Last Updated: Wednesday, December 09, 2020

Getting help when things don't go well - early level

What is this?

The ideas outlined below will enable you to design an experience which will support children to explore their different emotions and identify who and what can help them.

You can use or adapt this experience for children in your setting or while they are learning at home. This experience can take place indoors or outdoors depending on current Scottish Government restrictions. Consider the range of learner’s prior knowledge and their individual circumstances in relation to this experience and adapt accordingly.

Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) experiences and outcomes: Early level

  • I understand that there are people I can talk to and that there are a number of ways in which I can gain access to practical and emotional support to help me and others in a range of circumstances. (HWB 0-03a)

Purpose of the activity

At early level, children are developing their understanding of their emotions. For example, they are learning about how they feel when things do not go well for them. This activity could be used to reassure children that there are people they can talk to when they are in this situation.

Learning activity

  • Ask children to reflect on a time when something did not go well for them. For example, the book or toy the child wants is chosen by another child.
  • Ask them to think about what emotions they feel at this time. Can they show you or talk to you about how this made them feel?
  • Children could think about who helps them when things do not go well for them. If it happens at home who helps them? If it happens in the setting or school who helps them?
  • Explore with children what this person does to help them feel better again. Do they listen to them? Do they help them to reflect on what has happened and to talk about how they feel?
  • Now explore with children all of the things that they could do to make someone feel better. Maybe they could sing a favourite song, read a favourite story or play with a favourite toy or game. You could engage in one of these activities together.

Extension activity

If appropriate, ask the children to draw a picture of them being supported by someone to reflect on their emotions and to feel more positive. They could write a sentence about what they did to feel better.

National benchmarks

These experiences and outcomes are part of Responsibility for all. There are no benchmarks for these experiences and outcomes.

Possible approach to assessing learning

As practitioners, you know your learners well and can alter the expectations of outcomes for individuals. You can look at different ways to review or discuss children’s work. This will give you the opportunity to provide feedback and identify next steps in learning. Some children may want to share their work with others. They may also wish to add/upload photos or a record of their work to their learning journal.

If learning is taking place at home, you could encourage parents or carers to share comments, photographs or examples of children’s work.

When planning approaches to assessment, you may wish to consider the latest guidance about assessment.