Classroom activities and resources Primary

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Max's bad week

Here’s a story called Max’s bad week from ‘Classroom Stories for SEAL KS1 and KS2 (www.futurelinkpublishing.co.uk). It fits with the Relationships theme and has activities  linked to the story

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Moving on to a new class or school

This is a nice PowerPoint for an interactive lesson about moving on . It was posted on TES website by lbrowne- thank you!

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An antibullying assembly for primary or secondary

This assembly uses a Who Wants to be a Millionaire format to help children of any age think about bullying

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Cherokee Indian story about anger

This is a great Powerpoint for older primary or secondary which will get children thinking about whether to 'feed the monster' of anger.

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Fabulous Powerpoints to kick off lessons on friendship and conflict resolution

These powerpoints contain fun images - lots of cute animals - and thought-provoking visuals, along with ideas for using them to start lessons . There's one for primary Getting on and falling out theme, and one for secondary Learning to be together theme.

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Films and lessons for anti-bullying or assertiveness/peer pressure work

This fantastic resource from Film Club and Beat Bullying has teaching ideas for using three Primary films and three Secondary films that deal with issues surrounding friendship, standing up for what is right and the power of groups — positive and negative.

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Going for goals - huge whiteboard resource of great clips/ideas/posters for lessons and assemblies on setting goals, persistence and resilience

This resource is a Powerpoint in three parts. There are  motivational and moving film clips, posters, discussion starting points and lesson or assembly ideas. Suitable for KS2, 3 and 4 but with some activities suitable for KS1 too (try the micro-pig learning to climb stairs...) The resource was created for The SEAL Community by Julie Casey.

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Great all-age puppy video about goals and persistence

This is a lovely video (5 minutes or so) that children and young people (primary and secondary) might enjoy, showing how a puppy that had been written off because it couldn’t walk is trained over a two week period to walk, even run, by the vision and relentless optimism and hard work of its owners.

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Twenty iconic quotes on failure that will help children learn about persistence and resilience

This resource has great quotes that would be good to put up at the start of the day or use in assemblies when you are working on Going for Goals/Keep on Learning.

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New Year resolution and goal sheet

A sheet to use for new year resolutions and wishes for self and the wider community, also to set a goal for the coming term. Allows discussion of difference between wishes and resolutions, as well as goal setting to encourage taking responsibility for learning.Uploaded to TES site by Ann50 - thank you, Ann

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Foundation Stage/KS1 New Year resolutions lesson

A lesson idea for children when thinking about goals for the new year and the meaning of new year's resolutions. Children begin by making up resolutions for well known nursery rhyme characters. Posted on TES site by lbrowne - thank you!

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Good to be me/Learning about me whiteboard resources

A brilliant new KS1-4 ‘Good to be me/Learning about me’ whiteboard resource of film clips/ideas/posters for lessons and assemblies, created for the SEAL Community by Julie Casey. Thank you , Julie!This resource is in four parts.

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A lesson on courage

This is a thought-provoking primary lesson about courageuploaded to TES site by erica_hastie_06.

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Good to be me Year 2 medium term planning

This medium term Y2 plan was uploaded to TEs website by ‘arth’ – thank you!

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How are you feeling? Fun quiz for KS2 and 3

This is a fun PowerPoint quiz on recognising and understanding feelings, suitable for KS2 and early KS3. It comes from snivelandshriek.com – thank you!

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Lessons in empathy

These resources help children develop empathy. For primary schools there is a link to a Sesame Street film illustrating what empathy means, a lovely lesson called Empathy in a shoe box, and a Pass the Face circle activity to help children read social cues. There's an Empathy prints cut-out for literacy or history ( contributed to TES website by Temperance - thank you): students explore how a character might be feeling by imagining they are in their shoes and fill in the shoe outlines.

