The terms emotional intelligence and emotional literacy both refer to the ability to recognise, understand, handle and appropriately express emotions.
‘Emotional intelligence’ is a person's overall ability to deal with their emotions, while ‘emotional literacy’ suggests a person's ability to communicate their emotions through words and read them in others.
We aim to support every child in being able to recognise, understand, handle and appropriately express emotions. This is to support each child in becoming emotionally literate as we know this forms a solid foundation for supporting further education. In turn, this will support the child's holistic development whilst in our school.
Each week, every class receives support in developing the key skills and strategies to supporting the 5 statements above (knowing emotions, managing emotions, self-motivation, empathy and handling relationships). This can be addressed through discussions, drama, scenarios and books. In addition to this, our pastoral lead provides support for individual children or groups of children, accessing a range of bespoke interventions where required.
Through weekly sessions and supported intervention, the children's ability to manage their emotions, empathy and handling relationships will be second nature for all. This will be evident through the positive relationships they have built, and maintain, in the classroom and outside of school. Their ability to deal with issues that arise will be improved through their knowledge of dealing with conflicts and emotional issues.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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