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Thank you for your expertise Mr Arnold!


Look at this message we received direct from the West End!! Thank you to Miss Wallace for arranging this amazing surprise!


We couldn’t be prouder of this bunch of students! They were absolutely AMAZING! 🦁🐗🐘🦒🦏 A huge thank you to all of the staff involved!


We are so proud of you Eden 🤩⚽️


Fab Lab Thursday at Ace club last week. The children enjoyed our Mentos and coke experiment!


Taste it Tuesday at Ace club last week. The children enjoyed making Tzatziki and salsa dips!


Some fantastic tie-dye for the Year 6 production taking shape!


Rehearsals are fully under way for The Lion King production by Year 6. We can’t wait to share it with you on Tuesday!


A huge well done to Year 6 who took on every challenge and represented us superbly all week. We had so many compliments it made us very proud. A big thank you also to all the staff for their hard work and helping the children have a fantastic week. Have a good rest!


Year 6 Update: unfortunately standstill traffic on the M25 has pushed back arrival to 6:45pm.


YEAR 6 UPDATE: we are now on the M3 and estimated arrival time is 6pm. We will continue to update you.


Unfortunately Year 6 are being held up by heavy traffic and are currently still on the M27. Therefore we will not be back at the expected time of 4pm. Instead it is currently showing approximately 5.30pm. We will of course keep you updated with any further changes.


Thank you for a great week. We have loved it! We are on our way home and will keep you posted on our progress.


Help us win £1,000 for our school's library! Nominate our school and you could take home £100 of National Book Tokens just for you:


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We really do 💚 a campfire sing-a-long. Big well done to the students rendition of 'Can you feel the love tonight'!


When your favourite TTRS song comes on at the disco.


The disco is in full swing and the singing is on point! What a great end to a fantastic week!


Miss Bacon’s group were very musical on the lake after their paddle board yoga moves.


In comparison, Miss Pett’s group were able to build a raft that held strong under them and their singing


Miss Wallace’s group took to the kayaking like pros.


Mr D’s group learning the ropes. ⁦


Mrs Downes group looked professional on the water.


Miss Reed’s group were not particularly successful with their raft building this afternoon, but it definitely meant that there we are number of smiles and a lot of laughter! 😂🛶🛟


Egg drop competition! Whose will survive the drop from climbing tower??? 🥚🗼


A wonderful end to the day! A very noisy, but very entertaining camp fire. 🔥🏕🎶


Another amazing day on the lake for Year 6! Now preparing for a BBQ dinner! 🚣🏄‍♂️🏄‍♀️☀️


YOUNG GEOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION 2022. This year’s theme is… Where, How and Why? Can you create a poster to describe your favourite place based around this theme? All entries in to Miss Collins by Thursday 14th July. BE CREATIVE 🗺🌍


Another morning full of fun and challenging activities.


Another great breakfast to start our day! Ready for a jam packed day of activities.


Not one but TWO birthdays today! Happy birthday to Angela and Riaz. What a day for a birthday.


All smiles again today. So many activities for us to try! And the sun is continuing to shine!


Today has got off to a great start! Everyone slept well and we are all raring to go! ☀️😁


A great first day. We are all tucked up and excited for tomorrow!


Make it Monday at Ace club today was lots of messy fun! The children enjoyed water pistol painting.


What splashing fun we’ve had this afternoon!


Others have had a wonderful afternoon on the lake! Such a beautiful setting 🚣🏄‍♂️💧☀️


Some groups have started the activities with tree climbing and low ropes! Everyone is definitely enjoying themselves and there are some very smiley faces 😁🧗🌳


Year 6 have arrived safely! 🚌


And Year 6 are off! ⁦The excitement is at an all time high! We will keep you posted with updates throughout the week. 🚣🏼‍♀️🏄‍♀️🧗🏕🔥🪩


Purple and Cambridge class had a lovely start to the day with the sharing of stories🧚🦸‍♂️🐻🦖📖!


Express Yourself - Children's Mental Health Week (1-7 February 2021)

Posted on 29/01/2021

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Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. It is about finding a way to show who you are, and how you see the world, that can help you feel good about yourself.

Place2BE, Children's Mental Health Week

Children's Mental Health Week at SRA

At Samuel Ryder Academy, we are proud to support Children’s Mental Health Week and the theme this year is ‘express yourself’.

