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Wellbeing activities KS2 – nature lesson plan

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Years 3-6

This wellbeing activities KS2 lesson plan delves into the themes of nature and wellbeing. It introduces outdoor learning opportunities linked to English, art and PSHE. You’ll explore emotions and help your pupils build up tools to deal with everyday stressors.

Creativity is an effective tool to explore emotions. Teaching children how to be mindful is a self-care technique that they can draw upon in times of need.

Now, more than ever, we need to equip our students with the tools to navigate an often busy and overwhelming world. And what better place to start than the familiar environment of their school grounds and local green spaces?

What they’ll learn

  • Teamwork skills by listening and responding to each other’s ideas
  • Self-care techniques connected to nature and the importance of time outdoors
  • How to use nature to inspire creative ideas

Starter KS2 wellbeing activity

Discuss how nature can ground and calm us and that when we activate our senses outdoors, we can feel more connected to our environment. Take your class outside and teach them the 5-4-3-2-1 grounding technique. This involves naming:

  • five things they can see
  • four things they can touch
  • three sounds they can hear
  • two things they can smell
  • one thing they can taste (what they can taste in their mouth already)

Gather feedback on how doing this made them feel, and relate it to connecting to nature and being mindful in the moment.

Emily Azouelos is a freelance writer and consultant.

Wellbeing activities KS2 lesson plan
Wellbeing activities KS2 – nature lesson plan
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