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FREE Wellbeing Blocks

Ruth Merttens By Ruth Merttens

End the term with a focus on children’s mental and emotional stability.

As we come up to the end of this most difficult, and, for some, traumatic year, why not use our fabulously creative Wellbeing Units. Categorised under maths and English, these materials provide a rehearsal of key skills in each subject but within the context of a wide variety of creative arts, drama and music activities. Just what you need to send children away for summer in the best possible frame of mind, hopefully making it more likely that the start of the new academic year in September will go well for them.

Time spent on children’s wellbeing is not wasted. On the contrary, being in a good place mentally, gives them the best possible basis for moving forward in their learning.

English
A block of work designed to allow children to express themselves in a safe way – paper sculpture, painting, modelling, composition, movement, music and drama. We use poems and stories to stimulate work specifically planned to enhance children’s wellbeing, to improve confidence and extend their mental space for learning.

Year 1 Spring: Colours and Monsters | Summer: Kites, Stars and Rockets
Year 2
Spring: Umbrellas and Rainbows | Summer: Dragons and Feelings
Year 3
Spring: Feeling and Growing | Summer: Great Realisation and 100 Steps
Year 4
Spring: Escapes and Dreams | Summer: Positive Steps and Ways Forward
Year 5 Spring: Ideas, weird and wonderful! | Summer: Wonderful World
Year 6
Spring: Positive Me! | Summer: Feel Empowered

Maths
A one-week unit focussed on key skills and fun maths, including paper sculpture, painting, modelling, drama, movement and music. Children practise tables and number facts and reinforce understanding of mathematical ideas in an unthreatening context, expressing feelings through art and music.

Year 1 Key skills through expressive arts: Spring block | Summer block
Year 2 Key skills through expressive arts: Spring block | Summer block
Year 3 Key skills through expressive arts: Spring block | Summer block
Year 4 Key skills through expressive arts: Spring block | Summer block
Year 5 Key skills through expressive arts: Spring block | Summer block
Year 6 Key skills through expressive arts: Spring block | Summer block

Please note that each of these wellbeing units was previously on the site for either spring or summer so you will need to select units you have not taught before.

Why are we doing this?

But at my back I always hear
Time’s winged chariot hurrying near…

Although teachers always feel time-pressure to move along, if ever there was an occasion when all our instincts should be saying ‘slow down’, this is it! Children need and deserve some time to get used to being back, to process what they have been through and to consolidate their learning. The brightest child in the country, as well as the most average, will benefit from a chance to express themselves through art, movement, drama and music. The fact that they are also getting back in the zone of their English and Maths learning is a welcome plus factor. But the main aim is and should be their recovery towards stronger mental health and readiness to learn.