PSHE KS2: Rachel - Take notice

Clinical psychologist Dr Hazel Harrison and Rachel, a member of the Youth Parliament Committee, explore the importance of ‘taking notice’.

Rachel shares how she takes notice of the issues that are happening around her and how she tries to make a positive change.

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 take notice of what is happening around us.

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

Teacher Notes

Taking notice of the people, issues, occurences and things around you can help you to be in the present moment, taking notice of the ‘here and now’.

Savouring a positive experience can help to increase feelings of positivity.

Reflecting on your own thoughts and feelings will help appreciate what really matters.

Speaking out for the things you believe in can increase your wellbeing - feeling good and doing good are closely connected.

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 people in the public eye that have taken notice to help make a change.

  • Discuss the different ways in which we can take notice to bring ourselves to the present moment.

  • Try a mindfulness exercise to encourage pupils to notice their breath.

  • Have a ‘take notice’ walk around the school and see if pupils can spot things they’ve never noticed before.

How the film links to PSHE Curriculum:

The films cover the core theme of 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

  • to value the different contributions that people and groups make to the community

  • 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

  • ways of carrying out shared responsibilities for protecting the environment in school and at home; how everyday choices can affect the environment (e.g. reducing, reusing, recycling; food choices).

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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