliments: this one is similar to the above, but giving a compliment to someone teaches children to be more selfless and to think of others' feelings as well as their own.
  5. Paint a picture for your friends: get younger children to paint a picture for their school friends if they're missing them and send it to them.
  6. Ask your neighbours if you can do anything for them, especially elderly neighbours, through helping neighbours and offering selfless favours. It will not only help to build their confidence, but also help you to realise the true value of building good relationships!
  7. Smile at 20 people: whilst out on your daily exercise, encourage younger children to smile at everyone they pass - it might just make someone's day a little less lonely.
  8. Be kind to animals: encourage children to feed the birds in your back garden with some bread crumbs. This is a great time to be more appreciative of nature!
  9. Pick up litter: use your daily exercise one day to go on a litter picking walk. Wear gloves or bring tongs to make sure they're not touching anything nasty! Put them in a black bin bag en route and enjoy thanks from your community!
  10. Write a letter: encourage kids to write a surprise letter to mum or dad to make them smile. This is perfect for children who want to practise their writing!
  11. Write a kindness poem: ask children to make up a poem about being kind. Inspire them to read it every morning to set them up in a kind mood for the rest of the day!
  12. Adopt an animal online: if you're able to donate a few pounds a month towards your child's chosen animal, why not teach them the importance of being charitable? There are lots of websites that allow kids to name their animals and to print off pictures etc.
  13. Inspire them to surprise you: let them know that surprises are a really great act of kindness and that you would appreciate a surprise bath or a handpicked bunch of flowers from the garden?
  14. Leave out water for the wildlife: during this beautiful weather that we have been having during lockdown, some of your wildlife would be appreciative of a water bowl! Birds may want to bath and foxes might want a drink. If you've got lots of gadgets at home - why not set up a camera to catch them using it when you've gone inside!
  15. Put together a shoebox: go on a hunt around the house for things that you could donate to a homeless person. Smellies, dried foods and an item of clothing in a shoebox would make a lovely gift to give to someone after lockdown ends.
  16. Talk to a neighbour: inspire kids to start a conversation with neighbours over the fence - but more importantly, get them to ask questions. "How are you doing?" and "what have you been doing?" will be greatly welcomed by bored neighbours!
  17. Teach someone something: ask your children to take turns in teaching each other something, or ask them to teach you something that they learnt at school. Be sure to express your thanks for this new knowledge!
  18. Say "yes": encourage them to say yes to everything they're asked that day (this game can sometimes turn a bit silly).
  19. Be grateful: before they go to bed, ask them what they have been grateful for that day.
  20. Make a daisy chain: explain to siblings that random acts of kindness and love will make their relationships much stronger!

The Rainbow Children 🌈❤️

By Gemma Peacock

The history books will talk of now,
That time the world stood still.
When every family stayed at home,
Waved out from windowsills-
At those they loved but could not hold,
Because they loved them so.
Yet, whilst they did they noticed all the flowers start to grow.

The sun came out, they can recall,
And windows, rainbows filled.
They kicked a football in their yards,
Until the night drew in.
They walked each day but not too close,
That time the world stood still.
When people walked straight down the roads,
That once the cars did fill.

They saw that people became ill,
They knew the world was scared.
But whilst the world stood still they saw,
How much the whole world cared.
They clapped on Thursdays from their doors,
They cheered for the brave.
For people who would risk their lives,
So others could be saved.

The schools closed down, they missed their friends,
They missed their teachers so.
Their Mum’s and Dad’s helped with their work,
They helped their minds to grow.
The parents used to worry that,
As schools were put on hold,
Their children wouldn’t have the tools,
They’d need as they grew old.

But history books will talk of them,
Now adults, fully grown.
Those little boys and girls back then,
The ones who stayed at home.
They’ll tell you that they fixed this world,
Of all they would fulfil.
The RAINBOW children building dreams,
They’d dreamed whilst time stood still

Relaxation Activities


I hope you are all keeping well.

This week I would like to share a link for you to read some Happy News.

Every day in the news we hear about Corona virus but there are many good things happening in our world also. Every single day there are people helping others and doing incredible things in all corners of the planet and the majority of them aren't celebrated.

The link I have chosen for you to look at is from CBBC Happy News.  You will read about our everyday heroes and learn many interesting and exciting facts. These articles will give you a refreshing twist on what we usually know as ‘news’, bringing you happy and positive news.


Hope you enjoy this.

Keep safe.


Mrs O’Halloran


CBBC Newsround – Happy News link

Special People

Keeping Safe, Happy and Healthy on line

Children will inevitably be spending a lot more time online and on their devices, here are some top tips for parents/carers to keep children safe online during school closure.

Please click on the link below to view a poster of top tips for keeping safe on line.

You will also remember that you learned about how to keep yourself safe on line in our E-safety lessons in school.



  • Think before you post
    Don’t upload or share anything you wouldn’t want your parents, carers, teachers or future employers seeing. Once you post something, you lose control of it, especially if someone else screenshots or shares it.
  • Don’t share personal details
    Keep things like your address, phone number, full name, school and date of birth private, and check what people can see in your privacy settings. Remember that people can use small clues like a school logo in a photo to find out a lot about you.
  • Watch out for phishing and scams
    Phishing is when someone tries to trick you into giving them information, like your password. Someone might also try to trick you by saying they can make you famous or that they’re from a talent agency. Never click links from emails or messages that ask you to log in or share your details, even if you think they might be genuine. If you’re asked to log into a website, go to the app or site directly instead.
  • Think about who you’re talking to
    There are lots of ways that people try to trick you into trusting them online. Even if you like and trust someone you’ve met online, never share personal information with them like your address, full name, or where you go to school
  • Keep your device secure
    Make sure that you’re keeping your information and device secure.
  • Never give out your password
    You should never give out your password or log-in information. Make sure you pick strong, easy to remember password.
  • Cover your webcam
    Some viruses will let someone access your webcam without you knowing, so make sure you cover your webcam whenever you’re not using it.

Dental Care

Exercise at home


Children need to be active for 60 minutes a day. 

Please click on the link below to find some fun 10 Minute Shake Up games

and other helpful information about active hobbies and sports.

You will also find ideas for everything you need to know to get your family moving.


Please click on the link below to find lots of good reasons to get moving.





Keep Smiling

Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating when learning at home.

Please click on the following link to watch a video clip about eating healthily when learning at home.


Rainbow pictures

You may have notice when you have been out of your house for a walk that many houses have rainbow pictures in the window.

These look very nice for the people walking passed it probably makes them smile when they see them.

Please put a rainbow picture in your window or put it up inside your house to make people smile.

There are many different ways to make your picture eg. with paints, crayons, coloured pencils, coloured paper, old material etc.  or try making a food rainbow collage.

This could help promote the healthy eating principle of ‘eating the rainbow’ by making a food rainbow collage. This will take a fair bit of preparation, as you’ll need to cut out lots of pictures of healthy food of all colours from magazines or brochures.

First get the children to sort the pictures into different colours

Then they can glue them onto a large sheet of paper, in a rainbow formation.

Finally put the completed rainbow picture in your window for everyone to see.