Originally developed for deaf children, this innovative and successful drama programme addressing personal, social and emotional needs can benefit all children in primary schools. The interactive and lively ideas cover a variety of themes from empathy to assertiveness. Bringing together the expertise of a drama teacher and the skills of a teacher of the deaf, the book provides an unconventional way of exploring human concerns.
Module Five: ‘I'm Happy Being Me’
This five-session module has the object of increasing children's sense of self-esteem. This is a seen as a vital basis for achievement at school, and for sound emotional health in life. The module also prepares the children for the last module, ‘I can express what I need’, since it is from a position of feeling comfortable with oneself that one can be proactive about one's needs.
The content within this module develops through the introduction of a character, Jake, who may have some of the same feelings as the children. The children are able to focus on this individual to explore their own feelings and reactions to the factors within their lives. The main strategy promoted for developing happiness ...