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Guidance for professionals in Gloucestershire working with young people with mental health or emotional wellbeing concerns

Research shows that doing physical activity can improve mental health. For example,
it can help with better sleep, happier moods and managing stress and anxiety.1
This important relationship between physical and mental wellbeing is the focus of our new, flexible lesson plans for 11-16 year olds.
These new resources have been developed with teachers and are underpinned by the evidence-based five ways to wellbeing. They include short, fun activities such as creating a wellbeing jigsaw or designing a poster to promote getting active, and are supported by a video featuring MC Malik who discusses how he uses physical
activity to support his mental health.
Like all of our content, this resource is mapped to the national curriculum helping you to cover core PSHE topics within Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education.

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Physical and mental wellbeing

Explore the link between physical and mental wellbeing.

Students discover self-care actions to support their physical and mental wellbeing – whether by getting active, eating well or getting good quality sleep.

Lesson plan includes:

  • PowerPoint for use in class
  • print-out activities for students
  • core peer-to-peer activities
  • differentiated options to offer support or challenge
  • films to support the activities

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Unhelpful thoughts

Students learn examples of unhelpful thoughts and tools to tackle them.

This short activity can be used in form time or equivalent to explore unhelpful thoughts and support students to practise "reframing" them.

Lesson activities include:

  • PowerPoint for use in class
  • differentiated options to offer support or challenge
  • activities to help students extend their learning beyond the classroom
  • discussion questions and a plenary
  • animated film to support the activities

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Building connections

Students explore the meaning of loneliness and connection.

Building connections lesson plan pack

Help students to understand that everybody feels lonely at times, but there are actions they can take to help build connections.

Using peer-to-peer discussion, videos and activities, students will explore the meaning of loneliness and connection.

Lesson plan includes:

  • PowerPoint for use in class
  • starter activities – carry out a baseline assessment of students' prior knowledge, skills and understanding
  • options to extend and support learners
  • a film to support the activities

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Worry

Help students to identify worry and actions they can take if they feel worried.

What to do about worry Year 6 lesson plan pack

Using peer-to-peer discussion, videos and activities, students will identify what worry might feel or look like and describe different actions that a person can take if they are worried.

Lesson plan includes:

  • accompanying PowerPoint for use in class
  • print-out activities for pupils
  • core peer-to-peer activities
  • plenaries and exciting extension ideas
  • a film to support the activities

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Social media

Support students to explore the topic of social media and learn actions a person can take to look after their wellbeing online and offline.

Social media Year lesson plans

Using peer-to-peer discussion, videos and activities, students explore social media, evaluate how social media might impact wellbeing and understand the importance of balancing online and offline activity. 

Lesson plan includes:

  • PowerPoint for use in class
  • starter activities – carry out a baseline assessment of students' prior knowledge, skills and understanding
  • core peer-to-peer activities, differentiated discussion questions and exciting extension ideas
  • a film to support the activities

 

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Sleep

Encourage students to explore the benefits of sleep on the brain and the body as well as learn strategies for better quality sleep.

Sleep lesson plans

Using peer-to-peer discussion, videos and activities, students discover the importance of sleep and learn about simple actions that can improve a person’s quality of sleep.

Lesson plan includes:

  • PowerPoint for use in class
  • activities to help students extend their learning beyond the classroom
  • starter activities – carry out a baseline assessment of students' prior knowledge, skills and understanding
  • core peer-to-peer activities, plenaries and exciting extension ideas

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Dealing with change

In this lesson, students explore the nature of change.

Using peer-to-peer discussion and activities, students will explore the nature of change, identify challenges that can arise in managing changing situations and learn where to get support.

Lesson plan includes:

  • PowerPoint for use in class
  • starter activities – carry out a baseline assessment of students' prior knowledge, skills and understanding
  • core peer-to-peer activities, plenaries and exciting extension ideas
  • 2 films to support the activities

Get lesson plan for KS3 and KS4