Understanding stress – YoungMinds & Beano

This lesson introduces children aged 3 to 11 to the concept of stress and how to cope with it.


The lesson will help children:

  • understand what stress can feel like
  • how it affects our emotions and our bodies
  • helpful things that they can do to combat stress


Using this resource

This resource is designed for:

  • children aged 3 to 11
  • use with whole classes

There are two packs available for learners in the Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2 in Wales, the First and Second Level in Scotland, and KS1 & 2 in England.

This resource includes a lesson plan, PowerPoint for delivering the lesson and an extension worksheet encouraging children to think further about stress.


Curriculum links

England - RSHE

Mental wellbeing

Pupils should know:

• that there is a normal range of emotions (e.g. happiness, sadness, anger, fear, surprise, nervousness) and scale of emotions that all humans experience in relation to different experiences and situations

where and how to seek support (including recognising the triggers for seeking support), including whom in school they should speak to if they are worried about their own or someone else’s mental wellbeing or ability to control their emotions (including issues arising online)

Wales – Health and Wellbeing

Statement 2 - How we process and respond to our experiences affects our mental health and emotional well-being.

Statement 3 - Our decision-making impacts on the quality of our lives and the lives of others.


Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

• 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 am learning skills and strategies which will support me in challenging times, particularly in relation to change and loss.

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