We recognise that talking about mental health and expressing our feelings can be difficult, no matter our age.  Now, more than ever, it's important to share how we’re feeling with others and, as part of our mental health awareness initiative, we have organised a range of activities for our students throughout the week to keep the conversation of children's mental health going.

Incorporating this year's theme, we are encouraging students and families to take part in the activities and suggestions put together by our departments below. You will also find listed some helpful resources that you may wish to explore during the remote learning phase independently as a family.

Wednesday 3 February

To ensure that students have dedicated time for this awareness week, on Wednesday afternoon for Years 7 -13 there will be no timetabled lessons but we are encouraging them to take part in the opportunities that we will advertise. For Years R – 6 the dedicated time for this will be session 1 on Wednesday.


If you would like to share any of the activities you've tried during Children's Mental Health Week on social media, please use the hastag #SRAexpressyourself so we can follow your journey.

Please follow us on social media for more daily activities and updates throughout the week.

Twitter: @SRA_StAlbans @SRAPrimary Facebook: @SamuelRyderAcademy

What is mental health?

Here are some videos you may wish to share with your child when discussing mental health this week.

Video aimed at primary aged students


Video aimed at secondary aged students


Department activity suggestions 

Try these at home or in school with your bubble during Children's Mental Health Week.


Write a short monologue or poem of their thoughts and feelings – How have you expressed yourself during lockdown?  This could be filmed as an extension.

Geography - geog your health

The Geography Department would like you to take a picture of you doing something outside- it could be you exercising, doing your hobby or going for a walk. Extra recognition will be given to those who can explain the geography in the photo around them.

English - express yourself through poetry

Write a poem around the theme of Express Yourself.

You could write about something you’re really enjoy doing, about how you are feeling currently, about your hopes for the future or maybe even the things you miss about life pre-lockdown. There is no limit to the possibilities...

Maths - try these fun challenges

Primary students: 

How many different shapes can you spot during your walk? How many times did you see each shape? Can you draw a diagram (poster, bar chart, pictogram, tally chart) to represent this data?

Secondary students:

Try these origami challenges

Origami Challenge One - Easy Origami Turtle - How to Make Turtle Step by Step

Origami Challenge Two - How To Make an Easy Origami Butterfly (in 3 MINUTES!)

Origami Challenge Three - How to make Origami Hummingbird

Share images of any designs you make!




Your task is to create a piece of artwork (drawing, painting, collage, 3D model or digital art), any size you wish, on the following daily theme: 

Monday - My current mood

Tuesday - My environment

Wednesday - A precious object 

Thursday - A wonderful memory

Friday - A hope/dream

Please tweet your artwork on the day of the theme to @SRA_art_. Or email it to your art teacher or to Mrs Wilkinson and we will tweet your daily entries via the SRA Art Twitter page. Have fun!

Food Technology 

To make a dish that you enjoy making and of course eating!

This dish makes you happy which is a very important thing at the moment.

Show the step-by-steps of making your dish and you cooking it.

We'd also love to see the completed dish... before you eat it!

Design Technology

The Rube Goldberg Machine!!

We want you to watch these videos for inspiration and create your own version of the Rube Goldberg Machine!  If anything the videos will make you smile.

Be creative with the items you use and the methods to get the machine to work.

Video your machine in action and upload it to Seesaw or send us the link to watch it.

Good Luck!

Can you take on Mr Pett and beat his times!

Can you take on these challenges and beat Mr Pett

  • How long can you plank for? Mr Pett’s time was 2 mins18 secs
  • How many pages can you read in 20 minutes? Mr Pett’s was 18 pages

Useful resources:

Please find below some helpful websites and resources you may also wish to explore as part of Children's Mental Health Week.

Children's Mental Heath Week - free resources which can be adapted for use in school, for home-schooling, online lessons or independent learning.

Young Minds - lots of free resources and tips from a leading movement that aims to make sure every young person gets the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families - videos and free resources from a world leading mental health charity for children and families.

Herts Mind Network - delivering essential mental health support in Hertfordshire, providing a diverse range of services from our seven Wellbeing Centres and other venues across all ten districts of the county. Funded locally, our services are available to all residents in Hertfordshire over the age of 18 and we offer dedicated services for 15-18 year olds.





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