Symbols in Practice in Early Learning Settings

This article provides a range of examples showing how symbols added to the nursery environment and incorporated into activity planning can increase opportunities for children to learn and practice emotional language and develop emotional undersatnding. Browse the photos in the first slideshow to see the variety of possibilities. Planning for Seasonal Discussions In the context of […]

Book of the week – 1 cog focus at a time

We really like this idea from Treetop Family Nurture Centre in Fife who identified a series of books over a period of weeks to use as a book of the week. Their clever ‘coggle vision’ planning meant that the books they shared each week were chosen because they contained a lot of words relating to a […]

Nursery or Nurture Room Wall Display for developing emotion vocabulary

This interactive Feelings and Emotions wall display was developed from a proposal we shared with the EYs team at Towerbank Nursery in Edinburgh.The upper half of the display shows photographs of different ages of people showing different emotions,  displayed with a corresponding emotion word.  These photos were found by using an internet photo search, but commercially […]

Emotion Works Christmas Padlet

The ‘in-the-moment-labelling’ approach in practice

During puppet play, this ASN teacher builds on her pupil’s emerging knowledge of the emotion words happy and sad using the ‘in-the-moment’ labelling approach using a symbol keyring of emotion words. By labelling the emotions happy or sad using a spoken word and a symbol while the child is actually experiencing an emotion himself or […]

Symbol Story Board Development for Foundation Language

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 […]

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 […]

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 an […]

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 Emotion Works discussions where multiple emotions feature within the same stimulus. 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 […]

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 […]