At Charlton CE Primary School we are very lucky to have Miss Kew who focuses on the emotional wellbeing of our pupils. She works closely with children to provide additional support where needed.
Miss Kew is a fully trained Emotional Literacy Support Assistant- ELSA. Please see below for more information.
If you feel that your child might benefit from her support please do contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively make an appointment through the school office.
Understanding emotions is very important and something that most children struggle with. It is easy for children to mix up their emotions in the same way that they often mistake hunger for tiredness or being thirsty, or a stomach ache for a headache.
Many believe that there are 6 main emotions which are: happiness, sadness, anger, fear, disgust and surprise. It is good for children to learn from an early age to name these emotions, understand when they are feeling them and how it makes their body feel.
There are lots of resources that help us as adults to talk about emotions with children. It is important for children to understand that whilst some emotions may feel too big and scary it is important for us to have them. As long as we can name them, understand them and know how to deal with them, we can become masters of our emotions rather than the other way round.
The following resources are all free on the amazing ELSA website.
Mindfulness according to the Cambridge dictionary is the practice of being aware of your body, mind and feelings in the present moment, thought to create a feeling of calm.
A way of achieving this is going to look different for everyone. A lot of people enjoy colouring, reading, listening to music or mindfulness recordings.
The following are just a handful of resources that can be found.