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Embarrassed? Teaching resources about the feeling

Here we have a fun Sesame Street film helping children understand what embarrassed means, and some lesson plans. These cover six short  lessons, with a Powerpoint for each lesson and worksheets – these are on the last six slides. This really useful whiteboard resource is based on the national SEAL materials with some lovely extra twists. It was uploaded to the TES website by Barry P. from Westfield Primary in Wigan- thank you, Barry!

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Love and loss

Here we have a lovely primary assembly or lesson about love and loss, based on the book ‘The Heart and the Bottle’ . It comes from the TES website and was created by jdelaney for the SEAL ‘Relationships’ theme. There is an assembly outline and a slide show of key words in the theme. Plus we have  a primary drama lesson based on the thought-provoking story The Saddest King , created by Natalie Smith of Uplands Primary school,  and a KS2 lesson plan to help children understand death. For secondary there is a PowerPoint lesson about bereavement and how it should be handled.

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Father's day and families

Here are a couple of resourcesfor the Relationships theme - one for Father's Day and one about the many different kinds of families we live in today.

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Motivational poster about changes

This poster prompts discussion about the different feelings we can have about changes in our lives.

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Exploring responsibility

A  Powerpoint story for Y1 or 2, to prompt discussion about taking responsibility for your own actions and  telling the truth. The story was written by Pedro Pablo Sacristan, and the resource uploaded to the TES website by  choralsongster- thank you!

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Transition to secondary school

A fun Power Point show from ‘starfish’, found on the TES website. It has questions to stimulate discussion about primary to secondary transition. It touches on worries, similarities and differences, the journey, friends, timetable, etc.

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Feelings resources for early years and KS1

These lovely resources were created and uploaded to the TES website by talented Emotional Literacy Support Assistant 'elsasupport'- thank you!

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Acts of kindness

Use these stories and film clips to get KS2,3 and 4 children talking about the nature of kindness, and trying out their own ways of spreading a little kindness around school.

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Working in groups

A couple of activities for KS 2, 3 and 4 to help children learn to work together

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Fabulous new year resolution resources

Here we have a lovely KS1/2 worksheet for children to create their own new year resolutions for nursery rhyme characters. They can go on to do the same for superheroes, family, friends - and themselves.There's also a nice worksheet for primary/lower secondary on which children can record their wishes and resolutions for school, world and themselves.Finally there is a really  interesting blog about how to reach goals/keep to new year resolutions. Worth sharing with older primary or secondary students.

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Lessons in grit and a grit quiz - for secondary and upper primary

Grit - resilience, tenacity, willpower- is now much talked about by politicians. This blog by Vicki Davis has some great ideas for teaching grit in the classroom . It includes a grit scale pupils can fill in to self-assess, and useful video links.

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Optimism whiteboard lesson or assembly for primary and secondary

This is a fun  Powerpoint created by The SEAL Community, based around a Trash or Treasure story. It could be used as a lesson or an assembly followed up in lesson time..

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Lessons in goal setting and perseverance

Here are a collection of lesson ideas and films for teaching children how to set themselves goals and stick to them. They were devised by US teachers Amy Lyons and Beth Perkins for eleven year olds and could be used here in upper primary and lower secondary,

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Symbols of resilience

This lesson uses film to help students explore the concept of resilience, then mke a creation to summarise what they have learned. It was created by Deborah Havert and is suitable for older primary and secondary classes.

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Great new primary lessons for Good to be Me

In this selection we have Who we really are, a lovely lesson about identity, for KS1 or 2,  based on the book 'I Look Like a Girl' by Sheila Hamanaka.Then for KS1 there's Raggie Anne and Sadie,  a nice assembly or lesson starter PowerPoint to get children thinking about how different qualities we may have are all valuable.It was uploaded to the TES site by Kate Medhurst- thank you!

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Got some girls making each other's lives a misery?

These lessons from The Ophelia Project in US help girls learn about 'relational aggression' -  the subtle tactics of social exclusion, spreading rumours and threats to withdraw friendship that are so common amongst girls. There are 6 lessons for each age group.

