Last Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Change happens – early level

What is this?

Ideas to support you to design an activity to help children understand that change happens.

This learning activity is based on early level experiences and outcomes.

When designing learning activities, think about the range of learners in your class and their individual circumstances.

CfE Experiences and Outcomes: early level

  • I understand that my feelings and reactions can change depending upon what is happening within and around me. This helps me to understand my own behaviour and the way others behave. HWB 0-04a

Purpose of the activity

  • At early level, children are developing their learning through play and everyday activities. They are developing their understanding that change happens. This activity can be adapted for use at home, if children are learning remotely.

Learning activity

  • Whenever you use content on a platform like YouTube, please cue the film you intend to play in advance, check it is the film you want to view, and skip the adverts.
  • Using the context of the first day at school, share the story The Kissing Hand read by Storyline Online. This tells the story of a racoon who is nervous about starting school.
  • Ask children to speak to an adult about changes they have experienced, maybe it was starting school or nursery. How did they feel about the new change?
  • Explain that changes happen and it is okay to feel nervous or scared about new things.
  • Ask children to think about what helps them if they are nervous about changes or new experiences.
  • Encourage children to draw things that help them feel more confident such as talking to an adult, finding a friend to share the experience with or taking a toy from home as a comforter.
  • It will be helpful to have a discussion about this topic to help them realise everyone has these feelings from time to time as well as share practical ways to help them tackle changes confidently.

Extension activity

  • For children who require more challenge in their learning, you could extend this activity by asking them to think of ways they can help others who may find change difficult. Children could decide how they want to share their ideas for example, through drawings, write down their ideas or recording a quick video.

National Benchmarks

  • Depending on a child’s individual stage of development and their prior learning, children will be working towards these benchmarks by the end of early level.
  • These experiences and outcomes are part of Responsibility for all.

Possible approach to assessing learning

  • You know your learners well and can alter the expectations of outcomes for individuals in line with the benchmarks.
  • When planning approaches to assessment, you may wish to consider the latest guidance published by Education Scotland.
  • If children are working remotely, encourage them to share photographs, drawings or video clips describing their progress in learning. Receiving examples of learning at home from children will help you understand how they are managing the tasks you have set and enable you to provide feedback.
Resource subject Health and wellbeing
Resource type Learning activity
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