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Primary Academy

Restore

RESTORE sessions are 2 hour team building workshops (1 hour during summer holiday sessions) designed to take a group of young people on a 6-week journey where they will “unpack their emotional backpacks” in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. We help the children to develop an understanding of each other and to rebuild their lives and relationships as they grow and begin to make the transition towards secondary education.  By completing exercises together, they will develop on a personal level.

RESTORE highlights the importance of relationships for emotional wellbeing, resolving conflict, preventing harm and building resilient communities.

People need people,
To walk to
To talk to
To cry and rely on,
People will always need people.

Benjamin Zephaniah

 

Vision.

To support our children to rebuild and prepare to grow as they make their transition to Secondary School.

Mission

Plants need sun, water and good soil to grow –they will grow even better with good fertilizer- this project teaches children the powerful connection we have with nature and that just like plants we too can grow and thrive with the right support and in the right conditions

The first four letters of restore, relate to Recognise, Empathise, Safety and Trauma, these are connected to what has happened and its effects on us. In the same way sun, soil and water effect a seed as it grows.

The last three letters, relating to Opportunity, Relationships and Engagement, are key to how we are going forward into a new normal- these are our fertilizer.

Relationships are important for emotional wellbeing, resolving conflict, preventing harm and building resilient communities.  Our relationships are our fertilizer they support our opportunities and engagement.

Children will learn how they can work together to grow strong and tall because…people need people…

Values.

  • Everyone has a unique perspective
  • Our thoughts and feelings influence our behaviours
  • Our actions have a ripple effect
  • We have needs that connect us to people and purpose
  • The people best placed to find solutions to problems are the people affected by the problem

 

NEW for November 2020

When you can see a group is fidgeting or glazed over, etc, get everyone to take part in a 5 minute “shake up activity”. For example:

  • 2 laps of the playground / the “Seely mile” or “Mansfield Mile”
  • 5minute body blitz of easy exercises to get them moving
  • Dances / silly faces, Simon Says / games

RESTORE sessions must comply with Switch Up’s operating procedures and risk assessments, and those of the school in which you are operating.

 

RESTORE week 1 – Rebuild

Rebuilding relationships
Rebuilding friendships  
Restoring communication

Equipment needed:

  • x2 flipcharts and paper
  • Coloured flipchart pens

 

What is RESTORE? Introduce what the project is about

 

  • Explain this part of their time with Switch Up is intended to support them to rebuild and prepare to grow as they make their transition towards secondary school
  • NEW for November 2020 - start by asking children “what is important to you?” in a friendship, in family. Then ask them what makes a bad friend or bad family and make them do words on post it notes that make a good friend and words for good family.
  • Then make them do a diary and choose a value to live out for a week and put it in to action and write about it. Each week they will do this.

 

15 mins

Set ground rules

 

  • Excellence, friendship, respect, inspiring, determination, courage, equality, responsibility are some examples of words the children might come up with in relation to how they work together and as a group (ground rules)
  • Discuss rewards and behaviours in line with school policy

 

What are our values?

 

  • Everyone has a unique perspective
  • Our thoughts and feelings influence our behaviours
  • Our actions have a ripple effect
  • We have needs that connect us to people and purpose
  • The people best placed to find solutions to problems are the people affected by the problem

 

  • Children work in two teams. Each mentor is responsible for a team – give each team a name. Team to work together to create a shared idea of what the value means – write this on the flipchart paper.
  • After each value compare both teams’ ideas - agree on a shared definition - display this in class.

Ask children to repeat the values.

 

30 mins

Kindness circle and kindness wall

 

  • Explain the importance of kindness in relation to the values
  • Put the names of the students into a hat and have each student pick a name, making sure they do not pick their own
  • Gather students into a circle and have each take turns saying something kind to the class about that person
  • Children can add their kind comments about others, made in this and other sessions, to post-its on a “kindness wall” on flipchart paper.

 

30 mins

Videos (NEW for November 2020)

 

  • In a quiet and well lit side room, mentors/coaches to record young people talking to camera saying they’re excited to join the Switch Up programme at school, and what they’ve done and learnt in today’s session.

 

30 mins

Regroup and conclusion

 

  • Discuss and agree what was learnt during the session
  • Have them write a reflective journal on what they have learnt
  • Look forward to what happens in the next RESTORE session

 

15 mins

 

RESTORE week 2 – Sowing the seeds of growth

  • What creates growth for plants - what creates growth for us?
  • How do plants evolve - how do we evolve as people?
  • What pressures do plants face- what pressures do we face?
  • What is our fertilizer?
  • Growing dreams

Equipment / preparation needed:

  • See through plastic party cups
  • Cotton wool balls
  • Lentil or chickpea seeds that have been presoaked overnight
  • Plastic cup of water for each child-to soak cotton wool in
  • Pots of herbs
  • x2 flipcharts and paper
  • Coloured flipchart pens

 

What is RESTORE about this week? Why are they doing it and what do the seeds represent?