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Changes and transitions medium term plans and PowerPoints

Here's some planning and assessment for every primary age group for the SEAL Changes theme, from the brilliant Bradford Behaviour Support temm,. Plus some nice Y5 resources uploaded by Barry P (thank you, Barry), There are six lesson plans and an accompanying PowerPoint, with worksheets (on the last 6 slides). Please read the teacher notes on slide 35 for notes on the Changes game on slide 2.

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Moving on up - pupil passports and booklets for transition from YR to 1 and primary to secondary

Here we have a booklet for Foundation children to begin on class swaps day when they meet their new Year 1 teachers, and to then take home to share with parents over the summer holiday. It's a Word document so it's easy to edit and to adapt it to meet the needs of your children and your school.It was contributed by cariad2 - thank you, Cariad!Then there is a brilliant passport booklet for children to complete at primary-secondary transition, uploaded to the TES website by lcobbin- thank you!

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Primary New Beginnings new resources compendium

Here we have a nice new idea for creating a classroom charter, and a variation on the charter - a class manifesto, with a teacher's example to help children get the idea.

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New Beginnings planning

From the brilliant Bradford BESD team we have New Beginnings plannning for all year groups, plus assessment materials.And if you teach Y5 you'll like the daily lesson plans for the first week or so of the new term  uploaded to the TES site by Barry P (thank you, Barry). There's a Powerpoint as well as the planning; on the TES site you'll also find resource sheets in Publisher.

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Lessons in friendship

For primary we have the Value of Friendship lesson with activities including friendship bingo and giving compliments, from avatarcrossy70 - big thanks. It comes with a WORD resource for the bingo game.

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Teaching teamwork

For the Getting on and falling out SEAL theme we have a couple of nice lesson plans for developing teamwork. Enjoy!

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Going for goals, making resolutions and resilience new primary planning and resources for 2016

For primary we have first an interesting powerpoint from Studenth (thank you) introducing pupils to the concept of reflective practice, through writing a review of the year and New Year's resolutions. It takes them through four common steps of reflective practice - recall, evaluation, analysis and forming an action plan. Aimed at upper KS2, this could be adapted for younger KS2 pupils. Plus there's another New Year resolution slideshow,with VCOP!

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The worm who wished - but found it was Good to be Me!

This lovely story ( S. Daunt, copyright 2012) was written by and uploaded by Samdaunt77- thank you! It describes a worm who met all sorts of characters and wished he was them… but in the end concluded he was better off being himself. Great for the SEAL Good to be Me theme.

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Good to be me Year 5 daily plans and resources

Daiy plans with PowerPoint and resources for Year 5 SEAL Good to be me theme .

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OH...oh...oh! You must use this wonderful Giraffes Can't Dance film for Good to be Me

Here it is .... for a primary asembly or lesson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86LIN8vRsTg&nohtml5=False  

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A collection of mental health resources for primary

Calm for Kids is an organisation that provides free resources to help teach children to calm themeselves via yoga. meditation and mindfulness. We've uploaded some examples, plus a useful poster from Place2Be.You'll also like Place2Be's resilience assembly at http://www.sealcommunity.org/member-resource/resilience-times-trouble-pr.... Use it with Giraffe's Can't Dance animation athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86LIN8vRsTg&nohtml5=False  

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My grandchildren lost their mother- please use our resources on bereavement and loss

I'm posting these resources for a very personal reason. My twin grandchildren lost their mother to cancer when they were five. They were in their first year at school. Every year issues crop up - this year around mothers' day. So this is a plea for all of you to include work on bereavement and loss in your everyday SEAL/PSHE work, even though it feels difficult.

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Inside Out

We’re sure you’ve seen the Pixar film Inside Out – a really clever story line explaining emotions and basic neuroscience told through what goes on inside the head of a little girl called Riley. The film depicts how we use the five core emotions - joy, sadness, fear, anger, and disgust- when difficult and happy experiences arise, and how we need the negative emotions just as much as the positive.

