There are ten key emotional theme packs; friendship, resilience, anxiety, diversity, angry feelings, change, conflict, loss, sadness and self-esteem and each theme pack has 10 session card plans, for a 10-week programme delivered over a term.
The sessions cover a variety of activities and guided discussions. Each session has a clear format and structure that helps the children to feel contained and able to engage. Each plan includes:
- Welcome and check-in – to be done with the puppets to help the children feel part of the group and ready for the session. At this point, the adult can see how everyone is feeling, and be sure everyone is OK and ready to begin, and notice any child that may need an individual chat.
- Focus moment – this part introduces the theme or focus area of the session and helps the children to know what the session will be about. It’s bringing the theme into focus for the children and introduces it before the children go onto the activity section.
- Focus insight – this part gives the children some information or insight about the topic or theme. It is bringing awareness about a particular piece of learning or brings to the children’s attention a thought, an insight, a question, or a piece of information. This then leads to the activity.
- Activity – an opportunity for the children to use their thinking, learning and own expression to explore the theme and develop their ideas. The activities aim to be creative, expressive and engaging for the children. The adult will need to be observant and reflective with the children to help develop or respond to their ideas or thoughts.
- Reflection – this part of the session helps the children to think about their learning or their experience with the activity or discussion. Sometimes through reflection children may have new thoughts about their experiences or feelings which helps them understand and gain greater insights for themselves. The children are encouraged to use their wellbeing journals to record their ideas and to celebrate their learning.
Each A5 session card has an anti-scuff laminate so it can withstand lots of use! They can all be stored in the session pack box – the idea being that these can be used over and over again for multiple groups of children.