Last Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Supporting children to reflect on uncertain experiences 2 - first level

What is this?

Ideas to support you to design a learning activity to help children to reflect on uncertain experiences and develop strategies to understand the emotions these experiences bring.

CfE Experiences and Outcomes: First 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 1-04a

Purpose of the activity

  • Supporting children to reflect on uncertain experiences and the emotions these experiences bring.
  • This activity can be adapted for use at home, if children are learning remotely.

Learning activity

  • Ask the children to write down ten things that they are certain about that they definitely know to be true. Some examples might include:
    • Their name
    • Where they live
    • Their favourite food
    • A favourite film
    • The kind of flowers that bloom in the spring
  • Now ask them to think about things they are not so sure about. This might include things that often change. For example:
    • What the weather will be like tomorrow
    • What job they might do when they grow up
    • What clothes they might wear next Wednesday
    • Who will be the next Prime Minister
  • Questions to make children think about uncertainty:
    • What do they do when they are not sure about something?
    • What might they do, for example, if they did not know the answer to a question?
    • Who do they trust to help them?
    • What kind of things can they do to help themselves?
  • Ask the children to think of a time when someone helped them when they were unsure or uncertain about something. Task them with the following:
    • Imagine they had to write them a short thank you note, in a card, a letter or an email. What would they say?

Reassure the children

  • At times when you are uncertain about something, or it is making you feel anxious, you should ask a trusted friend, a parent or an adult you trust. You can discuss your thoughts and feelings about the situation with them and anything you might need them to do or say to help you.

National Benchmarks

  • Talks about own strengths, interests and skills.

Possible approach to assessing learning

  • Ask the children to create a simple poster or illustration to highlight what they can do, or what steps to take when they feel unsafe or uncertain.
  • 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.
Resource subject Health and wellbeing
Resource type Learning activity
Resource format Webpage