PSHE Lesson Plans and Resources
Below, you will find a number of different lesson plans, that have been produced to promote a wide array of different health and wellbeing areas. Often, the lesson plans contain accompanying resources to help promote key health and wellbeing messages to children and young people. Many of the resources and lesson plans have been accredited by the PSHE Association and the age they are aimed at, is stated in the title. A number of the lesson plans have been created, with the idea of delivering the sessions to a whole class, however there is no reason why staff working either with individual children or groups, could not use the resources and adapt them as appropriate. Click on the title of each resource, to find out more information and to access the resource.
General Resources and Lesson Plans
The Disrespect NoBody campaign, builds on the Government’s previous 'This is Abuse' campaign, and is aimed at preventing abusive behaviours within relationships. The teaching resource helps young people to understand what a healthy relationship is, to re-think their views of controlling behaviour, violence, abuse and consent and directs them to places to go for help and advice. It aims to help young people to develop key skills and attributes such as: empathy, respect, communication and negotiation so that they can enjoy healthy relationships both as they grow up and in adulthood.
The 'What is Cancer' lesson plans, from the Teenage Cancer Trust, are designed to increase pupils’ understanding of cancer, help them to identify its most common signs in teenagers and also to feel more comfortable about discussing the topic while challenging some common misconceptions.
This lesson for Key Stage Two pupils, from the CO Awareness charity, should be used as part of a series of lessons designed to support pupils’ understanding of managing and reducing risks to physical, emotional and mental health. It enables pupils to understand the potential risks of CO emissions and what they need to know to help reduce those risks.
This Barclays LifeSkills programme, provides educators with more than 50 hours of free curriculum linked employability resources - including videos, activities and lesson plans, as well as interactive tools for young people. Focus areas include: how to make informed choices and be enterprising and ambitious; how to develop employability, team working and leadership skills and develop flexibility and resilience and how personal financial choices can affect ourselves and others.
This set of free downloadable resources by Railway Children, provides opportunities to explore important issues associated with why children and young people run away.The lessons are designed to help pupils understand the risks of running away, and identify safer alternatives and people who may be able to help them. In addition, the resource provides scope to explore issues which relate to emotional wellbeing and mental health such as friendships and bullying, family life, homelessness, child sexual exploitation and domestic violence.
This Alcohol Education Trust workbook, provides resources and guidance for secondary school teachers to use in lessons. The focus of the resource pack is on enabling pupils to make informed choices about alcohol use. The pack includes teacher notes, worksheets, discussion-based work, group work, true or false ‘myth busters’ and links to interactive games, quizzes and activities. These materials can be adapted to suit the knowledge and experience of pupils. The workbook provides material about alcohol units, the law, alcohol and its effects, how to stay safe and how to resist peer pressure. There are also leaflets for parents and teens available.
The NSPCC Underwear Rule teaching resource, supports practitioners to deliver messages to pupils that help keep them safe from harm and abuse. The resource - aimed primarily at pupils aged 5-9 – includes a lesson plan, pupil activity resources, teacher guidance and more. Using the acrostic message PANTS, the resource aims to deliver the key messages that: Privates are private; always remember your body belongs to you; no means no; talk about secrets that upset you and speak up, someone can help.
This thorough, professional and inventive suite of resources, provided by THINK! comprehensively covers all key stages, provides a wealth of positive road safety learning opportunities for pupils. The 25 lesson packs help to cover a range of road safety topics and are clearly differentiated between Key Stages, with each lesson pack including a lesson plan, links to road safety teaching resources and activities. The particularly impressive resources encourage pupils to construct their own resources and then offer online enrichment activities to supplement this.
Please note, more information about online safety can be found on our website, via this link.
The Share Aware teaching resources and lesson plans have been created by NSPCC to provide straightforward, no-nonsense advice which will untangle the web, and let you know how, as a teacher or practitioner, you can show your pupils ways to be to be safe online. These teaching resources support you to deliver the ‘stay safe’ messages to pupils. They’ve been written in conjunction with teachers, producers of educational resources and experts from the NSPCC – and have been piloted in primary schools to make sure that pupils respond to them.
Other online safety resources, are available from:
- Childnet International - Childnet International STAR Toolkit (SEN focus)
- CEOP Command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)
- Digital Parenting (Vodafone)
- Lucy Faithfull Foundation and Parents Protect
- Parent Info
- South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL)
- UK Council for Child Internet Safety
Emotional health, wellbeing and self-esteem
Please note, more information about emotional health and wellbeing can be found on our website, via this link.
