Shortlisted at the 2023 East Suffolk Awards and the 2021 Active Suffolk Awards
Our Head of Education, Ezra Hewing has written a fun, psychologically informed story book, showing the benefits of exercise on mental health. It’s called Sammy the Sea Squirt, and every Reception aged child (four-to-five-year-olds) in Suffolk is receiving a copy. We want to teach children at a young age how to look after their mental health, which is more important than ever before.
A huge thank you to the amazing Suffolk community who enabled us to publish more than 8,000 books to give to every reception aged child in Suffolk.
How can the story of Sammy the Sea Squirt help your child?
Our story is based around the character Sammy. They learn that moving helps with memory and emotions while meeting other ocean friends along the way.
Sammy is an inspiring character who moves to keep their brain healthy. Sammy helps children understand the importance of being active at an early age, in an age-appropriate and engaging way. The story also equips parents and carers with a way to encourage their children to make positive changes to their level of movement to help maintain good mental health.
We want Sammy to encourage children and families to get more physically active, play more and help their brains develop.
Figures show that 35% of children and young people said their mental health has got worse during the Covid-19 pandemic.
We want to ensure children learn the skills to look after their mental health from a young age, to help them to become more resilient as they get into adulthood. Reading the story will help make the link between movement and mental health a lifelong habit.
Children like reading Sammy the Sea Squirt because it’s fun. Adults can also have fun reading Sammy the Sea Squirt, knowing that they’re encouraging children to be mentally and physically well.
Under the waves, where sunlight is blue,
Sammy the Sea Squirt is born with a tube.
Sea Squirts have a brain on top of their tube
that tells them to squirt
and that’s how they move.
Sammy the Sea Squirt is available for £8.99 plus £3 postage.
Once your order has been placed, you will receive your book within 7-10 working days.
If you are from a school or bookshop please contact us for a special rate: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invite Sammy to your school
We have created an exciting teaching session where children can learn more about the link between movement and mental health. Our qualified trainer could visit your school to tell the Sammy story, and put the learning into practice.
More resources for children
We have created a number of resources for schools and children to learn about the benefits of exercise on their mental health. They link to the school curriculum to help them to learn more.