Complete Wellbeing Curriculum for Key Stage 3 & Key Stage 4
As schools re-open from Covid-19, this Wellbeing Curriculum resource (developed by Will Swaithes (The Learning Locker) and in association with Dr Liz Durden-Myers (PE Scholar)) provides an excellent foundation for classroom or distance learning of essential aspects of Physical Education and the RSE and Health Education curricula. Immediate priorities have shifted somewhat, and whilst we must ensure physical education is delivered in a practical setting as much as possible to develop physical literacy and a lifelong love of movement, with challenges around social distancing, changing room use and wet weather potentially rendering safer outside spaces for physical activity unusable at times, this resource is aimed at supporting meaningful classroom-based learning to deliver the broader aims of physical education. Adversity has enabled us to seek opportunities to achieve more through the physical education offer – to capitalise on the unique learning potential of our subject and also help meet the Personal Development strand of Ofsted’s Education Inspection Framework.
What’s in the Complete Wellbeing Curriculum package?
A sequence of 12 lessons have been developed, one set suitable for Key Stage 3 and another set suitable for Key Stage 4. To ease planning and preparation requirements on teachers at this stressful time, they will require minimal adaptation for separate year groups beyond the tailoring of support and questioning that would normally be expected to challenge individuals. That said, all resources are fully editable, and you are encouraged to adapt them to best meet the needs of your context and individual class requirements using the framework provided.
Each lesson is structured with an A.S.K of students – success criteria around Attitudes, Skills, and Knowledge and utilises powerful audio-visual messages from prominent role models from the world of sport and beyond to inspire with their stories and life hacks. The lessons are arranged with four main parts:
- Do now – an arrival activity to get students settled, thinking, and sharing what they know already about the given topic
- Do you recall – an opportunity to recap learning from the previous lesson and discuss challenges the students have engaged with before sharing the A.S.K of today’s lesson
- Dig deeper – an opportunity to understand more, often with a high impact diagram and/ or audio-visual links to help bring the content to life
- Reflect and challenge – a framework to support metacognition, target setting and a stretch challenge relating to the core theme of the lesson to be completed for homework
The following overview of lessons has a fairly progressive flow and is supported by a student workbook if you want to capture learning utilising the templates provided. You could also consider a mix and match (interleaving) approach once you become more familiar with the content. You may even decide that the block of lessons designed for key stage 3 are a good starting point for your students if you envisage significant time delivering classroom lessons.
Wellbeing Curriculum – Key Stage 3 Lessons
- Finding motivation – Reflecting on personal experiences during lockdown, considering aspirations and self-assessing your life-skills before setting targets for improvement. This lesson includes thinking about the future workplace and ideas about motivation from Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan.
- Empathy and compassion – How to improve your tolerance and appreciation of others with inspiration from Marcus Rashford and an improved sensitivity towards mental health that will help you be more mindful, grateful and aware. Using emojis to describe current feelings and setting targets to support others better.
- Managing change – Doctor William Bird helps explore the benefits of being active whilst inspiration from Tom Daley about how self-management is key to success with a need to be present and focusing on the moment rather than the past or the future.
- Skilful speaking – Exploring health, fitness and happiness before explaining and then advocating its value to influence others. This lesson includes inspiration from Ben Smith and Serena Williams.
- Creative thinking – Understanding your wheel of wellbeing, the benefits of getting outside and designing ways to be active no matter what. This lesson includes inspiration from outdoor adventurer and blogger Sophie Radcliffe.
- Taking responsibility – With inspiration from Dina Asher-Smith, explore ways to take responsibility for your life and healthy eating choices. Also discover how food affects your mood and how some foods are not as good for you as you might think.
- Listening and living – Kobe Bryant shares the importance of being yourself before Rio Ferdinand brings inspiration about work ethic, patience and listening to challenges like a growth spurt and his critics to fuel coming back even stronger. The science of listening is unpicked along with some top tips for developing the skill of listening.
- Integrity matters – Respect for others starts with respect for yourself before building meaningful friendships with honesty, courage and humility. Ade Adepitan shares his story of struggling to accept his disability before finding wheelchair sport and pushing himself to acceptance then success.
- Cool collaborator – Marcelino Sambé brings inspiration about being true to himself whilst recognising his heritage, responding to injury and recognising the talents of others. An overview of basic first aid and how to avoid injury is also covered.
- Showing resilience – Ideas for combatting stress and working hard for yourself following inspiration from Col Dame Kelly Holmes on repeated fights back from injury, breakdown resulting in self-harming and how she had to change her mindset to be kinder to herself and stop comparing to others.
- Motivating others – Nike adverts remind us of the power of people and importance of dreaming big before Tracey Neville and Ant Middleton share ideas for motivating others and more. Explore the idea of service, kindness, and social action.
- Evaluating effectiveness – Exploring self-respect and self-worth with some insight from Sir Chris Hoy on the importance of knowing you have done everything you could to prepare and be the best you can be. Understand more about components of fitness and recognising your own strengths.
