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I have a passion for Emotional literacy and create resources to support teachers, teaching assistants, learning mentors and ELSAs

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ELSA SUPPORT - Social Skills Conversation Game -  Friendship, Self-esteem and Emotions
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ELSA SUPPORT - Social Skills Conversation Game - Friendship, Self-esteem and Emotions

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This game consists of: A game board Star cards Bingo boards Social skills questions (3 questions on 18 cards, 54 questions altogether) Friendship questions (3 questions on 18 cards, 54 questions altogether) Self-esteem questions (3 questions on 18 cards, 54 questions altogether) Emotions questions (3 questions on 18 cards, 54 questions altogether) Instructions You will need a die and a counter for each child. The game can be played with a group of children or you can just use the cards for working one to one with a child. You could also use the cards during whole class circle time activities. The game will promote the following skills: Turn taking Sharing Speaking Listening Friendship skills Social Skills Emotional awareness Self-esteem Resilience Fairness Co-operation Peer learning
Make a Face -Emotions activity
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Make a Face -Emotions activity

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Resource from ELSA SUPPORT Print out the skin tone that you require. This resource has five different skin tones to suit all children. There are also 15 different sets of eyes and mouths and a set of emotions vocabulary flash cards. Laminate all the pieces and keep in a zipped bag for convenience. The aim of this resource is for children to begin to recognise facial expressions and talk about their feelings. It is excellent for children on the autistic spectrum. This resource is also very good for early years settings and can be put into an area of provision, allowing children to experiment and make different faces. Can they match the eyes to the mouth? Can they tell you what the expression is that they have made? Parents would also find this resource helpful for their preschool children. Questions you could ask – can you make me a ‘angry face’? What would ‘angry’ eyes look like? What would ‘sad’ eyes look like? Can you make me a ‘sad face’? Also use other vocabulary such as ‘miserable, frustrated, terrified, proud’. There are so many possibilities for working with this resource. The cards could be used as a matching pairs game. Lay out all the cards and ask a child to choose a mouth and eyes that match – name the emotion. Use the face (laminated) for drawing emotion faces. Put it alongside a mirror so children can make faces themselves. Use the angry eyes and mouth to discuss anger and how to recognise when they are becoming angry. What makes them angry? What could they do when they are angry? Pick an emotions flashcard(included with the pack) and make the appropriate face.
Transition Lapbook Template pack
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Transition Lapbook Template pack

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Transition to another school or class – My idea for this is that this can be built with a child, combining lessons and creativity and craft. Each component can be a lesson or part of a lesson. It is something for the child to take away at the end of your sessions. You could easily fill 4 to 6 lessons with what is in this lapbook. There are two versions, one in black and white so the child can colour the lettering etc and one in colour where they can just cut and stick. There are two alternative back covers which you can choose to add to the lapbook. One is a game about ‘Changes’ and the other is a weekly feelings diary. Of course you could add one of those to the back cover and just use the other separately. This resource could be a fantastic end of term project for a Year 6 teacher. The children will love all the little pockets and will be making something to be proud of. Included in the transition lapbook is: Name – child writes their name in a colourful way – they could write in bubble writing or decorate it anyway they wish. Picture– either take a photo of the child to stick here or ask them to draw themselves. Front cover title – Moving on My new school or new class worries – What sort of things are they worried about? Use the little monster writing sheets for children to write down their worries to put in the little pocket. Discuss these at each session and help to reassure the child about the changes that will happen when they move class or school. Questions about my new school or class – This is a perfect opportunity to answer all those questions about the new school or class. My autograph and message book – Let them collect autographs and messages from friends to take on with them to the next school or class. My goals and targets – This is a little layered book. The child has to come up with a target for the rest of the term, a target for the summer holidays and a target for the new school or class. All about me tag book – Lots of questions to answer in this little tag book. Treasure chest – Includes concertina books with some prompts but also includes a blank so you can ask different questions. The treasure box could contain anything that the child wants to keep safe. They could pop some little photos in there too. A letter to my future self – What do they hope for in the future? How can they see themselves when they are in the next class or in their new school. What will they be doing? What will they have achieved? Will they have new friends? A letter could also be written telling their future self of what they are doing now, any of their concerns or worries etc. Friends – The child can write their friend’s name and finish the image to look like their friend. All their friends can fit into the little pocket. Changes game (back cover) Feelings diary (alternative back cover)
Friendship Intervention for social skills
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Friendship Intervention for social skills

