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Mentally Healthy Schools brings together quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing. Our aim is to increase staff awareness, knowledge and confidence to help you support your pupils and colleagues.

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Mentally Healthy Schools brings together quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing. Our aim is to increase staff awareness, knowledge and confidence to help you support your pupils and colleagues.
Anti-Bullying Toolkit
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Anti-Bullying Toolkit

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This toolkit has been created to help prevent bullying in primary schools, empower bystanders and support children who are bullies or have been bullied. It is ready to use for Anti-Bullying Week from 11th-15th November. The free toolkit includes: Activities Videos and animations Worksheets Lesson plans Assemblies and workshops Information and advice Guidance for school staff For more primary mental health resources visit www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk
All about me
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All about me

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The activities, lesson plans and assembly plans in this toolkit - which meet the learning objectives for the PSHE curriculum - will help children to think about who they are as a person, recognise what they are good at, identify positives things about themselves, learn from their experiences and set goals. There are also activities to support staff wellbeing. For more primary mental health resources visit www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk
Anxiety thermometer
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Anxiety thermometer

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Using a feelings thermometer is a great tool to help children recognise what feelings they might be experiencing in any given moment. A useful strategy to help children deal with anxiety is for them to become aware of what level their anxiety is. If they can develop an understanding of their anxiety or worries, then this is the first step in learning strategies to manage or cope better. Anxiety can be triggered by different situations, and so using this tool can also help children recognise what situations make them feel more anxious or worried than others. Using this resource This resource is designed to be used with an individual child, aged 7 or above. Prior to using this resource with a child, please read through our pages on anxiety, and guidance for delivering short activities, to ensure you have a good understanding of how to use the resources safely.
World Mental Health Day toolkit
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World Mental Health Day toolkit

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This toolkit has been specially designed for World Mental Health Day, and provides primary schools with a range of practical resources to help inform and boost wellbeing for pupils and staff. It includes : Posters Classroom activities Lesson plans Assembly plan Mindfulness exercises Tools and guidance Videos and animations For more primary mental health resources visit www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk
Emotion wheel
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Emotion wheel

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The emotion wheel can be used with children of all ages who are struggling to express their current feelings. By identifying an image they can convey their current feelings. Using the wheel regularly throughout the day will help children and young people see the changing nature of their feelings and can help reduce anxiety around feeling a certain way
Piece of the Puzzle - Back to school assembly
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Piece of the Puzzle - Back to school assembly

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Using the metaphor of a jigsaw puzzle, this assembly helps children to think about the different roles they and others play in the school community. You could deliver this assembly as children return to school after lockdown. This assembly and associated activity pack, should support the children to feel a sense of belonging and understand their place in the school, hopefully bringing a renewed feeling of unity and community along with positivity about being back at school. Using this resource This resource is designed for: children aged 3 to 11 use in a whole-school or whole year group assembly This resource forms part of our rebuild and recover set of resources, designed to help schools come back together and support their pupils’ wellbeing after lockdown.
Resilience game
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Resilience game

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This simple board game explores common scenarios that children may encounter in their day-to-day life at home or at school, and the resilience they may need for tackling them. When children land on different squares of the board, they will pick up a card. The card will either explain a scenario which demonstrates resilience, or it will give them an opportunity to make a choice from three options. they may move forward two spaces, one space, or stay where they are depending on how much resilience their choice displays. Through the game, the children should begin to develop an understanding of resilience in common situations which they can then apply to their own lives. This resource is designed for: Children aged 4+ Use in pairs or small groups We have included cut-out counters and a six-sided die in this resource, or you may want to use your own. For more resources, go to www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources
Resilience ladder
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Resilience ladder

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This resource teaches children about resilience and the steps they may need to take to achieve their goals. The ladder format is designed to break down goals into smaller, achievable steps, and develop a growth mindset in children. Breaking down a goal in this way helps children realise that it is how we process and deal with setbacks that let us develop resilience. This resource is designed for: children aged 4+ use with individual children The resource includes a blank resilience ladder for you to work through the child with, as well as an example that they can refer to if needed. For more resources, go to www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources
Internet Safety Toolkit
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Internet Safety Toolkit

