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World Mental Health Day - Recognising and Discussing Feelings: Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Activities Pack

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Explore a variety of different emotions with pupils in key stage 1 and key stage 2, covering important aspects of health education. Identify different emotions using the image and word cards and discuss examples of when pupils, or their friends or family, have experienced these emotions.

Question cards or question stems are included to prompt discussion about what pupils could do if they experience each emotion to help encourage positive mental health.

Activities for both KS1 and KS2 are included, with guidance for how the resources could be used with pupils in the classroom

Included in the KS1 pack

  • PDF set of emoji and word cards showing 8 different feelings
  • A poster asking ‘How are you feeling today?’
  • Question cards (2 sets)
  • Teacher notes with guidance on how the resources could be used in the classroom

Included in the KS2 pack

  • PDF set of emoji and word cards showing different emotions
  • A poster asking ‘How are you feeling today?’
  • Question stems
  • Teacher notes with guidance on how the resources could be used in the classroom

National Curriculum Programme of study links
Health Education (statutory guidance)

- that there is a normal range of emotions (e.g. happiness, sadness, anger, fear, surprise, nervousness) and scale of emotions that all humans experience in relation to different experiences and situations.
- how to recognise and talk about their emotions, including having a varied vocabulary of words to use when talking about their own and others’ feelings.

- the benefits of physical exercise, time outdoors, community participation, voluntary and service-based activity on mental wellbeing and happiness.

- simple self-care techniques, including the importance of rest, time spent with friends and family and the benefits of hobbies and interests.

  • KS1 - PDF set of emoji and word cards showing different emotions
  • KS1 - A poster asking ‘How are you feeling today?’
  • KS1 - Question cards (2 sets)
  • KS1 - Teacher notes with guidance on how the resources could be used in the classroom
  • KS2 - PDF set of emoji and word cards showing different emotions
  • KS2 - A poster asking ‘How are you feeling today?’
  • KS2 - Question stems
  • KS2 - Teacher notes with guidance on how the resources could be used in the classroom
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