The below resources were created by mental health experts for Now and Beyond 2022 and are available for KS1–4. They are all downloadable and free of charge to make it as easy as possible to facilitate conversations with young people about their mental health.
We hope you’ll find them useful and easy to roll out in your settings!
Lesson Plans from Festival Day:
Time flexible lesson plans are available to download, free of charge. Lesson plans have been developed for KS1-KS4 that focus on one of three themes: kindness, gratitude or resilience.
We want Now and Beyond to be inclusive for all. All of our live streams were captioned to make them as accessible as possible.
We also asked our friends at What Colour Is Your Dragon to produce dedicated SEND/ASN materials that will allow parents/carers and educators to support their children. WCIYD is a social and emotional learning programme. Below is a lesson plan for SEND/ASN pupils about exploring emotions using three colours.
Additionally, the wonderful people at OutLET: Play Resource have kindly supplied some outdoor learning activities to support children with additional needs connect with nature in a way that boosts their mental health and wellbeing. OutLET: Play Resource are passionate about the combined benefits of play, nature and the outdoors on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.
Neurodiverse friendly lesson
Jonny Benjamin’s Glitter Jar
Jonny shows you how to make a glitter jar which represents our minds on a bad day. When we shake the jar the glitter goes wild, our thoughts and feelings whirl. But as we practice mindfulness the glitter starts to settle.