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.
Session 4: Empathy
- To begin to consolidate what has been learnt about the skills of friendship from previous sessions.
- To see that understanding people's feelings is an important part of friendship.
- To begin to respond to other people's feelings.
Materials and Preparation
- Flipchart sheet/s from Module Two: Session 2(‘Feelings’)
- ‘Feelings’ from the CD-ROM cut up into small cards (for ‘Pairs, feelings and responses’).
- Two large baked beans cans, or similar.
Introductory Name Game
‘I'm a Good Friend’
This game starts to consolidate what has been learnt by the children about the skills of friendship in the previous sessions.
Have the children sit in a circle. Ask the group to think about all the work they have done so far on friendship. Encourage them to remember the skill practised in each session. Now ask each person to think ...