Wellbeing Challenge

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Welcome to our Wellbeing Challenge!

Having adapted our Wellbeing Challenge for the lockdown in 2020, we reverted to a school-based activity for 2021.

The competition element of the 2021 challenge has closed but the pack is still available. There are activities for teachers to lead in school as well as a section of the pack for families to use at home. The home pack can be downloaded separately.

We would recommend this pack is used for children between the ages of 7 and 13 but it can easily be adapted for those younger or older.


Download school pack (includes home pack)

Download home pack

Your Wellbeing Challenge 2021 pack includes:

  • A dedicated lesson plan that can be done in one lesson or extended to cover a whole day, depending on your timescales (see below for more information).
  • Activity ideas for the children to complete in school.
  • Activity ideas for the children to complete at home with their families over half-term.

The challenge is based around the Five Ways to Wellbeing and encourages children to think about how they can improve their mental wellbeing in a fun and interactive way.

When can I get hold of the pack?

You can download the activity pack for free from our resources page:

School pack (including home activities)

Home pack

The activity packs from our 2020 Wellbeing Challenge are available too!

What are the Five Ways to Wellbeing?

Research shows that the Five Ways to Wellbeing can really boost our mental wellbeing as well as eating healthily and sleeping well. They are:

Connect - ‘connect’ with people you know: family, friends and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships but remember to keep to the Government guidelines on social distancing.

Be Active - take a walk, jog or cycle or find another activity that you enjoy while also keeping to the Government guidelines on social distancing.

Keep learning - learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and increased confidence.

Give to others - even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank-you or a kind word.

Take notice - be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you.

You can read more about the Five Ways on the NHS website here.

Can you tell me more about the lesson plan?

The lesson plan is about putting the FUN into the Five Ways to Wellbeing. We are encouraging children and young people to become scientists and explore HOW and WHY the 'Five Ways' work. We believe that actively engaging with each of the 5 Ways will give children and young people the opportunity to analyse the meaning, effectiveness and helpfulness of each approach. We believe that active participation (which includes the opportunity for children and young people to critically dismiss approaches) leads to positive adaptation in meaningful and lasting ways.

We also include suggestions for each of the Five Ways for you to complete with the children or they can think up their own.

Five Ways to Wellbeing Posters

Download and print our Five Ways to Wellbeing poster pack.

View our Five Ways to Wellbeing posters

Mental health resources

Order or download any of our current mental health resources

View our mental health resources
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