K-6 wellbeing sessions

Watch Feelings statues on Brightcove (17:28)

Overview

  • Suitable for: Kindergarten to Year 2
  • Session overview: The students are going to be feelings statues. Statues stand still but these statues are going to move and change. These statues are going to show feelings. Once the student has practised being the feeling statue, they will be asked to think about things that make them feel that emotion. They could write/draw/say out loud to a parent/carer, or they could use a class Jamboard or similar, to share and compare ideas if this is a whole class activity. The video does not need to be paused for each activity – there will be 60 seconds of silence for the students to undertake this writing/drawing/speaking activity.

Watch Positive self talk for kids on Brightcove (2:52)

Overview

  • Suitable for: Year 3 to Year 6
  • Session overview: Let’s see if together, we can make you feel better than you do right now, even if that is already pretty good.

Steps

  1. Open your workbook to a new page, and write the title “Positive Self-Talk”.
  2. Watch the video on screen – or you can read the words in the transcript.
  3. In your workbook, write a sentence in your own words, or copy a sentence you think is best, about what Positive Self-Talk is. “Positive Self Talk is….”
  4. Now brainstorm some positive words you like to hear from your teacher, friends, or people you live with, like “good, kind, nice, smart, talented, helpful”.
  5. Draw a speech bubble on your page, and use words from your brainstorm to write yourself a Positive Self-Talk message, like, “I am smart” , “I don’t give up” or something you like to hear about yourself from others.
  6. Open the PDF or follow the link to the Kids Helpline Positive Self-Talk Info Sheet, and read the speech bubbles. Which one did you like the best?
  7. Pick 1 Positive Self-Talk thing from the Info Sheet that you would like to try saying to yourself. Like… “I am strong – I will sort this”. Good - now try saying it to yourself! If it felt a bit strange, say it a few times until it feels more natural.
  8. If you already have a positive thing you know how to say to yourself to feel better, write it, draw it, or say it – or do all 3!
  9. You are doing an awesome job of learning a healthy mind skill! And remember - the more you practice, the better at it you will be!

Additional resources

Session 1

Watch Sleeping well lesson 1 on Brightcove (3:06)

Overview

  • Suitable for: Year 3 to Year 6
  • Session overview: This is the first session in a series of 2 sessions about sleeping well and how to have healthy sleep habits. We will start by exploring what happens during sleep and then look at why we need good quality sleep to be happy, healthy and enjoy life.  There will be a sleep diary that you will start and come back to talk about in the next session on sleep. 

Steps

  1. Firstly watch the introduction video on Sleeping Well. (3 minutes) 
  2. Go to your workbook and start a new page called Sleeping Well. 
  3. Figure this out! Kids need 10-12 hours of sleep.  Imagine you get up at 7:00am in the morning, what time should you go to sleep at night to get the number of hours sleep that you need? 
  4. Do This! Write down 3 or 4 reasons you learned from the video about why kids need lots of good sleep. 
  5. Write down 3 things you heard in the video about why kids  might find it hard to sleep well. 
  6. To find out how healthy your sleep habits are you are going to keep a sleep diary for one week. Copy the Sleep diary template (PDF 139KB) into your workbook or print it off. 
  7. Begin to fill in the diary by recording the following
    1. the time you went to bed last night 
    2. the time you woke up this morning 
    3. the number of minutes it took you to fall asleep last night (this can be a rough guess) 
    4. the total amount of sleep you had  
  8. Record the same information in your sleep diary each morning for the next 7 days. We will look at your sleep diary in the next session on sleep. 

Session 2 – routines and tips

Watch Sleeping well lesson 2 on Brightcove (4.:41)

Overview

  • Suitable for: Year 3 to Year 6
  • Session overview: Last week we looked at good sleep habits. Today we will check how your sleep has been this last week, learn more about what helps us to sleep better, and think about our own bedtime habits to help get a good night’s sleep!

