For Schools

Thinking Of You Week in the classroom

Thinking of You Week is an event which promotes actively thinking of others, expressing our caring natures and spreading positivity. The aim of the week is to create a wave of love, caring and happiness by making or choosing cards and writing positive messages to different people.

A handwritten card has been shown to have far greater emotional impact than any form of e-communication. As cards are displayed in the home, they also provide a lasting reminder of the sender and of the positive message written inside, reinforcing a state of well-being.

Writing a card actively promotes empathy, helps with emotional communication and conveys the value of doing something special for others, as well as being a fun way to practice handwriting!

Our Thinking of You Week Toolkit

Our Thinking Of You Week Toolkit contains a beautiful new banner, flyer and event poster, new retailer and consumer handouts, as well as social media cover images and email sign offs. We’ve also updated our list of local press contacts, and will be adding a new template press release soon to help you publicise your Thinking of You Week initiative that we’re very keen for you to organise!

Prizes – ooh lovely prizes!

We’re again giving prizes for the best Thinking of You Week initiatives, displays and events! It’s completely up to you what you do and we have lots of ideas below to help get your creative juices flowing.

Let us know what you’re up to – the GCA is giving prizes for the most creative school events for Thinking of You Week!

Email Sharon Little at gca@max-publishing.co.uk

Ideas and Inspiration for school activities

Here are some ideas for school activities.

Cards for classmates
Each child writes their name on a piece of paper, these are all put in a ‘hat’ and each pupil makes a card and writes a positive message for the classmate whose name is drawn. Children then talk about how it feels to write and receive the positive messages in the cards.
Express gratitude
Expressing gratitude: Make or write cards to thank ‘unsung heroes’ in the local community, eg lollipop ladies, friendly shop keepers, local police or firemen.
Team up
Team up with a local elderly people’s home, a children’s ward or a charity to make or write cards for people who need a positive boost.
Involve the whole school
Bring the whole school together to make and write cards.

More free resources from the GCA

There are some fabulous resources for schools on the Greeting Card Association website too and we’ve listed some of the key ones below.

Hurrah_for_Ra_CoverKS2A: HURRAH FOR RA!

This resource has received 5* reviews from teachers. Art, design and history come together in this ‘Thank you’ card-making project dedicated to the Egyptian sun god, Ra.

Children will learn about paper-making, the origins of writing and, in a specially designed power point presentation included in the resource, learn about Ancient Egyptian art and culture, expressed through the art and artefacts discovered in King Tutankhamun’s tomb.

Hurrah for Ra! comprises three one-hour lessons in total, starting with a session on Ancient Egyptian history, stylised art and paper-making, which sets up the historical context and the greeting card making project.

KS1: Let’s Be Friends Project

Card-making to help build relationships and promote class cohesion in the early years. The choice of text frame and timing of delivery are flexible. The plan is written as an induction/‘getting to know you’ activity in which children make and send a simple card to a classmate containing a positive message.

GCA/Royal Mail Primary Schools Activity Pack

The plans can be used as a source of ideas for units of work on communication and celebrations, for ‘one-off’ lessons on measuring, handling money, writing rhymes and designing and making cards, or for special end-of-term/year activity.