Healthy Lives Families Update - Covid-19 variant enhanced testing, make Eid lanterns, building on lockdown relationships and learn the alphabet in sign language!

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The Healthy Lives Team Families update contains helpful information and activities for your whole school community


This is the FAMILIES newsletter from The Healthy Lives Team. Each Friday we share relevant information, activities and resources to support your ongoing health and wellbeing.

The HEALTHY LIVES TEAM supports schools, pupils and families with everything to do with health and wellbeing. We want to help you to live fitter, healthier and happier lives.

We now have a Healthy Lives Team webpage where you can find out more about the team and access Healthy Schools resources and all our archived newsletters.


Covid-19 variants of concern in Tower Hamlets

A small number of Coronavirus (Covid-19) variants of concern have been identified in Tower Hamlets. These variants of concern were first identified in Brazil and South Africa.

Something is a variant of concern if it is not known whether it will spread more easily, cause more severe disease, or may not be supported by vaccinations - testing helps us learn more.

Areas variants have been identified

These variants have been identified in the area around E1 4 and E1 3 and some of E1 0, E1 1, E1 2, E1 5, E14 7, E2 0, E2 6, E3 4.

These areas include parts of Bethnal Green, Stepney Green, St Peters and St Dunstan’s wards. You can check your postcode using the link below and check if you are being asked to get a test.

Check your postcode here >

To help us contain these variants of concern, we are strongly encouraging everyone aged 11-years-old and over in these areas to get tested, even if they don’t have symptoms. To help people we are making tests more easily available for people in these areas. Everyone who lives, works or visits these areas should take a test. Information about testing and booking an appointment can be found using the link below.

Click here for further information>


Make beautiful Eid lanterns

The Book Trust have got a really fun activity for families, perfect for helping you to celebrate Eid al-Fitr! Author Sarah Shaffi is here to show you how to make beautiful lanterns from her fun activity book All About Eid - why not have a go?

Watch here >


Parental Engagement – Building on lockdown relationships

Maintaining the effective home-school communication built with families during lockdown is crucial to ensure the momentum of the past year is not lost and throughout lockdown many parents attended the virtual learning platforms and support forums delivered by the Parental Engagement Team. The team are continuing to offer support and virtual / blended sessions and forums for parents which are now available to schools individually or as a shared package across school partnerships.

The Parental Engagement Bitesize Bouncing Back Package offers a programme of  three virtual workshops/webinars delivered over half or one term to help parents to re-engage with the school community, keep informed about the curriculum and to explore challenges and obtain support as children and families transition back to school life. Times are flexible to the needs of parents, including working parents and can be delivered throughout the school day, twilight and weekend sessions.

Virtual workshops cover:

  • Digital safety
  • Curriculum
  • Parenting
  • Health & wellbeing

To find out more about the Bitesize Bouncing Back Package please contact


sign language

How to sign the alphabet in British Sign Language

Lots of us have been trying our hand at new skills to pass the time while, but while some are getting fluent in French, Japanese, what about sign language? British Sign Language (BSL) has been around in some form since the 16th Century and was officially recognised as a language in 2003 – it’s the most common form of sign language in the UK. More and more people are learning to sign – and you can give it a go too.

 Find out more here >

And remember...

Mother Theresa

"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples."

Mother Teresa

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The Healthy Lives Team

The Healthy Lives Team want to support you with all aspects of health and wellbeing. We will be sending you regular newsletters that will be relevant whether you are at school, work, or at home.

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Take care,

The Healthy Lives team at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

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