Lesson 3: Recognising other people’s emotions

Children learn how other people show their feelings, that people can feel differently to them, and how to show others that they care

Before the lesson

Learning objectives

  • To recognise how others show feelings and how to respond
  • To identify their special people and how they should care for one another

Statutory guidance

  • Caring friendships: Pupils should understand the characteristics of friendships, including mutual respect, truthfulness, trustworthiness, loyalty, kindness, generosity, trust, sharing interests and experiences and support with problems and difficulties.

  • Respectful relationships: Pupils should know the practical steps they can take in a range of different contexts to improve or support respectful relationships.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Might need extra examples of each scenario. It may be useful to create a comic strip conversation about one of the scenarios to embed the idea that other people can think and feel differently to us  (see Link:  ‘National Autistic Society: Comic strip conversation’ ).


Pupils working at greater depth: Should suggest a range of different ways of responding to someone who seems upset, angry, worried.

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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