The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Beano and YoungMinds launch 'BOUNCEBACKABILITY' lesson plans for primary school

Beano Studios and UK Mental Health Charity, YoungMinds have launched a new series of free lesson plans for Primary School classes based around mental health and wellbeing.

Beano character Dennis the MenaceThe 11 new ‘BOUNCEBACKABILITY’ lesson plans are curriculum-linked (KS1 & KS2 PSHE) and cover everything from understanding emotions and being brave through to understanding stress and change. The programme also includes additional lesson materials focussing on mobile phone use.

Created in collaboration with Beano’s charity partner YoungMinds, the UK’s leading charity fighting for young people’s mental health, the plans feature Beano favourites including Dennis, Gnasher and Minnie and are designed to help equip pupils with the superpower of resilience. 

The free lesson materials, all now available for download on schools.beano.com, include lesson plans, presentations and activities linked to the English, Welsh and Scottish National Curriculums.

Emma Scott, CEO of Beano Studios, said “Beano has been making kids laugh for over 80 years and we are 100% dedicated to that mission. Alongside our partners at YoungMinds, we want to use jokes to help unleash everyone’s inner awesome while helping kids discover new skills and build resilience.”

Tom Madders, Campaigns Director at YoungMinds, said “We’re delighted to be working with Beano to help schools promote resilience and emotional literacy. Having a laugh can help children to build relationships, cope with challenges and express themselves – and we hope these fun but informative lesson plans will help students deal with issues they face and have healthy conversations about their mental health.”

The new set of lesson plans follows the successful launch of Beano’s “SPAG LOLZ” programme, still free to download on schools.beano.com designed to focus on joke writing techniques taught through SPAG.

More information

For more resources on building resilience and looking after the wellbeing of teachers and your pupils, visit youngminds.org.uk