Symbol Story Board Development for Foundation Vocabulary Development

This is a practice article written some time ago by one of our practice team and Early Years trainer Morag Dickie.  We don’t have the full set of boards as a resource to share unfortunately, and the photo of them that we have isn’t the best quality – sorry, but hopefully you’ll find value in […]

The Angry Song by Fischy Music

In this practice example we make use of the symbol movie for ‘The Angry Song’ by Fischy Music and Sticky Kids as a literacy stimulus for exploring the emotion of anger with children in the Nursery & Lower Primary stage. Play Video To use with a nursery group Watch the video and identify EW foundation words […]

Parkhill Primary School Display

Here’s a great idea for a whole school Emotion Works display with each class contributing their own class work within a large cog shaped piece of paper. Well done to the staff and pupils at Parkhill Primary School in Fife, and many thanks to HT Susan Harper for sharing the photos and this account about […]

Word learning using ‘In-the-moment labelling’

In the early years the Emotion Works approach focuses on developing foundation language for the different cog concepts. In this practice article we focus in on the learning and teaching process involved. The ‘in-the-moment’ teaching process To help a young child learn a word they don’t yet know, we recommend an approach that involves naming […]

Books, Stories, Film Clips and other resources for Multi-emotion discussions

Here’s a starter list of recommendations and suggestions for popular books and other resources that are useful for general emotion discussions. If you want to source your own, what you’re looking for is a book, story, film clip or another stimulus that features a variety of emotion characters, photos, facial expressions, poses & words. ‘Lots […]

Getting to Know You Activities and the ‘Connect’ Resource

A perfect set of resources for the start of a new session when you’re getting to know a new class or group. The toolset and guidance booklet will also be a helpful source of information and ideas for nurture practitioners and others working with pupils in more targeted ways towards developing positive relationships. Connect Relationship […]

Coggle Analysis – what it is and how to do it

The ‘Coggle Analysis’ planning tool has been around for a while so we’ve created this page to share some examples of how it looks and works in practice. We also want to be more explicit about what we mean by ‘Coggle Vision’ for those of you new to Emotion Works and the cogs. Read on […]

In Your Heart – A vocabulary planning example across all Emotion Works levels

In this article we demonstrate how the Vocabulary Planning Tool can be useful for informing ‘Word Works’ vocabulary teaching across the different levels of the Emotion Works programme. First of all, here’s a planning tool completed for the Story Book ‘In my Heart – a book of feelings’ by Jo Witek. This one is very […]

Using Emotion characters and symbols for Emotion Word learning

In this guide we provide vocabulary teaching tips for developing and expanding the foundation words and language required to develop an early understanding of the first 5 emotion cogs. Includes… Suggestions for differentiating early level learning conversations across the different cog concepts Information about keeping the different cog concepts ‘in mind’ to help identify words,