Welcome to the

EMOTION WORKS
literacy programme

This specialist roll-out of the Emotion Works curriculum will be running throughout the 2021-22 session and will supply and share our best literacy resources and practice examples to help schools boost their pupils’ language and literacy skills alongside their resilience and emotional wellbeing.

From 6th September our Practice Support Team will be on hand to guide schools who are ready to make a start on the 12-week schedule. There will be fortnightly live check-ins and week-by-week signposts and stimulus ideas to support and inspire you.

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Please feel free to preview the Training information and Teaching Block summaries below to see how the Literacy Programme will run. If you have further questions our FAQ blog might help.

If you’d like to sign your school up for the Literacy Programme, please progress through to our PRODUCTS page to select your school size and make your purchase.

OUR CURRENT SPECIALIST PROGRAMME & TRIAL PACKAGE

EMOTION WORKS LITERACY PROGRAMME

LITERACY PROGRAMME TRAINING & PRACTITIONER SUPPORT

FOR TEACHERS & SCHOOLS NEW TO EMOTION WORKS:

Training Recording

Watch the Inservice Training recording ‘GETTING STARTED with Emotion Works – a Literacy Focus’

Website training and teaching pages

Teachers – familiarise yourself with the Component Model Curriculum by working through the Getting Started training & teaching pages

Identify your starting point 

Think about your learners. What do they already know about Emotion Works and the cogs / cog language? Identify a level and starting point for your group based on their general curriculum level and prior experience of EW. Use the Progression Document to help.

 

Plan your own Schedule

Look over the proposed blocks and weeks of the Literacy schedule. Decide on how long you’d like to spend on each block and allocate dates to your personal schedule. 

Live Check-in / Q&A

Join us live if you can on Monday 30th August at 4:30pm for our first #EWliteracy check-in where we’ll provide more pointers for the Introductory teaching block and answer any questions you have.

 

or watch the meeting recording available from 31/8/21

FOR TEACHERS & SCHOOLS ALREADY FAMILIAR WITH EMOTION WORKS:

Training Recording

Watch the Inservice Training recording ‘NEXT STEPS with Emotion Works – a Literacy Focus’

Website training and teaching pages

Teachers – consolidate your understanding of the Component Model Curriculum by revisiting the Getting Started training & teaching pages

Identify your starting point

Think about your learners. What do they already know about Emotion Works and the cogs / cog language? Identify a level and starting point for your group based on their general curriculum level and prior experience of EW. Use the Progression Document to help.

Plan your own Schedule

Look over the proposed blocks and weeks of the Literacy schedule. Decide on how long you’d like to spend on each block and allocate dates to your personal schedule. 

Live Check-in / Q&A

Join us live if you can on Monday 30th August at 4:30pm for our first #EWliteracy check-in where we’ll provide more pointers for the Introductory teaching block and answer any questions you have.

 

or watch the meeting recording available from 31/8/21

LITERACY PROGRAMME TEACHING BLOCK 1

INTRODUCING EMOTION WORKS TO PUPILS

(or a reminder for pupils who have learned about EW before)

  • Early Level (Nursery) – What are Emotions & Feelings?

Using the ‘Emotion Characters Slideshow’ & Classroom Poster

  • Early Level (Lower Primary) – 5 Emotion Cogs: 🟠 🔴 🟡 🟢 🔵

Using the ‘Introducing the 5-Cog Model Slideshow’ & Classroom Poster

  • First Level (Middle Primary) – 6 Emotion Cogs: 🟠 🔴 🟡 🟢 🔵 🔘

Using the ‘Introducing the 6-Cog Model Slideshow’ & Classroom Poster

  • Second Level (Upper Primary/S1,2) – 7 Emotion Cogs: 🟠 🔴 🟡 🟢 🔵 🔘 🟣

Using the ‘Introducing the 7-Cog Model Slideshow’ & Classroom Poster

 

TRACKING PROGRESS NOTE – Pupil responses during first conversations about the Cogs during this Introductory Block can be recorded and kept on file to track depth of emotional understanding over time.

You could also make use of our ‘Timed Assessment’ tool to check starter levels of understanding more formally.  

LIVE CHECK IN / Q&A Join us live if you can on Monday 30th August at 4:30pm for our first #EWliteracy check-in where we’ll provide more pointers for the Introductory teaching block and answer any questions you have.

or watch the meeting recording posted the following day

LITERACY PROGRAMME TEACHING BLOCK 2

WORD WORKS

Identifying and expanding the vocabulary & language related to each of the cogs

As you move on to take a closer look at each cog concept with pupils, we help you focus in on developing the vocabulary and language associated with each cog through our ‘Word Works’ activities and resources.

 

  • Early Level (Nursery) – What are Feelings & Emotions?

