Mental Health and Wellbeing

Please see the link at the botttom of the page for the Axel Scheffler book about Coronavirus for Children.

At Hatchell Wood Primary Academy we aim to ensure that the Mental Health and Well-being of pupils, parents/carers and staff is supported. We are currently working towards the ‘School Mental Health Award’ which is award by Leeds Beckett University. The school has two Mental Health leads as well as a Mental Health First Aider. Below are some links to support the Mental Health of pupils and parents/carers. If you need any further support with Mental Health and Well-being, please contact Miss Stead and Mrs Ajimati 

We have included lots of resources to support children during this difficult time, they can be found in the 'Files to Download' section at the bottom of this page. 

Coronavirus specific support;  




General Mental Health and Well-being Support 


Coronavirus - Speech and Language Therapy resources

Resources for talking to your children about coronavirus

  1. For younger children, this picture-based book helps to explain coronavirus and provides opportunities for children to talk about how they feel - The book is available in 18 languages.
  1. This colourful guide will help to answer your children’s questions about coronavirus and has some good ideas about how to help your child make the best of their time at home
  1. This is a social story about coronavirus and pandemics
  1. This website has short videos about coronavirus and fun ways to talk about hand-washing
  1. This is a free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler
  1.  Sheffield’s Children’s NHS Trust website has some really clear, simple visual resources that you can print and use. They provide communication boards and social stories that cover a range of topics including school closures, coronavirus, washing hands and being at home.
  1. This video explains coronavirus and staying safe with Makaton signing
  1. The National Autistic Society has a page of handy tips for autistic people and their families
  1. The YoungMinds UK provide advice on what to do if your child is anxious about coronavirus. This might be more useful for teens and young adults. The main focus is on self-care and they provide further information about how young people can look after their mental health if self-isolating. Resources for supporting young children’s speech and language development
  2. I Can have a list of activities and strategies for how to support your children’s speech, language and communication skills through play at home.


Resources for supporting children’s vocabulary at home

  1. Word Aware have created fun games and activities that can support your child’s vocabulary
  1. Lift Lessons teach vocabulary related to science and are ideal for children between the ages of 6-14.

We realise that some of the families who require these speech and language resources may not have the facilities to print them at home. If your child is under the Speech and Language Therapy service, you can call our admin team on 01302 644958 and request that a resource is printed and sent out to you.



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