Wellbeing Curriculum – Key Stage 4 Lessons
- Motivation – With inspiration from Michael Jordan and Max Whitlock to help explore what motivates you and why you should be motivated to keep physically active.
- Happiness and Mental Health – Understand more about happiness chemicals to ensure you get your DOSE from exercise. With insight from Simon Sinek and All Black legend Sir John Kirwan to help build a mental health plan that works for you.
- Values – Explore what is important to you with inspiration from Adam Gemili and a chance to set targets to live out your values every day.
- Facing your Fears – Think more about how to look after yourself, get the best from yourself and confront fears rather than bottling them up. Top tips and insight from Rachel McKenzie and Gareth Thomas.
- Obsession – Kobe Bryant talks about finding the most important thing to you to really find greatness whilst Jonny Wilkinson shares the realities of his obsession, how it affected his mental health and the difference between being number one and being no-one. Also consider the positives and negatives of social media on wellbeing.
- Adaptability – Leon Smith discusses adaptability, listening skills and growth mindset that have helped his own career but also that of Andy Murray. YST athlete mentors also share their top tips for reducing stress in challenging times as we explore the key to thriving in the modern day.
- Self-development – Ebony Rainford-Brent shares some of her setbacks and approach to overcoming adversity as we explore re-programming healthier habits for the morning, and bedtime, to get more out of yourself and out of life. Ebony discusses the ‘joy of missing out’ to replace FOMO.
- Mindfulness – Andy Puddicombe, co-founder of Headspace, shares insight and top tips on how mindfulness can be built into everyday habits that benefit everyone’s mental health. Recognising that looking after our minds is as important as looking after our bodies.
- No regrets – Olympic gold medallist Alex Danson shares her story of a recent traumatic brain injury, the importance of living with no regrets and how our mind and body are inextricably linked. We also explore healthy eating via the eat well plate.
- Pressure – Dave Alred and Sir Clive Woodward share top tips to effectively handle pressure and seek out opportunities to improve by entering the ugly zone whilst the Inverted-U Theory and an understanding of Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs) help prepare for optimum performance.
- Perspective – Professional rugby player Ed Jackson finds perspective as he faces the fear of lost independence after a swimming accident that left him quadriplegic. Hear his story and consider what small steps you can go through to make a positive change in your and understand the brain changing effects of exercise with Wendy Suzuki.
- Sleep and nutrition – Sleep coach to elite footballers, cyclists and more Nick Littehales shares some of the art and science to getting a better night sleep before James Haskell shares a few top tips for better nutrition.
Please note: You will need an internet connection and access to YouTube to utilise all aspects of this wellbeing resource as it contains links to highly impactful audio and video clips that you will not want to miss! Our sincere thanks goes to Simon Mundie, Jake Humphrey and Prof Damian Hughes for allowing us to feature great content from their amazing podcasts.
A brief structure for each session has been provided to give a one-page overview utilising the 5-minute lesson plan format but detailed suggestions for teachers are provided within the PowerPoint notes section and staff are encouraged to personalise to suit the needs of different groups and logistical arrangements for teaching (e.g. classroom or remote learning). As suggested earlier, where possible find ways for active and collaborative learning and/ or competition to help motivate and maximise learning and also consider utilising aspects of this content in assemblies and tutor time to reinforce learning.
Wellbeing Curriculum Mapping
This resource captures opportunities to learn key aspects of the physical education and PSHE national curricula, the RSE and health education policy and satisfies significant aspects of Ofsted’s personal development strand of inspection. Specific aspects of those documents that are effectively covered via these materials have been highlighted in the curriculum mapping document which can be downloaded below:
Each purchase also entitles you to register one email address to a dedicated Microsoft Teams channel hosted by Will Swaithes (The Learning Locker) who will be on hand to answer any questions about the resource and more importantly other likeminded colleagues who are utilising the lessons and hence will be able to share additional ideas and insight to further improve delivery.
About Will Swaithes (The Learning Locker)
Will Swaithes has over 20 years’ experience in education. As a teacher, teacher educator, school leader and mentor of teaching and learning he achieved Advanced Skills Teacher status in 2008 before becoming a Specialist Leader of Education in 2012. As an Assistant Head for Teaching and Learning, he introduced a life skills curriculum and has always been passionate about using active learning and the lessons and opportunities that can be learnt from physical activity and sport to improve the wellbeing of all children. Will also spent 4 years as Head of PE and Achievement for the Youth Sport Trust and continues to author and deliver training for them as well as working closely with Loughborough University, University of Buckingham and PE departments across the country keen to transform their offer to have more value and purpose.
Will ran a popular curriculum design series during lockdown which, combined with his drive to better meet the wellbeing needs of all children, inspired him to write this exciting resource and series of lessons for use at key stage 3 and 4. Materials can be easily adapted to suit all year groups and enable meaningful classroom learning (either in person when practical PE is not possible due to Covid-19 related restrictions or online if home learning is required). You could even use these ideas and resources for assemblies or tutor time activities and it is hoped that you will embed these within your holistic development offer well beyond Covid-19.