Combining literacy lessons with wellbeing, this accessible guide, full of practical lesson plans and photocopiable activities is the ideal resource for the busy primary school teacher. Using popular children’s books to explore themes such as relationships, friendship, listening, anxiety, sadness, resilience and confidence, each book focuses on the key areas shown to impact mental health and wellbeing to enable children to explore and think about difficult things.
Divided into five chapters, each chapter focuses on an area that creates positive foundations for mental health and wellbeing: relationships, emotional literacy, sense of self, skills for learning and understanding how our brain influences our learning and behaviour. Developed into a series of lesson plans for teachers and links to the literacy curriculum, each story contains a range of teaching techniques that develop the key areas impacting mental health and wellbeing.
This invaluable resource will enable KS1 teachers to focus and develop their knowledge, skills and understanding to incorporate wellbeing into the literacy curriculum.
Chapter 1: Relationships KS1; Scardy Squirel Makes a Friend by Melanie Watt; Something Else by Kathryn Cave; Two by Kathryn Otoshi; Assembly; Phileas’s Fortune by Agnes de Lestrade and Valeria Docampo; Chapter 2: Emotional Literacy KS1; Visiting Feelings by Lauren Rubenstein; Too Many Pants by Ruth Drury; The Brain Storm by Linda Ragsdale; Assembly; The Invisible by Tom Percival; Chapter 3: Understanding Self KS1; The Problem with Problems by Rachel Rooney and Zehra Hicks; My Body Sends a Signal by Natalie Maguire; Be You by Peter Reynolds; Assembly; Your Thoughts Matter by Esther Pia Cordova; Chapter 4: The Brain Learning and Behaviour KS1; Puppy Mind by Andrew JoranNance; Catching Thoughts by Bonnie Clark; Good News Bad News by Colin McNaughton; Assembly; A Little Spot of Anxiety by Diane Alber; Chapter 5: Skills for Learning KS1; Sarabellas Thinking Cap by Judy Schachner; Ricky the Rock That Couldn’t Roll by Jay Miletsky; The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do by Ashley Spires; Assembly; What to do with a Chance by Kobi Yamada