Lesson 1: Understanding my emotions

Understanding that we experience a range of emotions, pupils learn to describe their feelings and some simple strategies for managing them.

Before the lesson

Learning objectives

  • To describe and understand their feelings 
  • To develop simple strategies for managing them

National curriculum

Mental wellbeing:

Pupils should know:

  • 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.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need images from the story in front of them to help them think how the characters were feeling.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should describe and show how their character feels but also to articulate how the other characters feel


Wrapping up



Assessing pupils' understanding and progress

Created by:
Sarah Huggins,  
RSE & PSHE specialist
Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in education. Starting as a Primary teacher, Sarah then moved into an advisory role that covered both PSHE education and Citizenship. She delivers courses for teachers, as well as sessions for children and young…
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