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This pack is suitable for WHOLE CLASS as well as group work. If there are teachers out there who have children who just don’t get along then try running this as an intervention during PSHE time. Each lesson will take approximately 40 minutes to an hour. Each lesson is based on a letter from the word FRIENDS It is perfect for an ELSA or teaching assistant who has to work with a group of children with friendship issues. Included in this pack: FRIENDS certificates (children colour in a letter after each lesson and take them away at the end of the intervention). 7 planning sessions which could be done over several weeks. 40 positive friendship cards The Key to deserving good friends worksheet Five posters looking at skills for empathy. Skills for empathy bookmarks for the children to take away A ‘Friend’ venn worksheet. Heart friends template How to apologise bookmark for the children to take away after the lesson. Lesson objectives: I can find things I have in common with someone else Children will explore interests with a person in the group or class and find common interests. I understand that I must respect my friend. Children will explore respectful and disrespectful behaviour towards others focusing on the playground. They will design a poster showing a respectful playground. I understand the importance of including people in games, play, conversation and outings. Children will play games to illustrate what it feels like to be included or not included. I understand the importance of empathy for being a good friend and for having a good friend. Children will learn five skills to help them develop empathy for others. I understand why I need friends and why my friends need me. Children will explore why they need friends. Why friends are important. I can tell you some of my qualities for being a good friend. Children will explore their positive qualities essential for friendship. I can understand how important it is to say sorry if I am wrong. Children will look at how to apologise in this lesson.
Emoji code breakers for emotions brilliant for home learning
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Emoji code breakers for emotions brilliant for home learning

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This resource is a fun way of working with emotions. Each emoji represents a letter of the alphabet and pupils need to break the code and work out what all the words are. The words in this pack are all emotion/feeling words. Their are 16 base emotions/feelings with synonyms of that emotion or feelings. This is perfect for year 6s who are returning to school in June. Also great for KS2 children who are still at home. The puzzles are enjoyable to do. Pupils will feel a sense of achievement breaking the codes which will help raise self esteem. Getting involved with puzzles is great for relaxation and mindfulness. You can work on synonyms of emotions by using these puzzles. Pupils will learn new vocabulary for expressing their feelings. Brilliant for home learning. The pack contains: 16 code breaker sheets The alphabetic code A sheet for making their own code A sheet for making their own messages Answer sheets
Friends cards
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Friends cards

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There are 48 Friends cards in this pack. Each showing a positive aspect of friendship. These are great for reading through with older pupils to discuss and work on. They print 8 to an A4 page. Help your pupils to make more friends by using these bright and colourful cards often.
Express yourself - Social and Emotional
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Express yourself - Social and Emotional

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Express yourself Art Doodling is a series of prompts for drawing. Children get so much from drawing. It is a way of self expression and self exploration. Children relax when drawing and are much more open to talking about their feelings. This booklet can be printed as A4 and stapled together or as A3 to give children more room for drawing. You could also just dip into the sheets and print the one you want to use. You could use the same sheet for the whole group or whole class of children. The booklet has purposely been created in black and white so as not to distract from the child’s drawings and of course to save printing costs. There are 40 activities in the booklet covering so many aspects of emotional literacy. I am sure children will get a lot out of the booklet and it will give you valuable information about their thoughts and feelings. It can also be used as a ready made lesson plan for one to one work or group work. Please ensure you use ADOBE to open PDFs because this will give you great options for printing.
Learning from Mistakes - Growth Mindset
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Learning from Mistakes - Growth Mindset

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This resource will help to develop children's growth mindset as well as help them risk assess a situation. Children need to look at their mistakes, find out what they learnt by that mistake, understand the consequences and have another go or don't have another go depending on what has been learnt. Equally children do need to assess the risks of an activity they are doing to make sure they do not hurt themselves and to give a bit more thought into what they are doing. They need to understand the consequences of their mistake. Included in the resource: A game board 18 mistake scenario cards 10 ideas for using the mistake cards worksheets to go with those ideas
Mental health week - Kindness to yourself
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Mental health week - Kindness to yourself

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This is a resource for Good Mental Health week which starts on the May 18 through to 24th May This is a 5 day challenge on being kind to yourself. This is suitable for anyone to do whether you are 5 years old or 15 years old.
Being a Good Sport - Social Skills
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Being a Good Sport - Social Skills

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This covers: Skills Luck Feelings around winning and losing Poor sports Cheating Sportsmanship Making a Loser Plan Cheating The PowerPoint makes this available to whole classes or groups but also works well with individuals. This resource pack contains the following: PowerPoint show – you can use this for individual, group or whole class. When used for individual, you can act as the partner. PDF of the show – so you can print it out if you need to or if you don’t have a computer or Whiteboard to work on. Supporting worksheets The powerpoint has 14 slides
Physical signs of Emotions
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Physical signs of Emotions

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This bundle of posters and worksheets will help you explore physical signs of 10 different emotions with your pupils. I have included a learning objective to go with each worksheet. The pack contains the following: 10 Posters covering the emotions/feelings of Worried, happy, sad, angry, irritated, surprised, disgusted, embarrassed, tired and scared. 10 Worksheets covering their signs and sensations 10 Worksheets covering their physical appearance when feeling an emotion 10 Worksheets concentrating on different areas of the body for them to colour 8 Worksheets for coping skills.
Emotional Literacy and Social Skills crafts Volume 1
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Emotional Literacy and Social Skills crafts Volume 1

