Lesson 1: Experiencing different feelings

Pupils learn how to recognise and talk about their emotions and the feelings of others

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To describe a range of feelings and develop simple strategies for managing them

Statutory guidance

Mental wellbeing

Pupils should know:

  • 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 example scenarios to think about and time to act these out with prompting questions to help understand their different emotions and what they feel like.

Pupils working at greater depth: Could be challenged to draw upon their own experiences to help empathise with the girl from the clip and use this understanding to describe how she might be feeling.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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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