Suffolk Mind’s Sammy the Sea Squirt Day – Friday 28th May 2021
Children are currently in need of accessible skills to help them to take care of their mental health. To address this, Suffolk Mind have launched a story book project, Sammy the Sea Squirt, to teach children across Suffolk how to look after their mental health by moving.
Suffolk Mind are inviting your school to get involved in our campaign to help this book to reach children in Reception Year in Suffolk from September. To do this, we need to raise funds and would like you to help us to do this by supporting Suffolk Mind’s Sammy the Sea Squirt Day on Friday 28th May 2021. Pupils can get involved by:
- Dressing up in brightly coloured clothes that they can move in, just like Sammy
- Making a donation to a school collection in aid of Suffolk Mind
- Organising a sponsored ‘swoosh’ – finding 30 different ways to move, each for one minute
As a thank you for getting involved and fundraising £150 or more for us, we will send you:
- A digital wellbeing pack for your staff and parents
- A pre-recorded movement session to be used in PE sessions
- Bookmarks for all of your pupils and staff
- A badge to display on your website to show your support
- A signed copy of the book for your library once published
- (A Sammy the Sea Squirt book for every child in Reception, subject to our campaign being a success)
To support you to organise a Sammy the Sea squirt day, either for KS1 children or for the whole school, download our helpful resources below.
Advertise your Sammy the Sea Squirt day
Activities your school can get involved in on the day
Watch our video: how does Sammy the Sea Squirt’s movement help their brain?
Suffolk Mind’s Children and Young People’s Facilitator Louise Harris talks you through the science behind the character of Sammy the Sea Squirt, and why they need to move to help their brain. Watch this with your class to get a sneak peak of the Sammy the Sea Squirt story, and learn more about Sammy’s friends and how you can move just like them to help your own brain.
We will also be hosting a LIVE teaching session at 11am on Sammy Day. Our Children and Young People’s Facilitator will lead the movement session on our YouTube channel, for your students to learn more about the link between movement and mental health. Access the live session on our YouTube channel here.
Learn more about Sammy the Sea Squirt
Our story is based around the character Sammy the Sea Squirt – 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.
Learn more about the Sammy the Sea Squirt project by watching this video or visiting our Crowdfunding page.
We’d love to hear from you about what your school is doing on Suffolk Mind’s Sammy the Sea Squirt Day. Contact [email protected] to tell us how you’re getting involved, or if you have any questions.