This therapeutic story focuses on worries about transition to secondary school. Jake is in Year 6. He is worried about the transition to secondary school because he has heard many rumours, including one about the older pupils flushing first years' heads down the toilets. The story illustrates how many of the pupils share similar worries about the impending transition even though their behavior looks different. Jake's behaviour illustrates his initial negative coping strategies as his worry grows.
This includes not talking about it, opting out of his usual interests and activities, not sleeping and becoming angry with his mother. Some of his worries are alleviated on his taster visit to the new school, especially when he plucks up the courage to go into the boys' toilets. Following a misunderstanding in the toilets with some older boys, he is able to share his worries with another pupil and use humour to reflect on his behaviour. The accompanying, 'Let's talk about worry' text shares information and facts about mental health and transition.
- But What If? Workbook 1
This brand-new Series takes a challenging or significant life event as the focus for each story and aims to help children understand and normalise the range of emotions they may experience, and recognise and manage ‘big’ and ‘difficult’ feelings.
It is important for children to know that facing difficult situations, and the strong emotions which they can elicit, is part of life. How we cope with these events often depends on our mental health and the coping strategies we have learned.
These stories take situations that are familiar to children and use fictional characters to create some emotional distance, in order to consider emotional responses and support the safe exploration of coping strategies and problem solving. Each story comes with a workbook and guidance notes to assist the use of these highly practical and engaging resources.