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 demonstrate how positive ‘self-talk’ affects the way we think and behave.
- To further encourage the children to help each other feel positive by expressing each other's strengths.
- To demonstrate the uniqueness of each person in the group.
Materials and Preparation
- Pieces of paper for each child. The paper should be large enough to draw their hands on. (For ‘Handprints’)
- Pens or pencils for each child. (For ‘Handprints’)
- An orange for every child (or potato). (For ‘Oranges’.)
Introductory Name Game
‘Something I've Done Well this Week’
Have the children sit in a circle. This game builds further on last session's name game by encouraging the children to think about achievements that contribute to them having a positive image of themselves. Tell the children that you would like ...