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50 primary activities for getting to know a new class

Collated from various threads on the TES forums, this booklet gives 50 suggestions for activities to do when meeting your new class either on a transition day, or for the first day of term.

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Eight questions to ask students at the start of the year

Research shows that feeling listened to and that you belong is crucial in school success. Here you will find questions you can ask older primary and secondary children 1-1 or by surveys, to help create that feeling.Yuo might also like to try asking each child to create a Personal Profile; with three headings:What people like and admire about meWhat's important to meHow best to teach support me

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Great ideas for new class team building

This compendim includes a great Room 101 getting-to-know-you activity that gets pupils talking and builds confidence  It is suitable for upper KS2 classes and  secondary tutor groups. It was uploaded by inara 14- thank you!Then there is a nice Future Self  group challenge  that gets children thinking about their future and helps them work as a team.

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A must-see short film

New boy This is a moving, subtle eleven minute film about how it feels to be a new arrival... to be treated badly by other children, and yet find friendship in unexpected places. Based on a short story by Roddy Doyle, the film captures the experience of being the new boy in school through the eyes of Joseph, a nine-year-old African boy.

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Axis of emotion

Use this resource to plot characters' feelings over the course of a book you are sharing.

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Start Empathy Toolkit

This resource is from the US organisation Ashoka, whose goal is to promote increased empathy in children and adults. The resource is a set of Tool Cards: tips, lesson plans and examples, and insights that can help inform everything from how you design your classroom to your daily interactions with students and colleagues. Some exercises can be done in as little as two minutes, while others can take the form of months-long class projects, applied to a range of subjects. Others simply offer a strategy you can adapt to your existing lesson plans.

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My Many Coloured Days Dr Seuss book teaching ideas for Foundation Stage and KS1

This lovely resource is a compendium of teaching and learning ideas based around the Dr Seuss rhyming book in which  each day is described in terms of a particular colour, which in turn is associated with specific emotions.

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On Monday when it rained teaching ideas compendium

Here is a nice collection of activities for the Foundation Stage and KS1, based on the lovely picture book On Monday when it Rained.

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British Values teaching resources compendium

Schools in England are required to actively promote fundamental British values to their pupils, both in lessons and in extracurricular activities. The values are defined as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Under the Prevent Duty, schools must also actively protect children from the dangers of extremism.

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The spaghetti marshmallow challenge

Want a particularly fun activity to use for helping children develop group work skills? You could use the Marshmallow Challenge with the groupwork checklists in the national SEAL Getting On and Falling Out resources. The challenge is to build the talllest free-standing structure you can in 900 seconds. The materials are miniature marshmallows and dried spaghetti straws. The height of the tower is scored at oone point per centimetre.There’s an interesting video about a variant on the challenge athttp://www.ted.com/talks/tom_wujec_build_a_tower?language=en 

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Massive 2016 Getting on and falling out primary resource compendium

Here we have first some new planning additions to the members’ resources area of the website. We have some Y4 medium term SEAL planning from Jo Taylor, and from Fred Daynes (thank you Fred) PowerPoints of the Y4 and 5 Getting on lessons from the national resources.

For work on friendship, for the Foundation Stage we have a PowerPoint about how to be a SuperFriend, and a set of Reception/KS1 cards for children to fill in after the class have read Tony Ross’ I want a friend (uploaded by Angela Scrivens – thank you!)

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Working on persistence and resilience? Why not use the story of a robin ...

Robins aren't just for Christmas. The Michael Morpurgo Coming Home story, read by the author at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RslbtKSrrns is just brilliant for helping children to explore ways of not giving up in the face of difficulties.

You can find  lesson plans to go with the story at https://www.waitrose.com/content/dam/waitrose/Christmas%202015/Midnight/...

There is a nice KS2 literacy lesson plan with a dilemma activity that is perfect for SEAL, plus story mappping and exploring how the robin feels inside.

