What is it and how do I teach it?
Our Lessons are grouped into these themes
Feeling good and being me
This theme lays the groundwork for the subsequent themes. Beginning with developing an understanding of feelings (both comfortable and uncomfortable), strengths and self the lessons go on to look at concepts such as resilience, self-esteem and aspirations for the future. Key skills developed here include goal-setting and using a solution focused approach to problem solving.
Friends and family
This theme focuses on relationships, both healthy and unhealthy. The lessons explore how to tell the difference between the two and how to end an unhealthy relationship. Loss and bereavement are also covered here. Key skills include pupils identifying the qualities they like in themselves being able to talk through relationship problems and support others doing the same.
This theme deals with the concept of change including the complex feelings associated with it. For Years 6 and 11 the transition from primary to secondary school, and beyond, are covered. Key skills developed in this theme are acceptance of these feelings and coping well with change.
This theme provides an opportunity to focus in on the emotions that are felt most strongly e.g. anger stress and sadness. For years 6 & 11 the strong emotion of happiness is included to support them in transition. Key skills here are recognising these emotions, how they feel in the body and strategies to manage uncomfortable feelings. Pupils will also learn how to support their friends with these emotions.
Being the same and being different
Beginning with a simple recognition that everyone is different this theme takes issues of stereotyping and discrimination and shows how they can negatively impact on mental health. This will include the stigma related to having a mental health condition or illness. Key skills in these lessons will be learning how to feel comfortable with difference and how to challenge disrespectful and discriminatory behaviour.
Solving problems (and making it better)
The final themes builds on those that have gone before; pulling together learning to develop ways of managing life when it is difficult. These include perseverance and talking things through in KS1 & KS2 and coping with exam stress and knowing about some key talking therapies in KS2. Key skills here are seeing the positive/reframing, supporting others to cope and Motivational Interviewing techniques.
These are additional lessons which explore some of the lesson topics in more depth. They can used with a whole class or with targeted groups of pupils. Examples of the topics covered are Mindfulness and Unsafe relationships and the impact on mental health.