A Coventry academy has launched virtual wellbeing assemblies to support its primary school children who are learning from home.

The Romero Catholic Academy, made up of seven primary schools and one secondary school, has introduced ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’ assemblies for its pupils.

The online sessions cover topics that focus on promoting positive wellbeing as many children continue to study from home.

Every week one member of staff from each of the schools, including Corpus Christi, Good Shepherd, Sacred Heart, St Gregory’s, St John Fisher, St Patrick’s and SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary Schools, pre-records an assembly from their home before the videos are released on Facebook.

The academy has already received a huge amount of positive feedback from families and is now also looking to introduce live online assemblies.

Laura McGinty, Key Stage 1 lead practitioner at the Academy, said: “At the start of the lockdown period we created Romero home learning packs containing a breadth of resources and ideas for learning at home tailored to the age and needs of each child.

“We also provided families with a host of fun activity ideas to keep their children entertained and have kept in regular contact with them via phone and email.

“But while work around the curriculum is important, we knew it was essential to be mindful of the children’s mental wellbeing and support families as much as possible during this difficult time.

“As the children have been away from school for a number of weeks, we decided to launch our Wellbeing Wednesday assemblies to help deliver positive messages and reassure pupils.

“They are not only giving us the opportunity to focus on important topics such as happiness and worries, but also give the children an opportunity to see a familiar face.

“We have received some hugely positive feedback from families who have really enjoyed watching the assemblies together and we are now looking into doing some live online.”

Megan Scullion, KS2 Leading Practitioner at the Academy, added: “Our Wellbeing Wednesday assemblies really complement some of our other online activities for families.

“Romero staff have been challenging the children with ‘beat the teacher’ sporting competitions on Facebook and Twitter and we have also been asking families to get creative and share their photos and videos with us online.

“The wellbeing of our pupils is a huge priority, and it is important that we provide a variety of resources which not only focus on the curriculum but also maintaining good mental health.”

Photo: Rhye Parry, PE and wellbeing coordinator at the Romero Academy, with Ruby’s Worry – one of the books used as a basis for a Wellbeing Wednesday assembly.