A Christmas themed way of developing emotional vocabulary in Nursery and Early Primary.
This idea uses the religious story of the Nativity to develop early emotional vocabulary. The stimulus itself can be a book, a verbal retelling, a video clip (see link below) or a school performance – anything to tell the Nativity Story.
Once the children are familiar with the Nativity Story, invite them to retell the main parts, using supportive questioning where necessary, and having the 5 part model in mind:
What did the Angel tell Mary? (She was to have a baby.)
How did Mary feel about the baby? (Excited.)
What did Mary and Joseph do to get ready for the baby? (Go on a journey on a donkey.)
How did the journey make Mary and Joseph feel? (Tired/Worried.)
Who did they ask for help? (The Inn Keepers.)
What did they do when the Inn Keepers told the “no”? (Kept asking other Inn Keepers).
Who came to visit the baby Jesus to celebrate? (Wise Men and Shepherds came and brought gifts.)
How did the Wise Men and the Shepherds feel about baby Jesus? (Happy.)
The children’s suggested vocabulary can be used to create a symbol board, similar to the one in the examples below (also in the link).
This pre-made symbol sheet can be used to support children’s understanding of the story and emotional concepts.
It can be used in a variety of ways: it can be displayed alongside a Nativity scene or book to prompt children’s own story telling or play; it can be used as a prompt sheet to recall the Nativity Story, or it can be cut into individual symbols for children to sequence or unpack the story.