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Download the Mentally Healthy Schools free toolkit about internet safety, packed full of practical teaching resources for primary school staff. The toolkit includes lesson plans, videos, quizzes, animations, assembly plans and information and guidance. It covers topics such as cyberbullying, gaming, social media, website use and other online risks. Find more resources at www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk
Transition assembly
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Transition assembly

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Help your pupils prepare for a new class or school with this assembly, which uses the concept of going on a trip to get them thinking about what they might need for their new adventure. This resource is designed for: Children aged 5 to 11 Whole classes or year groups To run this assembly, we would suggest using some props, like: A suitcase A passport or a photo of one Some suncream Sunglasses A guidebook Some items that aren’t suitable for a summer holiday, like hiking boots or a thick jumper You’ll also need a whiteboard or flipchart paper. This assembly can be used in conjunction with our transition passport resource. Find more activities at www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources
Tools for managing emotions
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Tools for managing emotions

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These tools are designed to help children understand and manage their emotions and feelings, and stay calm and in control in the classroom. There are three tools included in this resource: a coping skills wheel, to give children different strategies for coping with difficult situations a strengths and weaknesses chart and control circle, to help children understand their own strengths and weaknesses and identify areas for development a focus plan, to help children stay calm and focused in the classroom Using this resource This resource is designed for: children aged 7 and up use with individual pupils Find more resources at www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources
Managing transitions toolkit
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Managing transitions toolkit

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In our 7th coronavirus toolkit, focusing on managing transitions and preparing children for change, there are lots of free, quality-assured resources for school staff, parents and carers and children. The toolkit is packed full of practical activities, guidance, an assembly plan, tips, videos and booklets to help children transition to primary school or to transition from primary to secondary school. For more coronavirus toolkits and other resources, head to www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk
Transition passport
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Transition passport

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This passport activity encourages children to select and present their most relevant characteristics and features to share with their new teacher to support their transition. Transition activities are a great way to support children in the progression through their academic life. This passport activity will help their teacher understand more about their future students and their experiences in school. In light of the coronavirus crisis, many children may be unable to have the chance to complete their last year of school as planned. They may not be able to visit their new school and teachers as they would usually. We have made this resource editable to allow children to complete this digitally at home, so it can be sent electronically to their new teacher or school. Using the resource This resource is designed for use with: Children aged 5 to 11 With whole classes Find more activities at www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources
Brain breaks
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Brain breaks

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Brain breaks are mental and physical activities to break up a period of concentration. These brain breaks may be particular useful after spending long periods sitting or using technology. The brain break may be relaxing or energizing, but they are always intended to get the body and mind going and help children focus once they return to normal classroom activities. Using this resource This resource is designed for: children of all ages use with a whole class Depending of the age of the children, the brain breaks could be used every hour or less for around five minutes. Try to use a variety, and fit them well to the mood and situation. For example, you should choose an active brain break if the previous activity is sedentary, or a maths-related one if you have been studying a different topic. For more resoures, go to www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources
Getting to know me: KS2
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Getting to know me: KS2

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This activity allows pupils to set goals for the future academic year, reflect on themselves, their strengths and their weaknesses and practice letter writing. This “Getting to know me” activity includes an activity plan for teachers, a printable letter template for pupils to write a letter to their future selves and a printable envelope to put the letter in. There is one letter template for all pupils and one for pupils working at lower key stage 2 and for those with SEND. For more primary mental health resources visit www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk
Mindfulness calendar: daily five minute activities
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Mindfulness calendar: daily five minute activities