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Be yourself, don't be a lemming and other 'Good to be me' resources

Here we have scenario cards based around the topic of peer pressure, suitable for KS2. Children work in groups to act and re-enact the scenarios with the actions that they would take. Uploaded by Sby lmcd1206- thank you. Also try this nice Be yourself, don’t be a lemming Powerpoint uploaded by Lisa Jennings.For appreciating your own and others' unique gifts and talents use these Floreat lessons based on a specially created story,  Kangaroo Loves Races.

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Try these great mindfulness ideas

Now more than ever, teaching mindfulness in the classroom is a necessity. Our children are stressed and anxious. Teachers and parents are stressed and anxious, too. Our lives are busy, and we often find our thoughts buzzing over the past or worrying about the future. We need mindfulness because it teaches us to live in the present moment, enjoying and experiencing what’s in front of us. Here you will find simple ways to incorporate mindfulness into your curriculum and bring calm to your classroom.

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New transitions compendium

In this compendium we have a bumper set of Transition ideas for all ages as they move from class to class or school to school, a Y6 lesson on transition and managing change from Katie Jump (thank you!) and some fabulous resources and scheme of work from the brilliant Ruth Frost, SEAL Coordinator at a Torfaen school in Wales. The scheme (Y7 term 1 SOW) can be on transition days in Y6 when children visit their new secondary school. Many of the activities could also be used when they start in Y7.

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Changes primary resources

From Sue Brown we have a 'how I’ve changed sheet' for children to use for the Year 1 and 2 SEAL activity where they think about what about them has changed since they were small, and what will not change. And from Fred Daynes a set of PowerPoints for SEAL ’Changes’ lessons for Year 4 and 5 . Thanks to you both!

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Relationships theme Year 6 PowerPoints

From Fred Daynes we have six Powerpoints of  SEAL Relationships lessons- thank you, Fred!

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Understanding stereotyping

There are some great lessons about stereotyping for all ages in this resource on Universal Values from NASUWT- do have a look!

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Understanding loss and death

There is a very sensitive ‘Death and new life’ assembly or lesson. Uploaded by Ian Forsyth , it draws on his own experience of losing his grandmother and invites children to think about their own losses and make a class memory basket. This resource will help children understand the feelings they may experience and understand that loss and sadness are part of living.

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Get to know your new class and involve parents

Why not send home this One Page Profile and ask children to complete it with their family? They can stick on a photo or draw themselves, then record:- the things that other people like and admire about them- what is important to them ... what they are really interested in, what they want to achieve, favourite lessons and activities, routines that matter to them

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Get to know your new class and involve parents

Why not send home this One Page Profile and ask children to complete it with their family? They can stick on a photo or draw themselves, then record- the things that other people like and admire about them- what is important to them ... what they are really interested in, what they want to achieve, favourite lessons and activities, routines that matter to them

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All-new resource compendium for your 2017 work on Getting On and Falling Out/Learning to be Together

Here we have a lesson for upper KS2 and secondary pupils about migration and understanding what it feels to be different, based on a moving poem.For secondary students there is a Power-Point and linked worksheet and lesson plan on the theme of friendship, from ezzy sunlight (thank you!) , and a very useful suite of resources on kindness and friendship in relation to the use of social media, plus some peer pressure scenarios for role play and discussion.

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We have more in commmon than that which divides us

You may not have taken part in the summer Great Get Together event to celebrate the life of Jo Cox MP, who was killed because of her beliefs. But you can still use the nice classrooom activities from the resource pack devised by the Jo Cox Foundation, which help childen learn that they have lots in common with others they may feel different from. We've uploaded the primary and secondary packs here.

You'll also like this film 'The DNA journey- we are more alike than we think'- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyaEQEmt5ls.

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A Mindfulness-based Kindness Curriculum

 This is an excelllent resource of 24 lesson plans for Reception and KS1.  The resource gives you lots of new ideas for work on SEAL themes, from understanding emotions to welcoming newcomers (New Beginnings), to being a good friend and resolving conflict(Getting On and Falling Out) to handling worries and other strong feelings (Good to be Me).

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