The worry tree – KS3 and KS4 activities

Students learn about the worry tree as a tool to combat worries


  • KS3
  • KS4


  • PSHE
  • RSHE

What’s this for?

Developed with teachers and NHS approved, this short form time activity prompts students to consider the thoughts, physical signs and actions that might be associated with worry.

An animated film introduces the worry tree – a tool to support young people to combat worries.

Learning outcomes

After this activity, students will be able to:

  • identify the signs of worry
  • explain ways of managing worry and where to seek support

For more information on how to use these lesson plans in the classroom, visit the PSHE Association website.


Supports the Relationships Education and Health Education (RSHE) statutory guidance

Mental wellbeing

Students should have the opportunity to learn:

  • how to talk about their emotions accurately and sensitively, using appropriate vocabulary
  • how to recognise the early signs of mental wellbeing concerns
  • the positive associations between physical activity and promotion of mental wellbeing, including as an approach to deal with stress
  • that there is a normal range and scale of emotions (happiness, sadness, anger, fear, surprise and nervousness, for example) that all humans experience in relation to different experiences and situations

Supports the PSHE curriculum

Core Theme 1 (Health and wellbeing)


  • H7 – the characteristics of mental and emotional health and strategies for managing these 
  • H10 – a range of healthy coping strategies and ways to promote wellbeing and boost mood, including physical activity, participation and the value of positive relationships in providing support 


  • H7 – a broad range of strategies – cognitive and practical – for promoting their own emotional wellbeing, for avoiding negative thinking and for ways of managing mental health concerns
  • H8 – to recognise warning signs of common mental and emotional health concerns (including stress, anxiety and depression), what might trigger them and what help or treatment is available