Monksdown Primary School

Monksdown Primary School



Monksdown Primary School take a whole school approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing and are dedicated to ensuring that Monksdown children leave school with the best possible outcomes, having good emotional, physical and mental health to secure a bright future.

‘Mental health is defined as a state of wellbeing in which every individual recognises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her own community.’                                                                             ‘World Health Organisation, August 2014′

Liverpool’s Whole School Approach – Liverpool CAMHS

Our core values of :  Respectful, Resourceful, Resilient  and Responsible help us to grow as a family of learners and shapes our values for the wider world and  future aspirations.

 Evidence suggests there are 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.

See the source image

5 steps to mental wellbeing – NHS (

5 ways to wellbeing poster (2).pdf

wellbeing booklet (

Pupil Voice   Take a look at what our children have to say about Mental Health and Wellbeing

and how the process began.

Place2Be will be in school on a Thursday and Friday to support our children with their Mental Health needs 

Our in-school support works collectively with pupils, families and school staff to help your school community cope with Mental Health challenges.

  • Place2Talk – pupils book appointments with a Place2Be counsellor to talk about problems and worries
  • One-to-one counselling – weekly counselling using talking, creative work, and play to support pupils who are struggling
  • Group work – therapeutic groups exploring issues like friendship, self-esteem, transition and bullying


This Summer…



June and July






See the source imageKeep active during the Half term 



Mental Health Awareness Week was a great success and children flourished during lots of great activities, Monksdown children also saw the launch of Wellbeing Wednesday- a short time planned into the day to do just something we love- together.



Parent info leaflet – Primary DIGI (1) (1)

Mental Health Awareness Week happens every year, and it’s the biggest opportunity for the whole of the UK to come together to focus on getting good mental health. The week aims to tackle stigma and help people understand and prioritise their and others’ mental health.             

Each May, millions of people from every part of society take part across the whole of the UK. They include people in schools and further education; private, public and charity sectors; families and individuals. The UK and national governments, celebrities and many others continue to actively support the week.     

The theme this year is Anxiety and what you can do to prevent it.

Anxiety is a normal emotion in us all, but sometimes it can get out of control and become a mental health problem.                                                          Lots of things can lead to feelings of anxiety, including exam pressures, relationships, starting a new job (or losing one) or other big life events. We can also get anxious when it comes to things to do with friendship, money and not being able to meet our basic needs, like heating our home or buying food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This Year  children in Year 5 and 6 will  take part in the OxWell Survey.

f1. Information Sheet for Parents (Letter to Parents) – OxWell 2023

2. Infographic – for Parents or Students


We will be celebrating Mental Health week between 6-10th of February 2023, with lots of brilliant activities and resources to help us think about our mental health and how we can support ourselves to be resilient.

If you feel you need the Crisis team – see below

Events coming up…


NOW Festival 

The annual NOW Festival takes place 6-9th February. This year the team has partnered with the Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership, and young people from across the Liverpool City Region will be sharing their voices on how this ‘Now’ issue impacts mental health.
The theme is mental health and violence prevention. From racism, sexual harassment, online abuse, homophobic abuse, hate crime, and many more topics that will be explored, we will be hearing what children and young people have to say about this subject.
Get your tickets here

Liverpool Whole School Approach

The Liverpool WSA Partnership encourages people to connect with others in healthy, rewarding, and meaningful ways. Working in partnership with Seedlings, Mental Health Support Team practitioners and the LFC Foundations, they will be delivering a series of live, interactive sessions.
  • Education Mental Health Teams (Seedlings and MHST) on Tuesday, 7th February
  • Liverpool FC Foundation on Wednesday, 8th February
  • YogaBugs on Thursday, 9th February
  • There will also be a special yoga session for school staff on Wednesday 8th, February so gather your teams in the hall for a relaxing session with YogaBugs.
  • Our MHST parent/carer coffee event will take place on Monday, 6th February
Find out more here



Over the 10th and 11th of February, YPAS will be holding a 24-hour DANCE-A-THON fundraising event at their South hub, Lyndene Road, Liverpool, L25 1NG
Join them for refreshments, a DJ and lots of fun! All funds raised will go towards the rebuilding of the Central Hub.

The appeal is to rebuild YPAS’s city centre building to continue supporting the mental health and emotional well-being difficulties of Merseyside’s children, young people, and families.

Find out more here


ADHD Foundation 

On 6th February, the ADHD Foundation will run a webinar for parents/carers and grandparents of primary-aged children to help them help their children develop a love of reading for pleasure at home.
The webinars are free and will last no more than an hour.
Find out more here





The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year.

The theme of 2022’s World Mental Health Day, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, is ‘Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority’.

World Mental Health Day | Mental Health Foundation

For over 70 years, we’ve been working to make sure that mental health is treated on a par with physical health. Mental health problems exist in our lives, families, workplaces and communities, impacting everyone. We need to do as much as possible to prevent mental ill-health – as individuals and as a society. We will continue to call on national and local government to prioritise reducing the factors known to pose a risk to people’s mental health, enhancing those known to protect it and creating the conditions needed for people to thrive.

