The Emotion Works Cogs Slideshow (7 cogs)


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This is a useful classroom resource for more able learners who are ready to be introduced to all 7 of the emotion cogs and the 7-part component model.

The Emotion Works Cogs Slideshow (7 cogs)

The Emotion Works Cogs slideshow is a useful classroom resource for more able learners who are ready to be introduced to all 7 of the emotion cogs and the 7-part component model.

Each cog is introduced over 4 slides as follows –

  • A solid coloured cog is shown and referred to by it’s colour, ie. ‘The orange cog’. This helps us to point out and pay attention to the colour coding.
  • The symbol, title and sub titles of the cog concept are revealed along with a definition to look at, read and discuss.
  • Two initial examples are provided inside visuals of post-it notes. At this point you might ask if pupils can think of further examples of things that fit with that cog concept.
  • A number of additional examples appear, which can be compared with the suggestions made so far. With this final slide on display you might extend and expand ideas about the cog in a number of ways.

The order of cogs introduced in the slideshow is as follows – Emotion Words, Body Sensations, Behaviours, Emotion Triggers, Regulation Strategies, Emotion Intensity and Influences.

You may decide to introduce 1 cog-at-a-time and plan a follow up activity to reinforce learning. For example to create an Emotion Words thesaurus after watching and talking about the orange cog slides, or to learn about and practice progressive relaxation after being introduced to the blue cog.

The 1-cog-at-a-time workbook
If you do decide to progress through each cog in turn you may find it helpful to prepare this 7-page workbook for each learner to record information about each cog and consolidate their learning.

The task for each page may be very similar – for example with each cog coloured correctly, a definition composed and a list of relevant words and phrases associated with each cog (similar to the word bank document). Nb. before photocopying you might add a white circle to the inside of each cog to blank out the symbol so that learners draw the symbol in themselves.

Alternatively, each page could be used differently for each follow up task – for example the Emotion Words page might become a framework for a Thesauraus, and the Regulation Page might contain a script for progressive relaxation to try out with peers.


With a very able group or individual, you may feel that the slideshow could be used from start to finish to introduce each of the cogs and the 7-part model all at once. Follow up tasks in this case could be supported with any of the 7-part model digital resources, and inspired by other practice ideas and examples in the members area. Don’t forget to use the ‘By Level’ filter to search for and identify relevant content.


This slideshow may also be useful for showing to colleagues or other adults as a way of introducing them to the Component Model as a visual framework.