Mental Health - Anxiety and Worries Group intervention

Mental Health - Anxiety and Worries Group intervention

The intervention Who is if for? This Anxiety and Worries Group intervention is for a group of up to six children and is led by a teaching assistant. The focus age range would be 7 to 11, although older pupils would probably benefit from this intervention. Children who worry a lot would be a good focus group for this intervention. It runs for approximately 40-60 minutes, weekly for six weeks. What does it cover? This Anxiety and Worries Group intervention covers emotions, relaxation, calming down techniques and learning objectives around anxiety and worries. Children will learn about emotions during each session and will also learn relaxation and calming techniques through the ‘relaxation time’. This knowledge and these skills will help them to become more emotionally literate. The warm-up games teach a variety of skills such as co-operation, team work, taking turns, communication skills, friendship, self-esteem and confidence. The coming together of a group fosters a sense of belonging and therefore raises self-esteem. Every opportunity should be taken to promote belonging and friendship. Relaxation exercises will help children to manage their anxiety and these are visited each session. Information on Anxieties and worries It is important to mention that anxiety is such a big problem and affects people in different ways and at different things. Sometimes there appears to be no reason for the anxiety. This intervention is about giving children the knowledge to help themselves and to gain a little understanding about what anxiety is. It is NOT about fixing children’s problems but about supporting them through their problems. Anxiety work needs to be done by professionals who have training in counselling or psychology. An ELSA or TA can offer knowledge and support and it is important that this line is not crossed and boundaries are clear. By giving children the self-awareness, knowledge and some relaxation skills you are empowering them to help themselves cope. If you are ever worried about a child then please do refer them on to professional services so they can get the help they need. What’s included in the pack? A planning booklet with 6 session plans. Circle time rules Warm up games for circle-time Assessments Emotion wheels Emotion wordmat Certificates Five Star Breathing poster NEEDS to know Poster Emotion cards NEEDS to know cards Anxiety physical symptoms cards Where in your body worksheet Anxiety cards Coping strategies poster Worry tree Thought bubbles (ants) Changing those thoughts worksheet Zap anxiety poster My Five a day plan ELSA/Teaching Assistant notes
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Mind Monsters -Anger management intervention

Mind Monsters -Anger management intervention

Teach your children about Anger Management with this resource. This resource consists of a Powerpoint show which can be delivered to a whole class, group or individual child. When done with an individual child, the partner talk would be with the adult who is running the session. There is also a PDF of the Powerpoint show so could be delivered without a computer and an anger diary which consists of one page (duplicated 7 times) but you could print off more if needed. This is a full anger intervention in one powerpoint show. It looks at: Triggers Thoughts and feelings Physical sensations Actions Rules Vocabulary Scaling Calming and relaxation techniques The anger firework
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Social Skills - Friends 'Friendship'  intervention planning

Social Skills - Friends 'Friendship' intervention planning

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.
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Whole body listening bingo and poster - Social Skills

Whole body listening bingo and poster - Social Skills

This is ideal to play with groups of up to 8 children. Children will learn about good listening skills through playing this game and it will constantly reinforce those essential skills. Included in the pack: One poster for display in the classroom/ELSA area 8 bingo boards with the images in different places 1 set of calling cards
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Social and Emotional Support Assessments EXCEL and paper copies (School licence)

Social and Emotional Support Assessments EXCEL and paper copies (School licence)

These Social and Emotional Support EXCEL assessments are perfect for an ELSA or anyone else who needs to track progress and impact of intervention. It includes an excel file for tracking emotional skills, anxiety, social skills, growth mindset, independence, friendships and relationships, and self esteem. There is also a pupil questionnaire. These are so quick and easy to fill in. No calculating to do as it is all done for you. It is a matter of clicking a number for each statement. They will work on a computer or laptop but NOT on an IPAD or phone and you must have EXCEL installed on your computer. This download gives your school a licence to use these assessments. This means you only need to buy one for your school and everyone in your school can use it. The price listed is the price that needs to be paid for the school licence. Please do not add the TES school licence.
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My Family - workbook

My Family - workbook

This workbook can be made up to suit the child. Work on families can be very useful as it helps children to understand their identity and helping them to see the support network around them. I have added sheets for different family members such as: mum dad stepmum stepdad grandma grandad auntie uncle pet sister brother stepsister stepbrother There are 23 sheets altogether in the pack. If you require any more family members then please comment below and I can add them to the pack.
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Mental Health - Anxiety and Worries Group intervention

