School Programmes

Finding your way

Finding Your Way Resources for Schools

For us to teach children about emotions, we first need to understand them well ourselves. We also need to make sure we are dealing with our own emotions in a positive way if we are to be good role models to the children we teach. The Finding Your Way resource help everyone to learn about their core emotions, why we have them, were they come from. For some adults, this maybe the first time we have even thought about it, it truly is a simple, safe and fun mental health lesson for all!

A Whole School Approach

Aimed at developing a whole school approach to delivering the key skills of emotional intelligence and mental health resilience from EYFS through to Key Stage 2 using fun characters and stories.

Big Feelings

Sadness

Sadness

Fear

Fear

Happiness

Happiness

Surprise

Surprise

AngerAnger

Disgust

Disgust

The Lesson Plans

With this in mind, a series of lesson plans has been written to sit alongside the books for teachers to use in their classrooms starting in nursery and running straight through to year six, enabling a whole school approach. In this way emotions can be taught in an inclusive, fun, creative and safe way to all year groups, building their learning year on year as the child’s brain develops.

Overall Aims

  1. A simple and consistent approach to educating children about why humans have emotions. For all children to learn about and understand their own feelings, why they need them and what motivates them, and others, to behave the way they do.
  2. To help children develop key skills for their long-term mental health, self-esteem, and resilience through supporting the delivery of the World Health Organization definition of good mental health:

    'A state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community’

  3. To support teaching aims across the national curriculum programme of study for EYFS, KS1 and KS2, underpinned by opportunities to improve reading and literacy skills along the way!

The Lesson Plans

What you get

What the School Programme Includes:

  • 252 lesson plans written by experienced primary teacher, Nick Russell
  • Age appropriate emotional education for each year group
  • Specifically tailored to meet national curriculum objectives
  • A full set of plans for each year group, Reception through to Year 6
  • 6 plans for each book in the series, covering the 6 core emotions
  • Designed to run over the six half terms for 6 weeks
  • Tested, safe and easy to delivery for any teacher
  • Includes a full set of the 6 Finding Your Way Books for each year group

The plans can be purchased separately for each year group, 36 in total, and are available from Nursery through to KS2.

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All children, in every walk of life, will struggle with their feelings from time to time. Modern family life is complex and it could be argued that children have to deal with more emotional pressures than ever before. Ignoring or suppressing feelings can result in children becoming fearful. Yet parents, carers and teachers sometimes struggle to know how to effectively deal with the emotions that children display.

The Finding Your Way school programme has been written specifically to help children understand their feelings and behaviour, and what they can do to become more resilient. Following 10 years of working in schools, Kay's inspiration for the series came directly from the creative therapy techniques she uses in her sessions, and are based on her first hand experiences. The books are written from the child's perspective and encourage us all to take a more creative and playful approach to working with children, especially when dealing with life's more serious problems in order to reduce fear and anxiety.

'It seems crazy to me to wait until a child is in crisis before offering them help. There is always a reason children display emotions and challenging behaviour and we can all help. Educating children about their emotions is key, once children are able to understand why we have emotions, what they are for and how to manage them, they will feel less anxious and alone in their experiences. As a society, we are losing our ability to talk to children and recognize when they need emotional help and support. It's time for us to change' 

Kay Brophy, Psychologist and Family Practitioner, member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and The Association for Family Therapy (AFT)

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The Sad Skeleton

Available for:

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

36 x Finding Your Way lesson plans specifically written to help educate children about emotions for each year group in EYFS.

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Key Stage 1

36 x Finding Your Way lesson plans specifically written to help educate children about emotions for each year group in Key Stage 1.

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Key Stage 2

36 x Finding Your Way lesson plans specifically written to help educate children about emotions for each year group in Key Stage 2.
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Schools we've worked with

Apley Wood School

Greenacres Primary School

Grange Primary School

Haletscott Junior

Mount Pleasant Primary

Oxon CE Primary

St. Lawrence CE Primary

Sundome Infant School & Nursery

The Martin Wilson School

The Wilfred Owen School

School Case Study

As the message spreads of what we are trying to achieve with this project, one thing you might like to hear is about how it has worked so far. 

Sundorne Infant School and Nursery was one of the first schools to take us on board with Year 2 Leader Joanna Lovett able to observe the results at first-hand. This is what she had to say:

"We piloted this project with our Year 2 children last year and have expanded that to include Year 1 and Year 2 this year."

"It has proved extremely useful in helping children understand emotions and be able to hang that on a picture and a map that characters journey around - it’s a nice context, moving through the emotions from the negative to the positive."

"The children really buy-in to the characters in the storybooks and we do lots of role play. It helps with their English, the children talk about what’s going on and can refer back to the core emotions to see how we are better able to regulate our own behaviour and solve any disagreements."

"We have a brig drive on mental health and wellbeing at the school, this has been a fantastic project and teaching aid which both the school and our pupils have found to be hugely beneficial."

Case Study

 
As a primary school teacher with experience working with children in London, Rome and Shrewsbury across both Key Stages. I was introduced to Kay last year and she asked me to work on lesson plans and teachers’ notes for her series of books dealing with emotions. Having worked with kids across many schools and in various different cultures, I could see how these books would be relevant to all, and more importantly benefit them. This age is crucial at learning how to deal with emotions, as they transition from childhood into teenage years, and this transition seems to be happening at a younger and younger age.
The books are spot on – not daunting, but stories kids can connect with; they make potentially traumatic feelings seem less scary. They teach kids how they can manage their feelings, and that all emotions are normal, not something to be scared of. I have felt privileged to work on the project and really hope that the content we have produced is widely used.

Nick Russell
Our six Finding Your Way books have been specially created with children in mind and focus on the six core emotions of happiness, sadness, fear, anger, disgust and surprise - but what do the children actually think about them?
What People Say About Us

 

It has been a privilege to work with you. The support and help you have given our pupils and their families has been invaluable.

Mentors, Mountpleasant

 

You have helped me a lot with my feelings and anger problems.

Child, The Grange Primary

 

It was really helpful and I really enjoyed coming to see you.

Child, The Grange Primary

 

We have learned skills to deal with our problems which has helped us to cope better, I feel a lot stronger now, you've been amazing.

Parent, Sundorne Infants

 

My daughter can now talk to me if she has any problems, I'm really pleased about that, thank you.

Parent, Belvidere Secondary

 

It's been fun playing with you, I am happy in school now.

Child, Sundorne Infants

 

Thank you so much for everything you have done. Me and my family are very grateful to you.

Parent, Sundorne Infants

 

Thank you for everything you have done for us, it has been lovely working with you.

SENCo, Church Stretton