Lesson 4: Relaxation

Children learn two relaxation techniques: laughter and progressive muscle relaxation, and when each technique might be useful.

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To know how to relax in different ways

Statutory guidance

Mental wellbeing

Pupils should know:

  • Simple self-care techniques, including the importance of rest, time spent with friends and family and the benefits of hobbies and interests.
  • That mental wellbeing is a normal part of daily life, in the same way as physical health.

Success Criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Could be positioned closer to the teacher so that they can watch as the teacher models what they need to do.

Might need more time to think of examples of when they have laughed a lot to remember and link to how they felt at the time.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should articulate what relaxation means, demonstrating an understanding that it is not always about being calm and quiet

Wrapping up

Assessing progression and understanding


Created by:
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RSE & PSHE specialist
Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in education. Starting as a Primary teacher, Sarah then moved into an advisory role that covered both PSHE education and Citizenship. She delivers courses for teachers, as well as sessions for children and young…
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