EYFS

SEAL - Changes Theme

This EYFS booklet from the SEAL resource, teaches children how to cope with an unexpected change. It supports children to think about how to change their behaviour for the better and also to make the best of an unwelcome change. Activities are arranged stages of development order.

Key Stage 1

SEAL - Changes Theme

This theme tackles the issue of change and aims to equip children with an understanding of
different types of change, positive and negative, and common human responses to it. The
theme seeks to develop children’s ability to understand and manage the feelings associated
with change. It aims to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in three key social and
emotional aspects of learning: motivation, social skills and managing feelings.

Return to School assemblies and lesson plans from Place2Be

Drawing on themes including hope, gratitude and connectedness, these assembly and class activity ideas are intended as a universal resource for all children, and staff are invited to use them as starting points to promote emotional wellbeing and resilience for all.

Key Stage 2

SEAL - Changes Theme Y3 and Y4

This theme tackles the issue of change and aims to equip children with an understanding of
different types of change, positive and negative, and common human responses to it. The
theme seeks to develop children’s ability to understand and manage the feelings associated
with change. It aims to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in three key social and
emotional aspects of learning: motivation, social skills and managing feelings.

Getting to know me

This activity allows pupils to set goals for the future academic year, reflect on themselves, their strengths and their weaknesses and practice letter writing.

SEAL - Changes Theme Y5 and Y6

This theme tackles the issue of change and aims to equip children with an understanding of
different types of change, positive and negative, and common human responses to it. The
theme seeks to develop children’s ability to understand and manage the feelings associated
with change. It aims to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in three key social and
emotional aspects of learning: motivation, social skills and managing feelings.

Dealing with change

This lesson plan, PowerPoint and accompanying videos help you explore with your class the expected and unexpected changes people may face in their lives, and help students identify strategies for managing change.

Gratitude Heart

An activity to promote feelings of gratitude.

Doors of opportunity

An activity from Young Minds for staff and pupils to complete in school or at home to reflect on the positive aspects of the previous year, the challenges and the new opportunities that lie ahead.

Jar of Courage

Resources to create 'Jars of courage' with the  focus on delivering positive, encouraging messages.

Thought Challenging

Sometimes it can be really hard to keep thinking positively, especially when it feels like bad things keep on happening to us.  Try this exercise to help develop a more positive way of thinking.

Change Tunnel Activity

This activity can be used with Year 6 children when they are transitioning to secondary school, but also can apply to any changing situations. Children can feel anxious and/or excited about changes like coming back to school. Feeling isolated can heighten anxiety. This activity helps children to share their worries and anticipation and promotes a feeling of reassurance.

We'll meet again

Place2Be have put together a series of resources focusing on community recovery and helping you to bring your school back together. They have split these resources into four themes (self-efficacy, hope, gratitude and connectedness), with each drawing upon some of the factors that underpin wellbeing and positive psychology.These assembly and class/group ideas are intended as a universal resource for all children, and staff are invited to use them as starting points to promote emotional wellbeing, resilience and recovery.

Gratitude Journal

Keeping a journal has been proven to help increase happiness and lower stress. It really doesn’t matter if an event is something as simple as eating your favourite sweets, playing a game with your friends or hearing your favourite song on a playlist. If it made you feel happy – then it’s important. Write it down or draw it and try and explain what it was about the event that made you happy!

Return to School assemblies and lesson plans from Place2Be

Drawing on themes including hope, gratitude and connectedness, these assembly and class activity ideas are intended as a universal resource for all children, and staff are invited to use them as starting points to promote emotional wellbeing and resilience for all.

Key Stage 3

Hope Clouds Activity

This activity fits well with the beginning of the new academic year and is a good way to encourage staff and pupils to think about their aspirations, especially in relation to mental health and wellbeing.

Looking forward - being hopeful

An activity to explore the idea of gratitude and future hope whilst acknowledging difficulties being faced.

Doors of opportunity

An activity from Young Minds for staff and pupils to complete in school or at home to reflect on the positive aspects of the previous year, the challenges and the new opportunities that lie ahead.

Celebrating achievements

This activity can help pupils look back over the year to see just how far they have come. Pupils will have had a range of experiences especially during lockdown, so it’s important to value a broad variety of achievements. Celebrating these successes and how they make us feel can be a positive way to finish the year.

Jar of Courage

Resources to create 'Jars of courage' with the  focus on delivering positive, encouraging messages.

Gratitude Journal

Keeping a journal has been proven to help increase happiness and lower stress. It really doesn’t matter if an event is something as simple as eating your favourite sweets, playing a game with your friends or hearing your favourite song on a playlist. If it made you feel happy – then it’s important. Write it down or draw it and try and explain what it was about the event that made you happy!

Change Tunnel Activity

This activity can be used with Year 6 children when they are transitioning to secondary school, but also can apply to any changing situations. Children can feel anxious and/or excited about changes like coming back to school. Feeling isolated can heighten anxiety. This activity helps children to share their worries and anticipation and promotes a feeling of reassurance.

Dealing with change

This lesson plan, PowerPoint and accompanying videos help you explore with your class the expected and unexpected changes people may face in their lives, and help students identify strategies for managing change.

Dealing with change lesson pack

Explore the nature of change and identify some strategies to help deal with changing situations and relationships.

Return to School assemblies and lesson plans from Place2Be

Drawing on themes including hope, gratitude and connectedness, these assembly and class activity ideas are intended as a universal resource for all children, and staff are invited to use them as starting points to promote emotional wellbeing and resilience for all.

Key Stage 4

Gratitude Journal

Keeping a journal has been proven to help increase happiness and lower stress. It really doesn’t matter if an event is something as simple as eating your favourite sweets, playing a game with your friends or hearing your favourite song on a playlist. If it made you feel happy – then it’s important. Write it down or draw it and try and explain what it was about the event that made you happy!

Doors of opportunity

An activity from Young Minds for staff and pupils to complete in school or at home to reflect on the positive aspects of the previous year, the challenges and the new opportunities that lie ahead.

Celebrating achievements

This activity can help pupils look back over the year to see just how far they have come. Pupils will have had a range of experiences especially during lockdown, so it’s important to value a broad variety of achievements. Celebrating these successes and how they make us feel can be a positive way to finish the year.

Doors of opportunity

An activity from Young Minds for staff and pupils to complete in school or at home to reflect on the positive aspects of the previous year, the challenges and the new opportunities that lie ahead.

Dealing with change lesson pack

Explore the nature of change and identify some strategies to help deal with changing situations and relationships.

Return to School assemblies and lesson plans from Place2Be

Drawing on themes including hope, gratitude and connectedness, these assembly and class activity ideas are intended as a universal resource for all children, and staff are invited to use them as starting points to promote emotional wellbeing and resilience for all.

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