Promoting healthy habits and wellbeing in primary

Alex Doyle
20th April 2017
Primary, health, wellbeing, happy, mindfulness, exercise, friendships, relationships, Australia, New Zealand

Top tips and lesson ideas for ensuring your primary pupils are healthy, happy and ready to learn

As adults, we're often told to eat better, move more, be mindful and get a hold on our emotions. And while promoting healthy habits and wellbeing in the classroom is not a new phenomenon, there are now calls to plant the seed earlier in life. In fact, numerous studies conclude that healthy young people are more likely to learn more effectively. So, where do you start?

Luckily, the Tes community have provided an abundance of simple yet effective lessons to have your primary class high-fiving their way to wellbeing success.

Healthy mind

Kick-start a mission to help your students live more balanced and peaceful lives by taking tips from this mental health-focused ebook*. Linked to the curriculum, it covers topics such as resilience, emotional intelligence and positive relationships.

Stress can affect anybody who feels overwhelmed - even kids. While learning to manage it is crucial, it doesn't have to be boring. Why not introduce key terminology with this engaging scavenger hunt*? Or, promote stress-relieving mindfulness using this hand art lesson, including step-by-step instructions.

Healthy body

Get the feel-good endorphins flowing with a dance warm-up, followed by this bush barn dance lesson* that will have your class dancing circles (or squares) around a healthy lifestyle. And to make sure they are fuelling their bodies well, get students to design their own lunch using this simple worksheet.

Healthy realtionships

Building relationships and making friends is always daunting, but a buddy scheme can make a lot of difference. When younger learners are meeting their buddies for the first time, this getting-to-know-you template will help them to form questions and promote discussion. To further manage these relationships, have students document their social interactions with this friendships pack*.

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