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Children relax when they are working on a craft and to be honest I do not know of a child who does not enjoy crafts especially when it is with someone who is interested in them and interested in what they say. They will open up to you and talk freely whilst enjoying themselves. These activities are also perfect for an ELSA or Teaching assistant who has to do a one off session with a child or who has to work reactively to a situation. When children succeed in an activity then their self efficacy increases. They begin to believe in themselves. Along with your encouragement and praise they will begin to have a ‘can do’ attitude. It takes time but if anyone ever says to you that what you are doing is just ‘crafting and having fun’ WHAT are they learning? You can tell them. The resource includes: Card crafts (20 activities) Templates (13 templates or resources) Front cover, contents sheet
Christmas Mindful Mandala
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Christmas Mindful Mandala

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Here are a set of 20 Christmas/Winter themed Mindful Mandalas with some lovely quotes to discuss. Pupils can enjoy the mindfulness of colouring along with chat about the quote. Print as a booklet or just print what you need. You could also blow them up quite large due to the excellent image quality so if you want to do a group colouring you could do.
Natural Display Emotions, Mindfulness
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Natural Display Emotions, Mindfulness

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This is a HUGE pack of words for emotions, feelings and conditions all with a hessian style background. These will be fabulous for your more ‘natural style displays’. Help create a calm environment linked to nature for your pupils. Included in the pack is *120 emotion, feelings, condition words for display *2 Banners *Bordered paper in landscape and portrait, with and without lines, *20 cloud shaped quotes, *A-Z Alphabet for making your own words
Worry Wobbles KS1 Anxiety intervention
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Worry Wobbles KS1 Anxiety intervention

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This intervention is written for a group of four pupils and is led by an ELSA or teaching assistant. It covers emotions, relaxation and lessons around worries. It runs for approximately 40 minutes. This intervention is aimed at 5 to 7 year olds. This intervention follows this structure Welcome and emotional register– welcome the pupils to the group, go over the circle time rules and talk about how they feel today. Activity – this is where the pupils work on the learning objective. Relaxation/Mindfulness – pupils are more ready to go back to class if they are relaxed and calm. This also teaches them valuable coping/relaxation skills. Review of the session – pupils talk about their learning experience. There are lots of resources in this pack and LOTS of visuals to help children to understand. Lesson objectives Lesson 1 – I can tell you what a worried face looks like Lesson 2 – I can understand how worries can make my body feel uncomfortable Lesson 3 – I can tell you if my worry is a BIG or a SMALL worry Lesson 4 – I can understand how my thoughts can make me feel uncomfortable Lesson 5 – I know some ways to calm myself down Lesson 6 – I can park my worries and make a plan
Anxiety booklet - Master your monsters
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Anxiety booklet - Master your monsters

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This is an anxiety booklet to help children understand their anxiety and find ways to cope with it. There are 30 pages in the booklet which covers scaling, fight/flight, vocabulary, the worry tree, real worries as opposed to hypothetical worries, worry plans, breathing techniques, mindfulness, coping strategies, negative thinking, self talk and much more. There are pages for pupils to show what they have learnt so far and there is a quiz at the end of the booklet. There is also a diary to take away to log any worries. This is offered in two different ways to cater for different needs. It also has a monster scale and some mandala colouring sheets.
Saying Sorry - Social skills
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Saying Sorry - Social skills

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This is such an important social skill. This covers reasons why we might need to say sorry and looks at physical hurt, non verbal hurt, verbal hurt and hurt caused by our actions. It also looks at the 4 part apology. The powerpoint makes this available to whole classes or groups. This resource pack contains the following: Powerpoint show – you can use this for individual, group or whole class. When used for individual, you can act as the partner. PDF of the show – so you can print it out if you need to or if you don’t have a computer or Whiteboard to work on. A poster and worksheet pack – please see the example images.
Gratitude Jar
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Gratitude Jar

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This gratitude jar will help children look for the positives in their lives. Gratitude according to Positive psychology is strongly linked to being happy. I have done lots of jar activities but think that gratitude is such an important one so deserves its own post. This resources has a jar with and without lines. It also has a long list of suggestions/prompts to encourage children to reflect on things they are grateful or thankful for. The jar without lines can be decorated with pictures, photographs and words. Make it colourful. It could also be used each day and the child adds just one thing for that day they are grateful or thankful for. Of course you could make an actual jar with a lovely label and ask the child to fill it each day with things they are grateful for.
Self esteem booster wheel
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Self esteem booster wheel

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This self esteem booster wheel will help children to reflect on their Strengths, talents and personal characteristics. There are so many things they are good at. A star stands out and shines brightly in the dark sky so thought I would use this for the centre of the wheel. There are two coloured versions and a black and white version. Pupils of any age can draw or write their strengths, talents or personal characteristics.