World Mental Health Day is also a chance to talk about mental health in general, how we need to look after it, and how important it is to talk about things and get help if you are struggling.

Mental health is essential to our overall well-being and as important as physical health. When we feel mentally well, we can work productively, enjoy our free time, and contribute actively to our communities.

Depression- Don’t be alone

If this speaks to you, speak to Mind 

Sometimes, finding the words to say how we feel is tough. You can feel like you’re talking another language – no one else understands. But we do.

That’s why, this World Mental Health Day, we want to show the different ways people talk about their experiences.


Schools across Liverpool will be educating children on Mental Health and how to protect their own Mental Health.

MYA will be running two Livestream events, one for KS1 and one for KS2, to celebrate World Mental Health Day on the 10th of October. 




We want our Year 6 children to have a great Transition to High school:

Transition Livestream Events 

Year 6 transition livestream events are taking place on the following dates. These free hour-long interactive virtual sessions will be hosted in 2 primary schools and 2 secondary schools this year. The sessions will be streamed through YouTube and via Zoom to allow access for all. lease sign up using the links below: 

Year 6 transition livestream option A, Tuesday 14th June, 10:00-11:00 

Year 6 transition livestream option B, Thursday 16th June, 13:00-14:00 

Mental Health Awareness week is 9th – 15th May. There are lots of activities you can join in with to improve your Mental wellbeing.

Loneliness is about feeling disconnected from the people around you to the point it affects your mental wellbeing.

You can feel it in a crowd of friends or by yourself.

Tips if you are feeling lonely:

  • Reach out and talk about it with someone – a friend, or family member, or you can speak to someone anonymously and in confidence at Kooth
  • Be kind to yourself – give yourself a break and do something you love
  • Connect with your community – join a club or volunteer at a local community group, or you can join one of YPAS Groups 
  • Try not to compare yourself with others.

More help available:    Click here


Loneliness Guide for Parents and Caregivers

Loneliness Posters

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families      


Mental Health Support Team : Click here

Mental Health Support Team : Polish: Click here

Mental Health Support Team : Urdu: Click here






Past events


PAS, LLP & the Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) are running a virtual coffee event for parents/carers of children in primary school on 6th April 10:00-11:30. This is an opportunity for parents to discuss any general concerns they may have around their child’s wellbeing and learn about the support available through the local CAMHS partnership.  

As we are close to SATs there will be a focus around managing worry around schoolwork and tests. 

Parents/carers can sign up for this free event using the following link: 

The MHST have developed a leaflet for schools to share with any families that they want to refer to the teams.  



Children’s Mental Health Week – 7.2.21 – 13.2.21

The theme of this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is Growing Together.

Growing Together is about growing emotionally and finding ways to help each other grow. Challenges and setbacks can help us to grow and adapt and trying new things can help us to move beyond our comfort zone into a new realm of possibility and potential. However, emotional growth is often a gradual process that happens over time, and sometimes we might feel a bit ‘stuck’.

As parents and carers, you play an important role in your child’s mental health. Check out some  free resources for families below.

Place2Be: Parenting Smart: Articles


The MYA RAISE Team will be returning with their XPRESS YOURSELF Live sessions. Five live sessions will go ahead across the week for Key Stage one, Key StageTwo,  special schools. There’s a resource pack for secondary schools and Early Years.

The sessions and resources will be ‘tree-themed’ exploring how we grow together using evidence-based practice from; the formulation tree, tree of life narrative work, blob trees, post-traumatic growth research and more. Each session will be fun and interactive, followed by an activity for the children and young people to complete in the lesson.

In school our Wellbeing Warriors from the Pupil Learning council have organised  packs for  each class of some of their favourite Mindfulness activities .  Click here to try at home.

Below are some helpful websites to keep our Body and Mind Healthy:

 GoPlay (

8 tips for healthy eating – NHS (

Lunchbox ideas and recipes – Healthier Families – NHS (

Mindful Breathing Exercise – YouTube

Stories read by EYFS staff for Children’s Mental Health Week 

Mrs Thornton – Ruby’s Worry:

Miss Richardson – The Colour Monster:

Mrs Balmer – The Worrysaurus:

Miss Wright – The Lion Inside:

Awa – reading a story in French:

Miss Hodgson – I am Enough:

Wellbeing Remote Learning 


Wellbeing KS2 25.1.21 PDF

Wellbeing EYFS-KS1 18.1.21

Wellbeing KS2 18.1.21

Wellbeing EYFS – KS1 11.1.21

Wellbeing KS2 11.1.21

Wellbeing Whole School 1.2.21 PDF

Wellbeing EYFS-KS1 8.2.21 PDF1

Wellbeing KS2 8.2.21 PDF1

Wellbeing EYFS-KS1 22.2.21 PDF

Wellbeing KS2 22.2.21 PDF

Wellbeing EYFS-KS1 1.3.21 PDF

Wellbeing KS2 1.3.21 PDF

Wellbeing 8.3.21 PDF

Wellbeing 15.3.21

Wellbeing 22.3.21

Wellbeing 12.4.21

Wellbeing 19.4.21


Useful Information 

A guide to looking after yourself and others during Covid – 19

Coronavirus – A book for children

Dave the dog is worried about Coronavirus