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Emotional Literacy

45 lessons to develop children's emotional competence

Emotional Literacy supports the teacher by providing detailed ideas for discussion, worksheets for each lesson, and various games. Topics include: knowing myself, developing empathy, managing feelings developing social skills, and reflecting on where I am now.

This versatile resource can be cherry-picked for the lessons that match the needs of your class.

Ages: 7-12 | Pages: 62 | Code: 0534 | ISBN: 9781877523601

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Jane Adams

Jane Adams is an experienced primary school teacher whose experience includes heading a school in the United Arab Emirates. She currently lives in Ireland.


Section 1: Knowing myself8
1. About me8
2. Who do I trust?8
3. Trusting each other9
4. Showing respect9
5. Developing self awareness – feelings words10
6. Our feelings range in intensity10
7. Talking about feelings11
8. Are all feelings OK?11
9. How do we recognise our feelings?12
10. The way we think about ourselves13
11. Beliefs and self talk14
12. How important are our memories?15
Section 1 worksheets16
Section 2: Developing empathy22
13. We all see and feel things differently22
14. How do others feel?22
15. Different people feel differently23
16. Understanding points of view23
17. Accident or not – how do we know?24
18. How can we support others?24
19. Supporting others by listening25
Section 2 worksheets26
Section 3: Managing feelings29
20. Choosing our behaviour29
21. Developing optimism29
22. Recognising and managing anger30
23. Using a problem-solving strategy31
24. Impulsive and thinking behaviour31
25. Recognising and managing frustration32
26. Changing how we feel32
27. Using affirmations33
28. Seeing things from a different perspective33
29. Am I willing to take risks?34
30. My strengths and how I like to learn35
31. Setting goals for myself35
32. How can being resilient help us?36
Section 3 worksheets37
Section 4: Developing social skills46
33. What is a friend?46
34. Friendship words and actions46
35. Judgements47
36. Non-verbal communication47
37. Empathy and sympathy48
38. Expressing feelings respectfully48
39. Passive or assertive?49
40. Learning to negotiate50
41. Being part of a team50
42. The importance of saying sorry51
43. How to pay compliments52
Section 4 worksheets54
Section 5: Reflecting on where I am now57
44. What are our values?57
45. What have we learned?57
Section 5 worksheets58
Appendix 1: Games to use in emotional literacy lessons59
Appendix 2: Feelings words60
Appendix 3: Further resources60