Which me do you see?
How can we empower young people to value themselves and support their own mental wellbeing?
This resource is part of our Teaching for Creativity series
In these three learning sequences, pupils explore their own emotions and expand their vocabulary around discussing their's and other people’s feelings around friendships and developing positive relationships.
The creative tasks help take the emphasis away from an embarrassing or delicate subject area, allowing space for pupils to feel safe and supported in exploring personal issues and enabling them to challenge and explore their feelings and the feelings of others. Whilst hands are active, a mental space is created for reflections to be made without pupils feeling under pressure.
Relationships and Sex Education, Key Stage 3
- Mental Wellbeing – understanding what affects our mental wellbeing
- Caring Friendships – exploring positive and negative effects on others
- Respectful Relationships – exploring how we represent ourselves on social media
Objectives and outcomes
- I can value myself and recognise the importance of my own mental wellbeing
- I can reflect on how I and others represent ourselves on social media and the impact of this
- I can understand the impact of my actions on others
- I am critically evaluating how I present myself in the real world
- I have shown discipline in practising my communication skills
- I am improving my creative reflection skills
Creative habit: Disciplined
Pupil confidence can be built through creative activities that explore the uncertain or the unexpected.
These sequences focus on the skill of discipline, with reflective elements to unpick how they felt about this creative habit.
They will start to use deliberate practice to target the hard parts of conversation skills and learn to articulate what it means to craft and improve, reflect critically and self-assess their own development, effort and personal performance.
In this short CPD video, Artist and Creative Facilitator Abigail Hunt gives some advice and guidance on delivering 'Belonging' – Activity 2 from Lesson 3 in the resource.
Follow on task: Challenge yourself to make a one minute drawing every day for a week. Set an alarm reminder for the same time each day. Try drawing your hand, the view from a window, and object on a desk, and sounds you can hear. Don’t worry about your drawing – explore instead the discipline of repeating the activity each day.
Assessment for learning
Abigail offers some tips and guidance for supporting students, measuring success, and embedding the creative habit.
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