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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.
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
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.
Winter Wellbeing Toolkit
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Winter Wellbeing Toolkit

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Free, practical resources for primary schools, to help pupils feel calm and confident towards the end of Autumn term. There are also practical resources to boost staff wellbeing over the winter break, and a selection of free helplines and counselling services to signpost to for support. For more primary mental health resources visit www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk
Reflecting on lockdown
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Reflecting on lockdown

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A resource to support children to reflect on the changes that have occurred over the last few months due to Coronavirus. Some children may find the transition back to school difficult after lockdown. It may be useful in the first few weeks of school to reflect on the lockdown period. This resource helps children think about what they have experienced and cope with the changes that have occurred.
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
Coronavirus: mental health & wellbeing toolkit
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Coronavirus: mental health & wellbeing toolkit

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A free toolkit with some resources and tips to help you address anxiety arising from the coronavirus (COVID-19). In this toolkit you will find: a booklet to support schools, videos to provide practical guidance and tips to schools, parents and carers about coronavirus and mental health, activities to ease anxiety that can be done at school or at home and other helpful advice, helplines and resources for adults and children. #coronavirus #covid-19 #covid19mentalhealth
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
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.
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 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
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
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
Getting to know me: KS1
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Getting to know me: KS1

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Use this “Getting to know me” activity with your primary school class at the start of the school year to help pupils get to know themselves a little better and to set a goal that they would like to work towards. This activity will also help give you a sense of their character. This task will encourage pupils to think about how they look, their personality, the things they enjoy doing, and who are the important people in their lives. The worksheet finishes with a goal that pupils can set themselves to achieve – or work towards completing - by the end of the school year. Teachers can revisit these goals during the last term. Pupils can either set these goals themselves, work in groups or teachers can ask pupils to work as a class to set a goal for everyone to work towards. The second worksheet is aimed at pupils who are working in groups or as a class to set an achievable goal. This may be more suitable for pupils working at lower key stage 1 or for children with SEND. For more primary mental health resources visit www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk
World Mental Health Day Toolkit 2020
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World Mental Health Day Toolkit 2020

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CELEBRATING DIFFERENCES: WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY TOOLKIT The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day is ‘mental health for all’. In this toolkit, we’ve created and curated a set of resources focusing on inclusivity and celebrating our differences. The resources are designed to help you support your pupils who may need more help with their mental health, and celebrate the unique and different qualities each child brings to your school community. The toolkit is split into two sections: ‘The same but different’ resource set We’ve created a set of resources all about celebrating diversity and difference. There’s an assembly plan, tips from teachers, and three lesson plans for different age groups (children aged 4 to 5, 5 to 8 and 9 to 11). You can use these resources in the week leading up to World Mental Health Day, to help you create a mentally healthy culture in your school. Further resources to support diverse groups of children We have also collected together resources to be delivered to, or inform your work with, groups of children who may need more support with their mental health. There are resources included for: LGBTQ+ children Children from ethnic minority groups Refugee and asylum seeker children Looked-after children Young carers
Piece of the Puzzle - activity for whole school
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Piece of the Puzzle - activity for whole school

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This activity uses the idea of puzzles to help children think about what makes them unique, and the role they play in your school community. Following lockdown, your pupils and staff may feel like their school community is a bit fragmented. It is natural, in the circumstances, for some people to feel slightly anxious about returning to school or coping with the changes to school routine. These activities, along with the accompanying assembly, 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 forms part of our rebuild and recover set of resources, designed to help schools come back together and support their pupils’ wellbeing after lockdown. This resource is designed for: children aged 3 to 11 use with whole classes Curriculum links England - PSHE Living in the wider world Pupils learn: • about the different roles and responsibilities people have in their community (KS1) • to value the different contributions that people and groups make to the community (KS2) Northern Ireland - Personal Development and Mutual Understanding• Personal Understanding and Health Pupils should be enabled to explore: • themselves and their personal attributes; (Foundation) • their self–esteem and self-confidence; (KS1) • their self-esteem, self-confidence and how they develop as individuals; (KS2) Mutual Understanding in the local and wider community Pupils should be enabled to explore: • learning to live as a member of a community; (Foundation) • developing themselves as members of a community (KS1) playing an active and meaningful part in the life of the community and being concerned about the wider environment. (KS2) Wales – Health and Wellbeing Statement 5 - Healthy relationships are fundamental to our well-being. Scotland - Health and Wellbeing Social Wellbeing • I recognise that each individual has a unique blend of abilities and needs. I contribute to making my school community one which values individuals equally and is a welcoming place for all. • Through contributing my views, time and talents, I play a part in bringing about positive change in my school and wider community.
Coronavirus toolkit - Resources for managing anxiety and improving wellbeing - Primary
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Coronavirus toolkit - Resources for managing anxiety and improving wellbeing - Primary

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This toolkit includes resources for school staff, parents and carers and children to help manage anxiety and improve wellbeing during the coronavirus crisis. You will find practical activities such as mindful crafts, breathing exercises and other self-care ideas, informative videos, emotional expression worksheets and helpful strategies to address anxiety. Suitable for: Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils, school staff, parents and carers. #coronavirus #covid19 #mentalhealth #wellbeing #anxiety
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
Coronavirus toolkit - return to school
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Coronavirus toolkit - return to school

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Schools and parents/carers can use these resources to prepare for the return to school in the autumn. Although some children have returned to school already, for many, the new autumn term will be their first time stepping into a classroom since lockdown began. Understandably, this may be a strange or worrying time for some children, parents and carers, and schools. We know that supporting children’s mental wellbeing during the return to school is a key priority for many of you. We’ve collected together lots of useful resources in this toolkit, all focused on making sure the return to classrooms in the autumn is a mentally healthy one. We’ve split the list of resources into two: one section is full of resources for parents and carers, featuring activities and tips for how to prepare their child for re-starting school in September the other section is focused on resources for schools for use in the autumn term or when planning for the new school year.