Mental Health - Anxiety and Worries Group intervention

The intervention Who is if for? This Anxiety and Worries Group intervention is for a group of up to six children and is led by a teaching assistant. The focus age range would be 7 to 11, although older pupils would probably benefit from this intervention. Children who worry a lot would be a good focus group for this intervention. It runs for approximately 40-60 minutes, weekly for six weeks. What does it cover? This Anxiety and Worries Group intervention covers emotions, relaxation, calming down techniques and learning objectives around anxiety and worries. Children will learn about emotions during each session and will also learn relaxation and calming techniques through the ‘relaxation time’. This knowledge and these skills will help them to become more emotionally literate. The warm-up games teach a variety of skills such as co-operation, team work, taking turns, communication skills, friendship, self-esteem and confidence. The coming together of a group fosters a sense of belonging and therefore raises self-esteem. Every opportunity should be taken to promote belonging and friendship. Relaxation exercises will help children to manage their anxiety and these are visited each session. Information on Anxieties and worries It is important to mention that anxiety is such a big problem and affects people in different ways and at different things. Sometimes there appears to be no reason for the anxiety. This intervention is about giving children the knowledge to help themselves and to gain a little understanding about what anxiety is. It is NOT about fixing children’s problems but about supporting them through their problems. Anxiety work needs to be done by professionals who have training in counselling or psychology. An ELSA or TA can offer knowledge and support and it is important that this line is not crossed and boundaries are clear. By giving children the self-awareness, knowledge and some relaxation skills you are empowering them to help themselves cope. If you are ever worried about a child then please do refer them on to professional services so they can get the help they need. What’s included in the pack? A planning booklet with 6 session plans. Circle time rules Warm up games for circle-time Assessments Emotion wheels Emotion wordmat Certificates Five Star Breathing poster NEEDS to know Poster Emotion cards NEEDS to know cards Anxiety physical symptoms cards Where in your body worksheet Anxiety cards Coping strategies poster Worry tree Thought bubbles (ants) Changing those thoughts worksheet Zap anxiety poster My Five a day plan ELSA/Teaching Assistant notes
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Is it Bullying? - Social and Emotional resources

Is it Bullying? - Social and Emotional resources

The resource consists of: a game board 42 scenario cards 8 worksheets Explanation cards on being ‘RUDE’, ‘MEAN’ and ‘BULLYING’. So many children and parents use the term ‘bullying’ incorrectly. This resource aims to teach the difference between being rude, mean or actual bullying. Being rude is doing something unintentionally and doing it once. Being mean is doing something intentionally and doing it once or twice. Being a bully is doing something intentionally and doing it over and over again even when told to stop. The scenario cards are a mixture of rude, mean and bullying situations. The cards can be used with the game board or with the worksheets. They will prompt lots of discussion on what bullying really means. Children will explore intentional or unintentional behaviour, controlling behaviour, the victims feelings, and remorse or sorrow for the behaviour. There is also a poster added as a free extra.
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Christmas 'ABOUT ME' Book -Social and Emotional Learning

Christmas 'ABOUT ME' Book -Social and Emotional Learning

'About me' Christmas book- This is a FREE resource with lots of activities to do on the run up to Christmas. The focus is social and emotional learning with a bit of mindfulness too! There are 25 pages in all and it can be printed as a booklet or just use the sheets you require. Titles have been left as outlines to allow children to colour.
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Social Skills - Friends 'Friendship'  intervention planning

Social Skills - Friends 'Friendship' intervention planning

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.
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Emotional intelligence - Can you Build a Monster?

Emotional intelligence - Can you Build a Monster?

This game looks at 16 different emotions including the basics of of happy, sad, angry, scared, surprised and disgusted. It is ideal for children from about 5 years old. My recommendation is that it is played with one or two children due to the space needed. Children take it in turns to throw a die and move that number of spaces on the base board. They will either land on a head, tummy or bottom. They take one of those cards and name the emotion. If it is a head they are seeing the facial expression. If it is a tummy they are seeing what someone might say who is feeling that emotion and if it is a bottom they are seeing the emotion word. The idea of the game is to build a complete monster.
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Christmas Listening skill - Feed me!

Christmas Listening skill - Feed me!

his activity will help teach children speaking and listening skills, so important for good social skills. There is a Santa face, a plate template and 48 cookies with a range of Christmas items and also some emotion faces. Cut out Santa’s mouth and stick the sheet to a box – I used an old Amazon packaging box but anything A4 sized will do. Cut out a selection of cookies and place them on the ‘Cookie plate’ This activity is fun for one to one working but two children could also use it together. You can start easy by saying ‘Feed Santa a yellow cookie’. ‘Feed Santa a pink cookie’. ‘Feed Santa a cookie with a present on it’, ‘Feed Santa a cookie with a bell on it’. Then move onto more accurate descriptions. ‘Feed Santa a yellow cookie with a Christmas tree on it’, ‘Feed Santa a pink cookie with a bow on it’. It could get even trickier with requests such as ‘Feed Santa a pink cookie with red lights on it’. There are also some ‘emotion cookies’ for work on emotions and listening skills. ‘Feed Santa a cookie with a happy face’, ‘Feed Santa a cookie with a worried face’.Children need to listen really well and follow the instructions.Children can also take turns to describe which cookie they want another child or you to feed to Santa.
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Emotional literacy/ emotional intelligence - Build a Snowman Christmas activity

