Lesson 2: Relaxation: stretches

Learning a range of relaxation stretches and understanding that relaxation has a positive impact on the body.

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To perform a range of relaxation stretches

Statutory guidance

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

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Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Could work in pairs so that one person can do the stretch while the other draws a stick figure to show the pose.

Pupils working at greater depth: Ask to label the stick figures, describing which parts of the body should feel a stretch or how you should be breathing during the activity.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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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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