 

  • This week they will be looking at growth and the conditions that support plants to grow well. Children will compare this with what helps us to grow well.

 

15 mins

Our values

 

  • Everyone has a unique perspective
  • Our thoughts and feelings influence our behaviours
  • Our actions have a ripple effect
  • We have needs that connect us to people and purpose
  • The people best placed to find solutions to problems are the people affected by the problem
  • Remember to keep thinking about these values through the session ready for your video diary at the end.  

Revisit Ground rules

  • Excellence, friendship, respect, inspiring, determination, courage, equality, responsibility or whatever words the children came up with in week one

 

10 mins

How do plants grow? 

 

  • We have our own garden outside - if we were going to plant some seeds what would we need to know?
  • Children brainstorm in pairs questions to ask about how plants grow the best and why they don’t grow. 
  • Tape large sheets of paper to desks and use coloured pens to write questions all over paper about how plants grow best.
  • If children are struggling to think of questions use these ideas as prompts:

 

    • What are the different seeds we could plant?
    • Hw long do they take to grow?
    • D all the seeds you plant grow? 
    • What does a seed need to grow well?
    • What are weeds?
    • Why are weeds bad for growing seeds?
    • What is fertilizer?
    • Why do we use fertilizer?
    • What can stop a seed growing?
    • How can we give seeds the best chance of growing?
    • Would seeds grow without any help at all?

 

  • Have a Q&A session between the children and Switch Up staff.
  • Bring out the pots of herbs, encourage children to smell and feel the plants, and discuss what the herbs are used for and why they’re important.

 

30 mins

How do I grow?

 

  • Showing how what plants need to grow can be the same as what we need to grow as humans. We need a balance of support to help us to grow. Talk children through the questions below.

 

    • What is ur sunlight? This could be our trusted adults, teachers, Switch Up mentors.
    • What is ur good soil? This could be our safe places - school, home.
    • What is ur water? This could be our family support, parents, siblings, grandparents .
    • What are ur nutrients / our fertilizer? This could be our friendship groups - our peers who support us and encourage us to be the best we can be.
    • What are ur weeds, our pressures? The bad choices we could make - encourage children to come up with examples.

 

  • Just like plants we need space and time to grow to our potential. Sometimes things might happen in our lives, like lockdown, that put our growth out of balance – this doesn’t mean we have stopped growing but just that we might need support to regain the balance of things we need to grow well. People need people to grow and to flourish just like plants need water and sunlight we cannot grow our best on our own.
  • Under the right conditions with the right balance just like a plant we can grow our dreams.

 

15 mins

Planting a seed

 

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c79hFP5cJg0  
  • Following the visual instructions on the video link, children plant and label their own seeds. Initially these just need warmth but after a few days will need putting in the window as they will not grow without sunlight. 
  • Encourage children to make the links between what a plant needs to grow and what they need to grow as they are setting up their experiment.

 

10 mins

Videos

 

  • In a quiet and well lit side room, mentors/coaches to record young people talking to camera saying what they did during the session and what they learnt.

 

30 mins

Regroup and conclusion

 

  • Discuss and agree what was learnt during the session
  • Look forward to what happens in the next RESTORE session

 

10 mins

 

NEW for November 2020

Discuss Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and do a vision board with each child in pairs where you look at their goals and dreams and how to get there, spiritually, emotionally and physically (growth).

If you cannot use the garden because of weather, etc, tweak the terminology to resonate with the group. For example Minecraft or Pokemon.

Take the same message you are trying to get across but use the game as a visualization. In Minecraft you have to build your houses, remove weeds / trees / things that are in your way. Use these steps to relay the message. They will know that they need a base / foundation, walls, roof, clear garden space etc.

You can then bring this back to the seeds that they will be planting and get them to think about it in the same way.

Or, again, utilising what young people know, Pokemon is a common theme. Everyone who knows what Pokemon is will understand that, to evolve, they need to have earned a specific amount of “XP”.

A young person can imagine that they are a Pokemon and then think about how/what they need to do to evolve into their next one. Here we would be asking them to think about making the right choices, surrounding themselves with the right people, education, friendships etc.

Images could also be used to showcase this. Typically as a Pokemon evolves they get stronger and have a lot more about them than in their first form. We can also explain that people’s XP will always be different.

