I am strong like a tree

In our Year 5 confidence groups, we have been looking at how we can build up our resilience. We used a tree model to think about what grounds us (the roots) and what pushes us over (the wind).

The children thought hard about the things they love, care for and do to help them when things are a challenge, all the things that keep them standing tall.

They then thought about all the worries, challenges and fears they have that make them doubt themselves.

Have a look at some of our strong trees

Take a look at the Wellbeing Room

Our Wellbeing Room has been up and running since November. It is a special place in school, created for a calm, informal, confidential, safe and secure place for pupils to share their thoughts and feelings and to seek help and support.

Ms Clarke also carries out small group work in here with some children who need support to build up their resilience, self-efficacy, positivity and motivation.

Playdough recipe

Give this quick and easy play dough recipe a go to keep you entertained.

There’s something weirdly therapeutic about kneeding this squashy substance into shapes that makes it irresistible to join the little ones and release your inner creativity.

In fact, play dough has proven to be so relaxing for both kids and grown ups alike.


You will need

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • Food colouring
  • Large saucepan
  • Spoon

How to make

Step one
Add the flour, salt, cream of tartar and vegetable oil to the saucepan.

Step two
Add some food colouring to a cup of water, then pour into the saucepan.

Step three
Stir over a medium heat, until the mixture becomes a sticky, combined dough. Allow it to cool.

Step four
Remove the dough from the saucepan and knead into a smooth ball of play dough.

Now that you’ve made, rolled, squished or cut it, you may be wondering what else there is do with your play dough.

Try adding different colours or glitter. Or have a look at these pictures for ideas;