Interactive workshops for school years Reception to 9, designed to improve pupil resilience and increase understanding of mental health.
Interactive workshops for school years Reception to 9, designed to improve pupil resilience and increase understanding of mental health difficulties.
At the Mind Map we believe that in order to feel emotionally secure, and thereby engage in academic learning, children need to feel seen, safe and secure. To this end, we have developed a number of programmes that can be delivered as either part of a whole school PSHE programme or as individual workshops, aimed at promoting resilience, improving emotional literacy and encouraging better understanding and awareness of mental health difficulties.
Recognising the constraints on school budgets, we offer all of our workshops free of charge. Our only request is that the school commits to engage in some form of fundraising on behalf of The Mind Map.
Each child has a Mind Map flower on which they put a ‘feeling’ caterpillar. School staff are encouraged to engage in discussion with the children regarding any changes in their choice of caterpillar throughout the day.
A Mind Map story about a caterpillar who meets with different children to discuss any one of 17 feelings, including aspects around how each feeling is experienced, how best they can be managed and how to practice being calm. School staff are encouraged to adopt a ‘weekly feeling’ and encourage children to engage with better understanding of that feeling using individual and whole class rewards.
Each child builds up a Mind Map shield outlining who they are and what they can say or do to help ‘bounce off’ any negativity and build their resilience.
Each child builds up a picture of a Mind Map mobile phone with respective phone apps outlining who they are and what they can say or do to help ‘block’ any negativity and build their resilience.
Whole class discussion around the brain and building up positive neuronal pathways. Pupils are then encouraged to complete a fun Mind Map worksheet looking at how they can feed their brain to build up positive neuronal pathways leading to better decision making and resilience.
Whole class discussion on the journey of adolescence and how we change and develop our sense of self during these sometimes turbulent years. Pupils are invited to complete a Mind Map worksheet to illustrate these changes.