The ‘Activity Planning Tool’ is useful to brainstorm different learning opportunities across the curriculum that a resource can offer to support the discussion of emotions.
This example shows how the story of ‘It’s Beautiful to be a Querk’ can be a stimulus for lots of areas within the curriculum whilst facilitating conversations about the different cog concepts. For example, when doing the circled art activity of creating animals from the story, part of the success criteria can be that your animal must show that they are happy, frightened or worried. This is giving the children an understanding of different behaviours we have when we feel positive and negative emotions. The circled ‘sensory activity’ of berry tasting can be used to practise words such as Tingly, spicy, cold, squishy (Body sensations) or Yuck, disgusted, enjoyed, liked (Emotion words). Similarly, in the circled music activity, when composing a sound story with musical instruments, children can be asked to create sounds that they associate with an emotion word or body sensation. Create a sound that sounds mad (Emotion Words) or makes you tingle all over (Body Sensations).