Positive Mental Health Primary lesson plans
NEW!!!!!! Bath and North East Somerset - Positive Mental Health Resources for KS 1 and 2
These resources were launched in January 2017. They were developed by young people from the Bath and North East Somerset CAMHS Participation Team, supported by Gill Welsh, CAMHS Participation Lead, in collaboration with Kate Murphy, PSHE Lead for B&NES.
The pack development was also supported by the Director of Public Health Award and the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust
The principle Learning Outcomes for children of this age are as follows:
Children are aware of what mental health is and that it affects us all from time to time
They recognise the impact of kindness and positive feedback as well as negative experiences on our mental health
They know how to care for themselves, where to look for support and how to be a good friend to someone who is struggling with their mental health
Click on the links below for activities on specific mental health issues.
Introduction to mental health and challenging stigma
Try these Circle time activities to warm everyone up before you start!
What is mental health will help give children a definition of mental health and how it dfiffers from physical health
Changing places is a normalising activity which demonstrates that mental health issues affects us all. It also encourages children to empathise with others struggling with mental health issues
Life is a Lottery is a light-hearted activity with a serious underlying message. It shows how all of us can be affected by mental health issues and encourages empathy. You will need the Life is a Lottery cards for this activity too and some prizes. Grapes go down well!
Quizzes to increase knowledge
Multiple choice quiz. This quiz shows that we all have mental health issues at times - even some celebrities!
Recognising feelings and worries
Feelings dominoes can be used with younger children, or with those with additional needs. It can be played with small groups or one-to-one.
For older children in KS2 try the emotions in poems activity, which could be used in a literacy lesson.
Play dough facial expressions is a lovely activity for younger children to show how their feelings would be affected by a range of different scenarios.
Where do I feel emotions in my body asks children to identify where and what they feel when experiencing a range of emotions, so helping them to recognise how emotions affect them physically.
Okay, not okay explores the fact that we can't always tell by looking at someone if they are struggling or have a mental health issue.
Growing happy feelings explores resilience and equates growing happy feelings with growing flowers.
Coping skills: helping yourself
50 tips for getting through the next 5 minutes is a brilliant 'top-tips' list of things to help calm you down!
Five ways to wellbeing is a child friendly version of the programme that enhances everyone's sense of wellbeing.
Relaxation is a practical session to help the whole class relax
I feel, I choose is for individuals who struggle to express emotions and need help dealing with them. It can also be done as a whole class activity. You need to also use the feelings chart, feelings cards and coping cards for this activity.
There are also a series of calming down activities to try with the class.
Being a good friend: where to get help and support
Be a rainbow is a poster-making activity about how to make a positve difference to someone's day
Scenarios are also available to help children think about how they might support a friend in a difficult situation. You will need the scenario sheets for this activity too. They need to be printed double sided. There is a follow-up sheet also.
Feelings Jenga is a variation of the popular game - so you will need a Jenga set to play!
Helping hands is a pictorial way of thinking of ways of accessing support - and can be used for a classroom display too.
Phone chat support is an activity for older children. It explores how they might support each other through texting.
Self esteem: Feeling good about yourself
Proud to be me is all about celebrating differences and what makes us special and unique.
Being kind to ourselves teaches children about self-care and compassion. It also makes a great classroom display!
WOW boards are best done in small groups or one-to-one. They are about recognising those good, great and WOW moments throughout the day.
Turning negatives into positives gets children to think about how they could respond when they have those not so nice feelings
Make your own DIY feelings box for children to post their worries into
Other ideas and useful tips
Have a look at these other great ideas for activites with your children - all of which explore positive mental health
Useful links - a list of useful websites to support all of this work