Emotional literacy/ emotional intelligence - Build a Snowman Christmas activity

This game looks at the six basic emotions of happy, sad, angry, scared, surprised and disgusted. It is ideal for children from about 5 years old. My recommendation is that it is played with one or two children due to the space needed. Children take it in turns to throw a die and move that number of spaces on the base board. They will either land on a head, tummy or bottom. They take one of those cards and name the emotion. If it is a head they are seeing the facial expression. If it is a tummy they are seeing the emotion word and if it is a bottom they are seeing what someone might say who is feeling that emotion. The idea of the game is to build a complete snowman.
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Emotional Literacy and Social Skills crafts Volume 1

Emotional Literacy and Social Skills crafts Volume 1

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
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CBT Thoughts, Feelings, Actions

CBT Thoughts, Feelings, Actions

This resource explores lots of different emotions to allow children to see the connection their thoughts have with their feelings, physical sensations and actions. When you think happy thoughts it makes you feel better both physically and mentally and your actions are more positive as opposed to when you think worrying thoughts or angry thoughts. This resource, through exploration of these thoughts and feelings will give you a base to help children change their thoughts and see how that makes them feeling and act differently. There are 40 sheets altogether covering 20 emotions. Girl clipart and boy clipart is used so you can choose which to use with the child you are working with.
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Transition Lapbook Template pack

Transition Lapbook Template pack

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)
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Emotions - Empathy, Kindness Lapbook resource pack

Emotions - Empathy, Kindness Lapbook resource pack

Empathy is a very difficult thing to learn for children and this lapbook will help to teach the skills needed. I have named it ‘Kindness’ because being empathetic is about being kind isn’t it? Caring about other people’s feelings and wanting to help them in some way. Children will learn how to recognise their own feelings and the feelings of others. They will learn to look at different perspectives and how to get the full picture. The vocabulary of pity, empathy, sympathy and compassion will be taught. Children will look at ways of showing that they care and will become ‘care collectors’ – they will collect times when they showed kindness and times when they received kindness. This will help them to see that it actually feels good to be kind and caring. Basic listening skills will be taught so that they know how to listen to someone who might have a problem.
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Master your Monsters - Anxiety/worries booklet and diary

Master your Monsters - Anxiety/worries booklet and diary

Anxiety booklet which teaches a child about anxiety and coping/calming strategies. Anxiety booklet with two differentiated diary entries to use depending on age/level of the child. Anxiety/worries booklet has 25 pages and the Anxiety/worries diary has 9 pages.
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Growth Mindset Planning and Resources

Growth Mindset Planning and Resources

This growth mindset intervention can be run as a whole class, or group. The lessons will take 40 mins to an hour and are suitable for children from about 7 years old. Learning Objectives: M – I understand how making MISTAKES can help me learn. I – I understand how seeing success can INSPIRE me. N – I understand the importance of the words ‘NOT YET‘. D – I understand what it means to be DETERMINED. S – I can celebrate SUCCESS and understand how that makes me feel. E – I understand that EVERYONE is different but that EVERYONE has the potential to succeed. T – I know how important it is to THINK positively and have a ‘can do’ attitude to learning. Included in the pack: 7 lessons, each corresponding to a letter from ‘MINDSET’. ‘A mistake that made my brain sparkle and grow’ worksheet. ‘Who inspires you? Who is your hero?’ worksheet. ‘My Goal’ worksheet ‘Questionnaire’ and ‘Bookmarks’. ‘What have you been successful at?’ worksheet. 2 different puzzle pieces Everyone is different poster Display heading Rubbish bin/Treasure chest Positive/negative cards for sorting Mindset certificate 7 Posters 'Mindset'
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Mindfulness, Anxiety Story, workbook and feeling fans

Mindfulness, Anxiety Story, workbook and feeling fans

Bee Here Now! is a therapeutic story to help a child suffering from worries or anxieties. It also addresses bullying. There is an accompanying workbook which will teach children some mindfulness techniques. Also included is a set of 'cloud' feeling fans. For more resources on anxiety check out Master Your Monsters Anxiety and Worries group intervention
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Mind Monsters -Anger management intervention

Mind Monsters -Anger management intervention

Teach your children about Anger Management with this resource. This resource consists of a Powerpoint show which can be delivered to a whole class, group or individual child. When done with an individual child, the partner talk would be with the adult who is running the session. There is also a PDF of the Powerpoint show so could be delivered without a computer and an anger diary which consists of one page (duplicated 7 times) but you could print off more if needed. This is a full anger intervention in one powerpoint show. It looks at: Triggers Thoughts and feelings Physical sensations Actions Rules Vocabulary Scaling Calming and relaxation techniques The anger firework
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