Curriculum - Special needs - Lesson plan - Caring and sharing

23rd April 2010 at 01:00
Primary Relationships are unpredictable things at the best of times. For some children with special educational needs, expressing and understanding feelings can be an alien concept

What the lesson is about

This is a medium-term plan over six weeks on relationships, as part of the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (Seal) programme. It is aimed at Year 1 and 2 pupils with moderate learning difficulties and uses the blue set Seal booklet.


  • Pupils know who is important to them.
  • Pupils can tell when they are proud or jealous.
  • Pupils can think of ways to make themselves feel better without hurting others.
  • Pupils can tell when they feel cared for.
  • They can understand that sometimes people have to make hard choices.
  • Children can tell you how they feel when they lose something or someone they care about.
    • Getting started

      Ask the children to talk about who is important to them. Discuss the different sorts of people who are important to us. Ensure the children know that we all have different special people and for different reasons. Praise the children who have been listening carefully and ask them to praise others who have spoken clearly.

      Read the Amy scenario from page 6 of the booklet. Ask the pupils why Amy ran off and invite them to describe how she was feeling. Introduce the word "jealous".

      Ask the children to think of times they might feel jealous like Amy. Read the second part of the scenario and discuss how Amy was feeling. Ask the pupils to think of times they felt proud like Amy. Talk about feeling proud of someone else. Ask the children to praise others they think have been concentrating carefully.

      Read the story from page 8 of the booklet. Explain that sometimes our feelings get out of hand and we do things that hurt others. Ask them to think of a reason why someone in the class is special.

      Read "Granny had a Go" from the resource sheet. Explain that Malik is missing his granny and ask the pupils to think of ways to help him. Get them to make a list of things to do if we care about people and miss them. Ask the pupils to choose children who always listen and never shout out and children who are always kind in the playground. Reward those children.

      Taking it further

      Read the "Wils" or "Pilgrim" story from the resource sheet. Check pupils' understanding by making a simple storyboard with the class. Ask them to talk about the story and what they think Ruth should do. Encourage them to think about whether their views are fair. Create a list of reasons why people might leave someone or something and how hard this might be. Remind the pupils that we all have different opinions.

      Read The Very Worst Monster by Pat Hutchins. Ask for ideas about whether it is possible to share someone or something you love. Ask the children to praise others who have been kind in the playground, or have helped in the classroom, or have used their circle time skills.

      Where to find it

      A copy of the lesson plan, plus the blue booklet, uploaded by littlemiss283, can be found at

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