What are MindMate Lessons?

A brand new, exciting and modern social, emotional and mental health curriculum for Keystages 1 - 4.
The MindMates take you through PowerPoint lessons, full of multimedia content, for easy teaching.

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Children and Young People told us they wanted to learn more about their mental health before they had issues in this informative and inspiring video:

 

The lessons are written by a range of teachers, mental health professionals and consultants in partnership with other services and groups. They are designed to fit into your PSHE curriculum, in a modern, engaging and evidence based manner as part of the MindMate Champions whole school approach.

They have been designed with as much thought for ease of use for school staff as for teaching essential skills to pupils. Full of

  • Multimedia content within MS PowerPoint presentations
  • Evidence based skills
  • Whole class, group and paired activities to stimulate discussion and develop social skills
  • Editable MS PowerPoint Lessons and Word Lesson Plans
  • Useful Self Help Links

You can filter for year group, download the PowerPoint lessons, lesson plans and resources all in one place. You can also access MindMate assemblies/introductory lessons for KS1 KS2 KS3 KS4.

You can leave your thoughts, review and requests for us. We’d love to hear from you and any good ideas for improvements you might have. We will add additions, improvements and amendments so please check back regularly for latest versions.

In addition to the lessons themselves, we have created a range of resources to support you. They can be found in the Guidance Section and include; essential guidance, schemes of work, letters to parents explaining what the lessons are and a parents’ evening on exam stress, as well as additional documents on such topics as self-harm and body image.

We hope you enjoy using them.

The MindMate Lessons team

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

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.

Life changes

Life changes

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.

Strong emotions

Strong emotions

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

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.

Focus modules

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.