Steps

  1. Go to your workbook and start a new page with the title Sleeping Well Lesson 2.
  2. Check your sleep diary. How many hours of sleep did you get each day? Count how many days you got between 10-12 hours sleep. Write the answers in your book.
  3. Watch the video to learn more about healthy sleep habits.
  4. Write 3 things you remember about Healthy sleep habits.
  5. Write 3 things you remember about Unhealthy sleep habits
  6. “Bedrooms are for sleeping”. What does this mean? Write a sentence or two, explaining it from your point of view.
  7. What is one part of your sleep routine that you think you do well and should keep doing?
  8. Finish this sentence: “I would change... (one thing in your sleep routine) because...”
  9. Check this out! Look at the checklist for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep, you can follow the on-line link, or open the PDF.
  10. Congratulations! By keeping a Sleep Diary and counting your hours of sleep, you are now officially a scientist who has been doing research on sleep patterns! This will help you to focus, feel energised each day and stay healthy.

Additional resources

Book one of four

Watch Growth mindset 1 on Brightcove (6:26)

  • Suitable for: Early Stage 1 and Stage 1
  • Overview: Craig Crocodile is having trouble making friends. Bunyet  shows Craig how to use growth mindset to overcome his snappiness.

Book two of four

Watch Growth mindset 2 on Brightcove (5:43).

  • Suitable for: Early Stage 1 and Stage 1
  • Overview: Jenny Joey finds it hard to sit still and follow instructions without getting distracted. Bunyet helps her improve her growth mindset and improve her focus.

Listen to the Finding the positives in ourselves audio (4:00)

Overview

  • Suitable for: Year 3 to Year 6

Steps

  • Finding the positive in ourselves is an important way of being kind to ourselves, and this helps us to be kind to others too. 
  • Today, you will listen to a short, guided meditation on finding the positive in you,. When you finish you will think, write, or draw what you noticed doing the activity.   
  • Firstly, think about whether the way you feel affects how you are breathing. 
  • Now think about these questions  
    • What is your breathing like when you are happy? 
    • What is your breathing like when you are upset or angry? 
    • Can you slow down your breathing if you try?  Give it a go – take a few slow, deep breaths! 
  • Listen to the audio Finding the positives in ourselves. You might like to find a soft toy to put on your belly while you listen, so find one before you start. 
  • After you have listened to the audio, get out your workbook or a piece of paper and write the heading:  
  • “What I noticed”.  Write a paragraph or draw a picture about anything you noticed about your breath during the meditation, how you felt, what was difficult or easy about doing this activity or anything else that you experienced. 
  • Now write or draw the positive thing that you found in your day, and the thing you thought of that you are proud about. 
  • Great effort – you have just practiced finding the positive in your day and being kind to yourself! 

Transcript

Today, I'm going to take you on a guided journey of self-compassion and kindness to find the positive in yourself. Afterwards, you'll feel relaxed and good inside.

You can learn to do this by yourself if you like it. Just listen to my voice - that's all you have to do. It will take about 5 minutes.

Lie down somewhere comfortable and let your arms and legs fall to the ground. Close your eyes gently. Start to notice how your body changes with each breath you take. Each time you breathe, your belly moves up and your belly moves down.

If it's easier, put a hand on your belly. Or if you want, put a soft toy there. Each time you breathe, your belly moves. Your hand or your toy rises and then falls. See if you can count ten breaths that way. Breathing in, one. Breathing out, one. Breathing in, two. Breathing out, two. Keep breathing and counting.

When you lose count, don't worry about it. That's normal and happens to everyone. Come back to whatever number you last remember or just start at one again.

Breathing in, focus on your breath as your belly goes up. Breathing out, focus on something that has gone well today so far. Breathing in, noticing your belly move and with each breath out, noticing something else that has gone well today.

Breathing in, focus on your belly moving. Breathing out, picture something that makes you proud of yourself. If nothing comes to mind - that sometimes happens. If that's how you feel, picture what you'd wish for yourself instead.

Before we end, let's try one more breathing practice. Breathing in, notice your belly move. And now, breathing out, picture someone who makes you happy. As you come to the end of this journey, take a few deep breaths and start to wiggle your arms and legs.

Just have a quiet moment to yourself and decide what you'd like to do next. It's normal to have thoughts that make us feel scared or bad. We should never ignore anything important, but it's useful to focus on the rest of our lives too. Take a few minutes every day to notice what has gone well and see how much better you feel.

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