Each term, we will be exploring new themes where we want to offer children an insight into why they behave like they do. These discussions can provide the children with pointers to help create positive experiences that support their wellbeing and build their emotional resilience.
The resources below can be used by students at home to support their understanding of their emotions. Parents should try to use the resources as a talking point, watch the videos with your children and discuss. Emotions can affect us all in different ways and as a school we want to encourage children to talk openly about wellbeing and the feelings we experience.
Keep checking back for more resources which will be added regularly.
“My Hero is You”
A fictional book developed by and for children aims to help families understand and cope with COVID-19.
Daddy Lost His Job by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos
Describes childrens' anxieties and intent to help when he learns his father has lost his job. It is a tool for parents to use to help allay the fears and anguish that a child perceives their parents suffer when one has lost his or her job.
Moody Cow Meditates by Kerry Lee MacLean
All children must learn to deal with stress and challenges. MacLean’s Moody Cow has a terrible day and ends up breaking a window in his house out of frustration. Lucky for him, his grandfather teaches him how to meditate, and Moody Cow realizes that he has some control over his response to struggle. This staple can remind parents and children alike to cope with difficulties in a calm and thoughtful manner.
The Invisible String By Patrice Karst
“An Invisible String made of love.” That’s where the story begins. A story that teaches of the tie that really binds. Moms (and Pops) feel the tug whenever kids give it; and kids feel the tug that comes right back: the Invisible String reaches from heart to heart. Does everybody have an Invisible String? How far does it reach, anyway? Does it ever go away?
BE KIND by Pat Zietlow Miler
What exactly is kindness? What is it to be kind? Is it being helpful? Being polite? Does it have to be a big act to be more kind? Well maybe the smallest act is the most powerful.
Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
Wemberly worried about everything every day of the week. She worried about her parents, a tree falling on her house, a crack in the living room, the noise the radiator made, the jungle gym, her doll Petal and school. When school came she was worried about her appearance, her teacher, kids making fun of her and she worried about no one else bring a doll to school like she was. But to her surprise when she went to school there was another girl named Jewel that also carried a doll named Nibblet. Jewel and Wemberly became best friends and guess what Wemberly was not worried anymore.
This is a good fantasy book because it relates to how being worried is normal and sometimes it can be silly to worry so much. The character is a mouse which is given human like qualities which help the younger children be engaged more but also helps them relate to how the mouse is feeling.
The Huge Bag of worries
A reassuring picture book encouraging children to open up about their fears and anxieties to help manage their feelings.The perfect book to soothe worries during stressful times.
Wherever Jenny goes, her worries follow her - in a big blue bag. They are with her all the time - at school, at home, when she is watching TV and even in the bathroom! Jenny decides they have to go, but who will help her get rid of them? A funny and reassuring look at dealing with worries and anxiety, to be used as a spring board into important conversations with your child.
Ruby loves being Ruby. Until, one day, she finds a worry. At first, it's not such a big worry, and that's all right, but then it starts to grow. It gets bigger and bigger every day and it makes Ruby sad. How can Ruby get rid of it and feel like herself again?
Inside Out Movie-Get to know your emotions
At the start of the Autumn term, we used this film to explore the range of emotions that we experience and how they can change and influence our behaviour.
The Colour Monster
We used this as a whole school text, for a gentle introduction into the exploration of feelings for young and old alike. One day, Colour Monster wakes up feeling very confused. His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, sad and scared all at once! To help him, a little girl shows him what each feeling means through colour.
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy( KS2)
KS 2 explored this book on their second week back. It's such an emotional book and it is so good at helping them understand the pandemic and their responses to it. One of the themes is being scared/brave. Could discuss what makes them scared? A time when they were brave etc. Kindness/friendship also runs through the book. What makes a good friend? How can friends help us through difficult times?
Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers ( KS1)
Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you’ve only just got here. Your head will be filled with questions, so let’s explore what makes our planet and how we live on it. From land and sky to people and time, these notes can be your guide and start you on your journey. And you’ll figure lots of things out for yourself. Just remember to leave notes for everyone else… Some things about our planet are pretty complicated, but things can be simple, too: you’ve just got to be kind.