RESTORE week 3 – Coronavirus

Equipment / preparation needed:

  • x2 flipcharts and paper (if needed for the Q&A exercises)
  • Coloured flipchart pens
  • PPE equipment and hand sanitizer (NEW for November 2020)

 

What is RESTORE about this week?

 

  • We have all been hearing a lot about the Coronavirus recently, and that some of what we hear on the radio and on the Internet is quite confusing so today we will be explaining some of the facts.
  • We don’t know everything about it yet, but there are some things we DO know to be true, and we want to share that information with everyone together.
  • Encourage children to ask questions throughout if they need to. 

 

10 mins

Our values

 

  • Everyone has a unique perspective
  • Our thoughts and feelings influence our behaviours
  • Our actions have a ripple effect
  • We have needs that connect us to people and purpose
  • The people best placed to find solutions to problems are the people affected by the problem
  • Remember to keep thinking about these values through the session ready for your video diary at the end.  

Revisit Ground rules

  • Excellence, friendship, respect, inspiring, determination, courage, equality, responsibility or whatever words the children came up with in week one

 

10 mins

What is a virus?

 

  • Stimulate a debate in class about what a virus is.
  • A virus is a tiny thing that we cannot see, that gets into our bodies and makes us unwell. There are viruses around us all the time, and our bodies are fantastic at fighting them off.
  • Do you know of any other viruses? Eg Chicken Pox, a cold or flu
  • Explain that sometimes viruses make you very ill, and some make you feel just a little bit ill. Usually when we have a virus like a cold we still go to work and school unless we feel really bad and then we stay at home until we feel better. Sometimes people get more ill and need help from a doctor especially if their immune system was not very strong when they caught it.
  • When a virus enters your body, your body has special defences called your immune system that spring into action to fight it off so you can stay healthy.  It makes equally tiny special cells called antibodies to fight the virus and stop it from making your body ill. Your body is AMAZING as it does this all without you knowing. The better your body is at making those antibodies, the easier it is for you to get better.
  • Usually healthier bodies have a stronger immune system, which is why it is always good to try and keep our bodies and minds as healthy as we can.
  • (NEW for November 2020)
    • Shw a visual on Coronavirus and then the children produce different things to portray their understanding of it, e.g. poetry, rapping/singing and artwork that could be displayed in the school.
    • Discuss hw germs spread and make people ill.

 

20 mins

What is Coronavirus?

 

  • Coronavirus is a new virus, which has been very good at spreading across the world quickly, which is why we can use the word ‘pandemic’ to describe it. This took everyone by surprise, so we have had to stay apart from each other as much as possible to give doctors and scientists time to find out about it. They need to find ways to make people who have it better and discover how to stop it spreading, like they have with other viruses we already know about. We do now know much more about it, but not enough yet for everyone to be able to get as close to each other like we were before lockdown.
  • (NEW for November 2020) – show PPE equipment and hand sanitizer – make the session practical.
  • Lead a discussion:
    • What has been the impact f coronavirus on them and their families?
    • D you know people whose jobs have ended because of coronavirus? Explain why their jobs could have ended.
    • Hw do you feel about Coronavirus issues? Like social distancing, handwashing, unemployment, food parcels?
    • Hw did you feel about returning to school while all this is going on?

 

40 mins

Videos

 

  • In a quiet and well lit side room, mentors/coaches to record young people talking to camera saying what they did during the session and what they learnt about Coronavirus.

30 mins

Regroup and conclusion

 

  • Discuss and agree what was learnt during the session
  • Look forward to what happens in the next RESTORE session

 

10 mins

 

 

RESTORE week 4 – Mental health

Equipment / preparation needed:

  • x2 flipcharts and paper (if needed for the exercises)
  • Coloured flipchart pens

 

What is RESTORE about this week?

 

  • We’re going to talk about mental health
  • What it is
  • How to look after your mental health
  • How to get help with your mental health

 

15 mins

Our values

 

  • Everyone has a unique perspective
  • Our thoughts and feelings influence our behaviours
  • Our actions have a ripple effect
  • We have needs that connect us to people and purpose
  • The people best placed to find solutions to problems are the people affected by the problem
  • Remember to keep thinking about these values through the session ready for your video diary at the end.  