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This is a two-week calendar with daily mindfulness activity suggestions. The simple, short activities encourage children to focus on what’s around them to find a sense of calm. These simple mindfulness activities are designed to help pupils relax physically and emotionally. Pupils should be encouraged to do them regularly with the support of an adult, and when confident can independently practice as part of their self care plan. This resource is designed for: children aged 3 and up use with individual children, small groups or whole classes The activities within the calendar will take approximately five minutes and can be done at home or in school. You can display this poster in your classroom or staff room, and use the accompany guidance for instructions on how to deliver the activities. You can run these activities whenever you like, for example at the start of lessons, or after playtime, to help ground and relax the children.
Reframing Thoughts - Activity for staff
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Reframing Thoughts - Activity for staff

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This simple template can be used by anyone to identify unhelpful or negative thoughts, and try to reframe them in order to reduce their feelings of distress or anxiety. We all have negative thoughts and may get into patterns of negative thinking. In challenging times, these may occur more frequently, and it is easy to be self-critical and focus on the negative thoughts. Sometimes we might catastrophise a situation, making it seem worse than it really is, or we might blame ourselves for things out of our control. Recognising these thoughts and re-framing them is a way of training our brain reduce anxiety and over-thinking. Using this resource This resource is designed for: use by school staff This resource forms part of our rebuild and recover set of resources, designed to help schools come back together and support their pupils’ wellbeing after lockdown.
Superhero Me
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Superhero Me

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These printable templates, split up by age, use the concept of superheroes to encourage children to explore their own superpowers, qualities and talents. There are three templates included, designed for children aged 4 to 5, 5 to 7 and 7 to 11. What the children create could then be shared with their next teacher as a transition activity or kept to reflect on their strengths. This resource is designed for: children aged 4-11 use with individual children, small groups or whole classes For more resources, go to www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources
Finding the Joy
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Finding the Joy

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This resource uses an illustration and basic drama techniques to get children thinking about happiness and where it comes from. Children will explore concepts like happiness and gratitude, and think about how social media might affect how we feel about ourselves and others. Using this resource This resource is designed for: children aged 9 and above use in small groups This resource is linked to curricular across the UK. England - RSHE Mental wellbeing • simple self-care techniques, including the importance of rest, time spent with friends and family and the benefits of hobbies and interests Internet Safety and Harms • about the benefits of rationing time spent online, the risks of excessive time spent on electronic devices and the impact of positive and negative content online on their own and others’ mental and physical wellbeing Respectful Relationships • the importance of self-respect and how this links to their own happiness Northern Ireland - Personal Development and Mutual Understanding PERSONAL UNDERSTANDING AND HEALTH Pupils should be enabled to explore: • their self–esteem and self-confidence (KS1) • strategies and skills for keeping themselves healthy and safe (KS1) • their self-esteem, self-confidence and how they develop as individuals (KS2) • how to sustain their health, growth and well-being and coping safely and efficiently with their environment (KS2). Wales – Health and Wellbeing Statement 2 - How we process and respond to our experiences affects our mental health and emotional well-being. Statement 3 - Our decision-making impacts on the quality of our lives and the lives of others. Scotland - Health and Wellbeing Mental and Emotional Wellbeing •I understand that my feelings and reactions can change depending upon what is happening within and around me. This helps me to understand my own behaviour and the way others behave. · I understand the importance of mental wellbeing and that this can be fostered and strengthened through personal coping skills and positive relationships
Planning a wellbeing inset day toolkit
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Planning a wellbeing inset day toolkit

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This toolkit is designed to be a guided Inset day for schools to work through, focused on wellbeing. From speaking to many of you, we know that one of your primary concerns on welcoming children back to school in the autumn is mental health and wellbeing. An Inset day before the start of term is a great opportunity for the whole school staff to come together to focus on wellbeing, ready for the term ahead. This toolkit is split into four sections: Auditing your school Planning for potential separation anxiety Supporting staff wellbeing Improving the school environment We have also included some suggested resources to use in the first weeks of term. You can use this toolkit in whatever way works best for you – you could pick individual sections to complete, or you could follow the full plan across the day.