Better Health - Every Mind Matters KS1 & 2
These free, NHS-approved lesson packs complement the existing suite of Every Mind Matters resources, helping you to facilitate open conversations around health, wellbeing and resilience, and cover statutory Health Education requirements.
There are separate KS1 and KS2 lesson packs available for each topic:
• Emotions: Support KS1 pupils to identify different feelings and think about other people’s feelings. And help KS2 pupils consider how emotions,thoughts, physical feelings and behaviours can affect each other, and learn ways to manage challenging emotions.
• Kindness: Help KS1 pupils to recognise the importance of kindness, ways of being kind to ourselves and others, and things someone can do if others are being unkind. At KS2, pupils will have an opportunity to explore how kindness impacts on themselves, others and the world around them.
• Self-care: Introduce the concept of self-care to KS1 pupils, learning about the different things that help people feel good. Build on this learning in KS2, exploring self-care strategies and evaluating how they can support wellbeing.
Vaping – KS3 form time activities
In these 3 form time sessions, students learn about social pressures around vaping, its impact, and the effects of nicotine on the adolescent brain:
Vaping: What and why?
Vaping: The impact
Includes a "Guidance for teaching about vaping" document to support one-to-one conversations with young people.
In this lesson, students explore the reasons why some young people choose to drink alcohol and the impact this can have on them.
Using peer-to-peer discussion, scenarios and videos, students will be encouraged to identify and assess the risks associated with underage or irresponsible drinking, and how to deal with pressure from peers.
Better Health - Every Mind Matters
Make Inside Feel Better
Public Health England have launched the Better Health - Every Mind Matters campaign to support the nation’s mental wellbeing with the encouragement that “When things aren’t so good out there, make inside feel better”. The campaign is aimed at adults, but weighted towards those most at risk of mental health problems. The key message is to encourage people to create a free NHS-approved ‘Mind Plan’.
The partner resources include a range of materials that direct to the Mind Plan tool and drive to Every Mind Matters content on NHS.UK:
It also includes practical tips and videos from experts on dealing with stress and anxiety, boosting your mood, sleeping better and what you can do to help others – including advice for parents and for children and young people.
Body Image in a Digital World
Encourage students to explore what body image is, how social media can impact it and ways to reduce stress or anxiety caused by online pressures.
Using peer-to-peer discussion and activities, students discuss the impact of social media on body image and identify techniques for minimising stress that may arise from negative body image.
Bullying and Cyberbullying
In this lesson, students identify what being bullied means and the emotional impact it can have on someone.
Using peer-to-peer discussion, scenarios and videos, students explore different situations in which people can treat others in a negative way, as well as discover strategies to deal with hurtful types of behaviour.
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
In this lesson, students identify the signs and symptoms of exam stress and develop strategies to help them manage it.
Using the concept of designing an 'exam buddy' app, students develop helpful strategies for managing their own exam stress and learn how to be supportive of friends who may also be experiencing stress.
Forming Positive Relationships
In this lesson, students examine the nature of friendships, identify some of the challenges that can arise and how to provide effective peer support.
Using peer-to-peer discussion, scenarios and videos, students explore what makes a good friend and discuss strategies for dealing with difficult social situations.
Healthy Dental Habits
Developed with teachers and dental experts, these PowerPoint presentations use a simple science experiment to introduce the idea of how sugary drinks can affect teeth.
Online Stress and FOMO
In this lesson, students explore the impact of using social media and the stresses it can cause, including FOMO ('fear of missing out').
Using peer-to-peer activities based on Rise Above films, students will discuss how they might manage any online stress and understand the importance of asking for help when needed.
In this lesson, students learn the physical and emotional aspects of puberty.
Using peer-to-peer discussion and activities, students will be encouraged to examine the impact of puberty and find ways in which they can seek support if they are finding puberty challenging.
Sexual Abuse in Schools
A press release on the government's review into sexual abuse in schools, and information on the NSPCC dedicated helpline and Ofsted review into school safeguarding policies to support victims of sexual abuse.
Report Abuse in Education:
Telephone - 0800 136 663
Email - email@example.com
The following resources provide advice to schools about sexual violence and harassment between children for information purposes, and if you are asked by stakeholders:
Contextual Safeguarding Network School Assessment Toolkit - School Assessment Toolkit (csnetwork.org.uk)
Encourage students to explore the benefits of sleep on the brain and the body as well as learn strategies for better quality sleep.
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.
Support students to explore the topic of social media and learn actions a person can take to look after their wellbeing online and offline.
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.
Transition to Secondary School
Help students consider the transition to secondary school and identify some of the challenges that can arise.
Using peer-to-peer discussion and activities, students will explore the transition to secondary school.
What To Do About Worry
Help students to identify worry and actions they can take if they feel worried.
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.
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