DEAL is a teaching resource that has been developed by Samaritans. Activities are designed to be inclusive of all abilities and learning styles. The resources are aimed at students aged 14 and over, but some teachers may feel the resource is appropriate for younger pupils, depending on students' previous learning, their level of maturity and understanding, as well as their needs. The DEAL resources are a set of lesson plans and activities that are divided into: emotional health, coping strategies, dealing with feeling and connecting with others (communication skills). There are a number of core lesson plans focussed on the before mentioned areas and then twenty minute follow up sessions (which could perhaps be delivered in tutor time). There are sessions on exam stress and coping strategies.
The Diana Award Anti-Bullying Campaign has teamed up with ASOS to launch #MySenseOfSelf, a brand new project exploring body image, body confidence and self-esteem. From speaking to young people and staff across the country through our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Programme, a lesson plan has been created for teachers or staff members to use. This resource aims to encourage students to open up a discussion with their peers about body image and is packed full of interactive activities. It contains everything you need to run a 1-hour class or a number of shorter sessions, and explores 3 core themes: social media and its impact; celebrating difference; and developing self-esteem.
Media Smart, is a not-for-profit organisation providing educational materials for teachers, parents and youth organisations, to help young people evaluate the advertising they come across in their daily lives. These free Key Stage 2 and 3 resources – created by independent experts and supported by the Government Equalities Office – are designed to enable teachers to build pupils’ emotional resilience as they learn to engage more deeply with the messages and methods of advertising. The resources are designed to be fully inclusive and suitable for co-educational delivery.
The producers of channel 4’s acclaimed show Naked Beach, recognised it was important to provide a quality resource which focussed on boy’s and men’s body image and didn’t restrict conversations around women’s confidence to body shape/size. These resources are for years 9-11 (13 to 16 years) and the video clips and lesson plans can be downloaded using this link.
The Be Real Campaign’s mission is to change attitudes to body image and help all of us put health above appearance and be confident in our bodies.
We have produced a toolkit for schools because we know that in order to tackle body confidence later in life, it is essential that it begins from an early age. Secondary schools are a key setting for young people to discuss and challenge body confidence issues, with both teachers and students playing an important role in how this happens.
Our Somebody Like Me and In Your Face research show that body confidence has a direct impact on students’ academic performance and general wellbeing. Working with a team of experts and teachers, the Be Real Campaign created the Body Confidence Campaign Toolkit for Schools to help develop body confidence in all your students so they can thrive both in and out of the classroom.
Aligned to promote adolescent body confidence, the free downloadable tools are designed to allow teachers of 11 - 14 year olds and schools to run body-confidence workshops. The workshops allow teachers and pupils to explore the impact that image ideals portrayed through the media have on young people's self-esteem.
Low body confidence and self-esteem affect young people's learning. Anxiety about appearance has been linked to poorer concentration and less engagement in class, resulting in worse academic performance. Globally, eight out of 10 girls admit to opting out of important everyday activities, such as engaging with friends or loved ones, because of concern about their looks.
Childnet Myth Vs Reality PSHE Toolkit
Teaching about Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Lesson Plans - 5-16 year olds
It is suggested that before teaching the PSHE Association sessions, which are for Key Stage One to Key Stage Four, the PSHE Association’s guidance document ‘Preparing to teach about mental health and emotional wellbeing’ is read. The lesson plans are designed to be used flexibly, with a wide range of activities offered. Many teachers or staff will select the lessons most relevant for their pupils and adapt them as appropriate. The plans are based on one-hour lessons; however the timings indicated on the plans are the minimum time required to deliver the activities, and teachers may choose to dedicate two hours to each lesson.
Expect Respect Lesson Plans - 5-16 year olds
The Expect Respect Educational Toolkit consists of one easy to use ‘Core’ lesson for each year group from Reception to Year Eleven and is based on themes that have been found to be effective in tackling domestic abuse. Although the Expect Respect Education Toolkit is targeted for use by teachers within schools, it can just as easily be used by a range of other professionals working with children and young people in a variety of settings such as youth clubs or play schemes. You do not need to download the whole toolkit. You can just download the introductory section and the year that is appropriate to the age group you are working with.
This Change4Life resource helps to keep Reception and Year 6 pupils healthy and also have fun! The ‘Our Healthy Year’ toolkits are designed to build healthy habits in children during the school years, in which they are weighed and measured (linked to the National Child Measurement Programme). Developed with educational experts, the activities are flexible and easy to use to help teachers build fun, healthy curriculum-linked activity into their existing lessons and everyday routines. Although these activities are created for Reception and Year Six, teachers from other classes will be able to use the resources to gain ideas.
Food Detectives Lesson Plan - Key Stage One and Key Stage Two (click on the appropriate Key Stage to access)
Developed by educational experts, the Change4Life Food Detectives toolkit offers a wide range of fun and engaging activities that can be used within the classroom and at home. These resources have been designed to be flexible – you can choose how to fit them into your timetable. There is a Key Stage One and Two lesson, but they consist of lots of activity ideas, which can be used by different teachers, as they consider it appropriate.
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