Young people have to cope with stress yet often are given little or no practical help, nor are they taught coping strategies. Using the popular technique of Circle Time, this book provides a range of exercises to promote relaxation, inner confidence and a positive sense of self through the use of visualisation. These strategies are already established in other walks of life, such as sport, and will build on emotional literacy work as part of the PSHE curriculum. The exercises are also accompanied by questions, discussion prompts and worksheets. This book will be useful for all adults who want to provide young people aged 8 upwards with the tools to assist emotional development.

Tests and Exams

Tests and exams

Tests and exams are unavoidable and they have crept more and more into the primary sector. The following is an exercise that has been created in order to help children to relax when confronted by them.

A few days before the exam ask them to practice breathing slowly and fully (from the diaphragm). Good relaxation goes with a fuller breath. Shallow breathing increases nervousness. Tell the children that they are going to do a projection based on feeling relaxed before and during the exam.


Close your eyes. I want you to use your imagination and imagine that when you wake up on the day of the exam, instead of dreading the day, you are going to wake up and look forward to ...

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