PSHE KS2: Dan - Connect with others

Clinical psychologist Dr Hazel Harrison and a young magician called Dan find out why it’s important to connect with other people.

Dan has Asperger Syndrome, also known as Asperger's, and sometimes finds it difficult to connect with people. In this short film he shares his experiences of learning magic, using his growth mindset, and using magic tricks to help him connect with other people.

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 connect with other people.

We learn about the positive effects that connecting with people can have on our wellbeing, and how having a growth mindset can help us to keep our knowledge and our brain growing.

Teacher notes

Social relationships are critical to our wellbeing and can protect us from mental health problems.

Our relationships can help us to feel like we belong, so it's important that we make the time and space to connect with our friends and family, but also to make new connections.

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

  • Use the film to start a class conversation about why it important to connect and communicate with people.

  • Discuss the different ways in which we can connect with people and the different relationships we have.

  • Ask pupils for four different topics of conversation. Get pupils to talk in pairs with someone in the class that they wouldn’t usually interact with. Ask them to talk about the four different points to help them connect with one another.

  • Play Connection Bingo: create a list that asks ‘who plays the guitar’, ‘who likes pineapple’, ‘who has been on a plane’, etc and get the children to talk to other pupils in the class to see if they can find someone for each item on the list.

How the film links to the PSHE curriculum:

The films cover 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

  • the different ways to rest and relax

  • the elements of a balanced, healthy lifestyle

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

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

  • how people make friends

  • the importance of friendships; strategies for building positive friendships; how positive friendships support wellbeing

  • that healthy friendships make people feel included.

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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