PSHE KS2: Mjd - Give to others

Clinical psychologist Dr Hazel Harrison and a school pupil called Mjd explain why it’s important for us to give to others.

Mjd explains how he used a growth mindset to learn English, and how he 'gives to others’ by translating for his classmates and helping them learn.

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 give to others.

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

Teacher Notes

When you give to others, it helps you to feel good too. Giving helps you to have a sense of purpose and belonging, and being kind can signal the brain to release ‘feel good’ chemicals.

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

  • The film can be used to start a group discussion about a time that someone did something really kind for them and a time that they did something for someone else. How it made them feel?

  • Explore the idea of ‘paying it forward’. Does being kind make other people more likely to be kind too?

  • Ask pupils to list different ways in which we can give to others

  • Write a newspaper article about someone you feel gives to others

  • Investigate people in history who gave to others, such as Edith Cavel, Florence Nightingale, Harriet Tubman and Thomas Barnardo.

How the film links to 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

  • 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

  • diversity: what it means; the benefits of living in a diverse community; about valuing diversity within communities

  • the importance of having compassion towards others; shared responsibilities we all have for caring for other people and living things; how to show care and concern for others.

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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