PSHE KS2: Kristana - Be active

Clinical psychologist Dr Hazel Harrison and a young weight-lifter called Kristana find out why it’s so good for us to do exercise and keep active.

Kristana explains how weightlifting has helped her to feel better about herself, develop confidence in school and overcome challenges.

Throughout this series Dr Hazel introduces us to the five steps to wellbeing. In this film she explains what happens in our brains when we get active.

We learn about the positive effects that being active can have on our wellbeing, and how having a growth mindset can help us to keep our skills and our brain growing.

Teacher Notes

Exercise is anything that gets your body active and makes you a bit out of breath.

It's good for both your body and your mind.

Children need to exercise for about 60 minutes each day (but it doesn’t have to be all at one time).

Exercise helps you to feel good about yourself; encourages a better night’s sleep; helps you concentrate on work; helps you keep positive; and helps your body build healthy bones, muscles and joints.

When you exercise it releases little ‘feel good’ signals in your brain and gives you a positive boost.

Before watching the film

Watch the Teacher's guide with Dr Hazel Harrison and Natalie Costa for further support on wellbeing and growth mindset, as well as tips for using these resources.

This explains why the films were made and how they can be used, as well as offering guidance on growth mindset language and ways to integrate this into your daily teaching.

This film is produced with 7-12-year-olds in mind.

However, always make yourself familiar with the content and consider carefully whether it will be appropriate and of use for your class.

Once you are confident it is the right resource for your pupils, watch it through alone and consider how it would work best for you all.

Using the film

This is one of five films about wellbeing and developing a growth mindset.

They can be shown in any order and are designed to encourage children to think about their own wellbeing, and how they can learn to build good habits to support their mental health and develop a positive attitude.

Classroom ideas:

  • Start a group discussion about being active and the positive impact it can have on wellbeing.

  • Design a poster with all the different ways you can exercise.

  • Try writing about which exercises you love to do, and how they make you feel during and afterwards.

  • Explore how music helps us to keep active. What types of music inspire you to move your body?

How the film links to the PSHE Curriculum:

The film covers the core theme Health & Wellbeing for KS1 and KS2, delivering learning to pupils on the following points:

  • what keeping healthy means; different ways to keep healthy

  • strategies and behaviours that support mental health - including how good quality sleep, physical exercise/time outdoors, being involved in community groups, doing things for others, clubs, and activities, hobbies and spending time with family and friends can support mental health and wellbeing

  • how physical activity helps us to stay healthy; and ways to be physically active everyday

  • the different ways to rest and relax

  • the elements of a balanced, healthy lifestyle

  • choices that support a healthy lifestyle, and recognise what might influence these

  • how to recognise that habits can have both positive and negative effects on a healthy lifestyle

  • how regular (daily/weekly) exercise benefits mental and physical health (e.g. walking or cycling to school, daily active mile);

  • recognise opportunities to be physically active and some of the risks associated with an inactive lifestyle

  • that mental health, just like physical health, is part of daily life; the importance of taking care of mental health

  • to recognise that anyone can experience mental ill health; that most difficulties can be resolved with help and support; and that it is important to discuss feelings with a trusted adult.

Curriculum notes

This short film will be relevant for teaching PSHE at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 2nd Level in Scotland.

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