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Five lesson plans to support children and young people’s understanding of adversity, trauma and positive relationships, including strategies for developing resilience.
This curricular provides five lesson plans with guidance for school staff and additional resources to support the emotional and mental wellbeing of children and young people.
This resource aims to support children in understanding the impact of adversity, trauma, empathy and positive relationships, as well as providing coping strategies to deal with challenges they may face.
Using this resource
This resource is designed for:
- children aged 7 to 11
- use by the whole class, or it can be adapted for use in small groups
Please note that because these resources are so extensive, they have not been fully quality-assured by our team. Education Scotland is a trusted source for content with its own quality assurance process, so we have still included it. Do read through our guidance for using resources before using this resource.
Scotland – Health & Wellbeing
Mental and Emotional Wellbeing
• I am aware of and able to express my feelings and am developing the ability to talk about them.
• I know that we all experience a variety of thoughts and emotions that affect how we feel and behave, and I am learning ways of managing them.
• I understand that my feelings and reactions can change depending upon what is happening within and around me. This helps me to understand my own behaviour and the way others behave.
• I know that friendship, caring, sharing, fairness, equality and love are important in building positive relationships. As I develop and value relationships, I care and show respect for myself and others.
• I understand the importance of mental wellbeing and that this can be fostered and strengthened through personal coping skills and positive relationships. I know that it is not always possible to enjoy good mental health and that if this happens there is support available.
• I am learning skills and strategies which will support me in challenging times, particularly in relation to change and loss.
• As I explore the rights to which I and others are entitled, I am able to exercise these rights appropriately and accept the responsibilities that go with them. I show respect for the rights of others.
• 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.