Revisit Ground rules

  • Excellence, friendship, respect, inspiring, determination, courage, equality, responsibility or whatever words the children came up with in week one

 

15 mins

Activity

 

  • Discussion – what is physical health? What is mental health?
  • What is good mental health? What is poor mental health?
  • How has the pandemic and lockdown affected people’s mental health?
  • How can you improve your mental health? How can you get help?
  • How can you help someone else improve their mental health?
  • What is cyberbullying?
  • Play video clips
  • Roleplay
  • Scenarios

 

 

 

 

NEW for November 2020

  • Highlight that EXERCISE is a great tool to use to ensure that both a person’s physical and mental health can be helped through exercise. This could then link into the young people coming up with activities for the next boxing session.
  • Show the “Black Dog” video (Omaarah has the link)
  • Do the “throw the ball at the young people” exercise
  • Play the video about ACEs

 

45 mins

Videos

 

In a quiet and well lit side room, mentors/coaches to record young people talking to camera saying what they did during the session and what they learnt about mental health.

 

30 mins

Regroup and conclusion

 

  • Discuss and agree what was learnt during the session
  • Look forward to what happens in the next RESTORE session

 

10 mins

 

 

 

RESTORE week 5 – Enterprise week

Equipment / preparation needed:

  • Bring in a real Switch Up food parcel
  • x2 flipcharts and paper (if needed for the Q&A exercises)
  • Coloured flipchart pens

 

What is RESTORE about this week?

 

  • Last week we talked about Coronavirus.
  • This week we’ll be talking about food parcels, which have been distributed to some families as a result of Coronavirus.
  • What would you put in a food parcel? How could you make sure your food parcel meets the needs of those receiving it, and isn’t expensive?

 

10 mins

Our values

 

  • Everyone has a unique perspective
  • Our thoughts and feelings influence our behaviours
  • Our actions have a ripple effect
  • We have needs that connect us to people and purpose
  • The people best placed to find solutions to problems are the people affected by the problem
  • Remember to keep thinking about these values through the session ready for your video diary at the end.  

Revisit Ground rules

  • Excellence, friendship, respect, inspiring, determination, courage, equality, responsibility or whatever words the children came up with in week one

 

10 mins

What is a food parcel?

 

  • Children to discuss what the purpose of a food parcel is
  • Review the contents of the Switch Up food parcel and explain the items which might look unfamiliar – e.g. UHT milk
  • Staff to point out that families mustn’t become over reliant on food parcels – they’re for emergency support only, it’s “ambient” rather than refrigerated food – and the items in the food parcel are best if bought in bulk and are “budget” items

 

30 mins

Enterprise task

 

  • Children split into 2 teams and choose a team captain
  • Using flipcharts or whiteboards, children brainstorm the items they’d put in a food parcel the size of a shopping basket, which contains healthy food, and can be bought on a limited budget
  • The team captain then feeds back to the group about their food parcel, and the decisions they made linked to budget, healthy food, and the need for longer storage life
  • Which team managed to provide the most suitable food for the least money?  Who made their budget go further and therefore help more people? Reward?
  • Finally staff lead a discussion about how you would cater for people who can’t eat certain food, or are vegetarian, vegan, halal, gluten free, etc

 

30 mins

Videos

 

In a quiet and well lit side room, mentors/coaches to record young people talking to camera saying what they did during the session and what they learnt about mental health.

 

30 mins

Regroup and conclusion

 

  • Discuss and agree what was learnt during the session
  • Look forward to what happens in the next RESTORE session

 

10 mins

 

RESTORE week 6 – Celebration week!

Equipment / preparation needed:

  • x2 flipcharts and paper (if needed for the exercises)
  • Coloured flipchart pens

 

What is RESTORE about this week?

 

  • Celebrating what you’ve achieved over the last 6 weeks
  • Preparing a performance (song, dance, boxing demonstration, speech) for each other
  • Performing in front of each other at an awards ceremony at the end!

 

15 mins

Our values

 

  • Everyone has a unique perspective
  • Our thoughts and feelings influence our behaviours
  • Our actions have a ripple effect
  • We have needs that connect us to people and purpose
  • The people best placed to find solutions to problems are the people affected by the problem
  • Remember to keep thinking about these values through the session ready for your video diary at the end.  

Revisit Ground rules

  • Excellence, friendship, respect, inspiring, determination, courage, equality, responsibility or whatever words the children came up with in week one

 

15 mins

Preparation activity

 

  • Children split into 2 teams with team captains / spokespeople
  • Captains lead the groups in agreeing what each team member will say or do during their presentation – can they help each other with ideas?

 

45 mins

Presentation

 

  • The 2 teams present to each other, plus school staff if available
  • They give an overview of their experiences during RESTORE, talk about how they have developed during the sessions, and how they will implement their chosen value going forward.

 

30 mins

Awards ceremony

 

  • The Switch Up team will have identified stars of the “term” and will give out award certificates to each participant, recognizing their individual effort.
  • Switch Up staff thank everyone who took part.
  • NEW for November 2020:
    • T-shirts fr everyone will be provided
    • A limited number f medals for boxers will be available

 

15 mins