Words and Pictures that help us talk about our Feelings and Emotions (linked to the first 5 cogs)

Using the Feelings & Emotions slideshow, Classroom Poster, and foundation symbol resources

 

  • Early Level (Lower Primary) – 5 Emotion Cogs          🟠 🔴 🟡 🟢 🔵

The words and language we use to help us talk about the Emotion Works Cogs

Using the 5-Cog Model Slideshow, Classroom Poster, 5x Cog slideshows and resources

 

  • First Level (Middle Primary) – 6 Emotion Cogs            🟠 🔴 🟡 🟢 🔵 🔘

The words and language we use to help us talk about the Emotion Works Cogs

Using the 6-Cog Model Slideshow, Classroom Poster, 6x Cog slideshows and resources

 

  • Second Level (Upper Primary/S1,2) – 7 Emotion Cogs   🟠 🔴 🟡 🟢 🔵 🔘 🟣

The words and language we use to help us talk about the Emotion Works Cogs

Using the 7-Cog Model Slideshow, Classroom Poster, 7x Cog slideshows and resources

TRACKING PROGRESS NOTE – Pupil responses during first Word Works activities can be recorded and kept on file to track word knowledge improvements over time.

You could also use our ‘Quick Assessment’ tool to check Emotion Word and Regulation Strategy knowledge more formally.

LIVE CHECK IN / Q&A

Join us live if you can on Monday 13th September at 4:30pm for a ‘Word Works’ check-in where we’ll provide more pointers for this teaching block and answer any questions you have about the coming weeks.

or watch the meeting recording posted the following day

LITERACY PROGRAMME TEACHING BLOCK 3

EMOTION CATEGORIES

Exploring different types and categories of emotions using Emotion Works cogs and concepts

In Block 3 we help you to develop and deepen your pupils emotional understanding by focusing on one emotion at a time. Using a piece of literature featuring the weekly emotion as a stimulus, we demonstrate how to share and explore emotional content with pupils using the cog framework.

 

We provide suggestions for literacy starters for each emotion category (including books, excerpts, poems, movie shorts, film clips, song lyrics etc.) and demonstrate how Emotion Works learning can take place across the different levels through a variety of talking, listening, reading, and writing activities.

 

The examples we share can then be integrated into your own practice, or you can use our suggestions as inspiration to apply the teaching ideas to your own choice of text or literacy stimulus.

Nice Feelings, Positive Emotions:
Happy, Joyful & Excited category

Using an emotion character slide, symbol & cog resources, and selected texts
Which stories, poems, songs, film clips etc. might you use?

Not Nice Feelings, Negative Emotions:
Sad, Upset & Disappointed category

Using an emotion character slide, symbol & cog resources, and selected texts

Nice Feelings, Positive Emotions:
Calm, Relaxed & Peaceful category

Using an emotion character slide, symbol & cog resources, and selected texts

Not Nice Feelings, Negative Emotions:
Frightened, Scared & Worried category

Using an emotion character slide, symbol & cog resources, and selected texts

Not Nice Feelings, Negative Emotions:
Angry, Annoyed & Frustrated category

Using an emotion character slide, symbol & cog resources, and selected texts

Other feelings and emotions – suggestions will be provided, or choose your own

LIVE CHECK IN / Q&A

Join us live if you can on Mondays 27th September, 11th and 25th October at 4:30pm for #EWliteracy check-in where we’ll provide more pointers for this teaching block and answer any questions you have about the coming weeks.

or watch the meeting recordings posted the following day

LITERACY PROGRAMME TEACHING BLOCK 4

LITERACY MINI-TOPIC

Applying Emotion Works learning to a series of lessons linked to a Book or Film Study or other Literacy Stimulus

Block 4 of the Literacy Programme involves delivering a plan of Emotion Works lessons based around a class novel, author/book study, TV series/film study or another literacy theme or topic.

 

You can opt to make use of one of the Book or Film study plans we provide, or you can identify your own stimulus linked to a class topic or school context and develop your own plan.

 

If you would like to incorporate your literacy and Emotion Works planning into a broader learning theme, we also provide some examples showing how Emotion Works and Literacy can be incorporated IDL planning.   

LIVE CHECK IN / Q&A

Join us live if you can on Mondays 8th and 22nd November at 4:30pm for #EWliteracy check-in where we’ll provide more pointers for this teaching block and answer any questions you have about the coming weeks.

or watch the meeting recordings posted the following day

CHECK-IN SESSION RECORDINGS

MONDAY 10th NOVEMBER

MONDAY 27th SEPTEMBER

MONDAY 13th SEPTEMBER

MONDAY 30th AUGUST

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EW LIBRARY

Once you’ve worked through the Getting Started training and have completed your first roll-out with pupils, the nature of the Emotion Works ‘spiral’ curriculum is to revisit the key concepts with learners over time using different teaching stimuli and a variety of resources.

This is where our EW Library comes in. In this area of the website you will find our full archive and ever-growing bank of Digital Resources and Practice Ideas.

  • Our Digital Resources Library includes hundreds of worksheets, slideshows, planning tools, symbol supports and much more. A filtering system helps you search by curriculum level, topic or cog concept to help you find what you’re looking for, or discover a new resource to use.
  • Our Practice Ideas Library shows a ‘pinterest’-style overview of photos and completed work that can be searched through and looked at in more detail to inspire and support you in your planning and teaching.

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