Promoting Well-Being in Year 6: What Teachers Can Do

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As we move into the second half of the school year, we must focus on student well-being. This can be challenging, especially in Year 6 when students prepare for their exams. However, there are many things teachers can do to promote well-being in their classrooms. This blog post will discuss some of the best strategies for doing so!

Student Activities


Encouraging meaningful conversations with peers and adults about mental health , stress and anxiety relief will help support the well-being of year 6 children. It is important that we talk openly about our feelings, as it can be beneficial to share any worries we have.

Sometimes just talking about our problems can make us feel better. It can also be useful to hear how other people deal with similar things.

Understanding that we are not alone in how we feel can make a big difference. If you’re unsure how to start a conversation about mental health, try asking your friends or family members how they feel.

You could also look for support groups or counselling services in your local area. Remember, there is no shame in seeking help – it is a sign of strength, not weakness.


Research shows that mindfulness exercises such as guided meditation, yoga or breathing techniques can help support the well-being of year 6 children. By slowing down and focusing on the present moment, these activities can help children to feel calmer and more focused.

In addition, mindfulness can also help to improve sleep quality and reduce stress levels. As a result, introducing mindfulness into the classroom could have a range of benefits for year 6 children.

However, ensuring that these activities are presented as fun and relaxed is essential to maximise the positive effects.


Most children in year 6 are used to waking up early and being on the go from the moment they open their eyes. By the end of the day, they are often physically and mentally exhausted.

However, many schools do not provide students with the resources to practice self-care, such as time for daily breaks. As a result, students may become disengaged and disruptive in class, negatively impacting their academic performance.

There is growing evidence that providing students with the opportunity to practice self-care can help support their well-being. For example, a study published in the journal Pediatrics found that taking a nap during the day improved cognitive function in young children.

Other research has shown that allowing students to take breaks throughout the day can help reduce stress and improve focus.

While schools need to provide students with academic instruction, it is also essential to support their well-being. Providing resources for self-care is one way to do this.

By giving students time to rest and recharge, we can help them reach their full potential both inside and outside the classroom.

After-school activities

It’s well known that exercise is good for you, but sometimes it’s hard to find the time or motivation to get moving. That’s where after-school activities can help. By offering students a chance to get active and blow off steam, after-school programs can support year 6 children’s well-being in some ways.

First, regular physical activity helps to reduce stress levels and improve mood. It also helps to boost energy levels and promote better sleep. In addition, after-school activities can provide an opportunity for social interaction and build teamwork skills.

As a result, after-school activities offer a well-rounded approach to supporting year 6 children’s well-being. So if you’re looking for a way to help your child stay healthy and happy, consider signing them up for an after-school program today.

Classroom Strategies

Realistic goals and expectations

Teachers play an essential role in setting and achieving goals for their students. By setting realistic goals, teachers can help their students stay on track and feel successful.

Furthermore, by providing regular feedback, teachers can help students adjust their goals as needed and monitor their progress.

These practices can help support the well-being of year 6 children by keeping them motivated and engaged in their learning. In addition, by communicating regularly with parents, teachers can ensure that everyone is on the same page and working towards the same goals.

When everyone works together, it is easier to support the well-being of year 6 children.

Expressing themselves creatively

Incorporating activities that allow students to learn and express themselves creatively can help support the well-being of year 6 children. For example, group art projects or writing prompts can help encourage self-expression and provide an outlet for emotions.

Furthermore, these activities can help build teamwork skills and promote socialisation.

Additionally, they can also aid in the development of fine motor skills and problem-solving abilities. Ultimately, by supporting the well-being of year 6 children through creative activities, we are helping to set them up for academic and life success.

Supportive classroom environment

Think back to when you were in year 6. What kind of classroom environment would have made you feel supported and encouraged to ask questions and share your opinions? It would have been a classroom where my teacher made an effort to get to know me and my interests.

A place where I felt like my opinion mattered and that my voice would be heard. A classroom where I felt safe to take risks, make mistakes and learn from them. A place where I was surrounded by classmates who were also encouraged to be respectful and curious.

When children feel supported in this way, they are more likely to take care of their well-being.

They feel confident and are better able to manage stress. They form positive relationships with their peers and adults. And they develop a sense of belonging, contributing to their overall well-being.

So if you want to support the well-being of year 6 children, establishing a supportive classroom environment is a great place to start.

Regular check-ins

Research has shown that regular check-ins with students can help to support their well-being. Scheduling regular check-ins allow educators to assess each student’s physical, mental and emotional health and identify any areas of concern.

This information can then be used to provide support and resources to help students thrive. In addition, regular check-ins provide an opportunity for students to voice any concerns they may have about their well-being.

As a result, regular check-ins are an essential part of supporting the well-being of year 6 children.

Utilize technology

Utilizing technology to foster collaboration and communication between students and teachers will help support the well-being of year 6 children. It is essential that every child feel comfortable and confident when communicating with their peers and educators.

Technology can provide a level playing field for all, allowing everyone to share their ideas and feelings more easily.

When children feel supported and valued at school, they are more likely to thrive academically and socially. Using technology to create a collaborative environment can help ensure that all children feel included and supported, leading to a happier and healthier school community.

Support services

Some year-six children find the transition to high/secondary school quite challenging. This is perfectly normal, as they are leaving the comfort of primary school and all their friends behind.

However, some things can be done to help ease the transition and support their well-being. Offering support services such as counselling or mentoring programs can make a big difference.

These programs can help children express their feelings and work through any issues they may face. In addition, they provide a chance to meet new people and make new friends.

Ultimately, offering support services can help to make the transition to high school a little bit easier for year six children.

Positive relationships

By engaging students in meaningful activities, setting realistic expectations and offering support services, teachers can create a positive learning environment that promotes well-being in Year 6. With these strategies in mind, teachers can ensure that their students have the tools they need to thrive!

About The Author

I'm Dan Higgins, one of the faces behind The Teaching Couple. With 15 years in the education sector and a decade as a teacher, I've witnessed the highs and lows of school life. Over the years, my passion for supporting fellow teachers and making school more bearable has grown. The Teaching Couple is my platform to share strategies, tips, and insights from my journey. Together, we can shape a better school experience for all.

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