Lesson 1: Wonderful me: Understanding my feelings

How would you feel if you lost a beloved toy? Children follow a well-known story to help them to understand and describe the different emotions they may experience.

Learning objective

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

National curriculum

Schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice.

The PSHE Association Programme of Study advises that pupils are taught:

  • H11. about different feelings that humans can experience
  • H12. how to recognise and name different feelings
  • H14. how to recognise what others might be feeling
  • H16. about ways of sharing feelings; a range of words to describe feelings
  • H18. different things they can do to manage big feelings, to help calm themselves down and/or change their mood when they don’t feel good

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Might 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 will also understand how the other characters feel.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Elaine Bousfield,  
Wellbeing specialist
Elaine worked for many years as a therapist with young people. She is the founder and chair of XenZone and its children and young people’s counselling service, kooth.com. Kooth delivers an online counselling and therapy service. It is also an online community…
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