Videos to support the teaching and learning of emotional literacy



Despite being very new to film making and my ‘Gatwick twang’, I have decided to make videos on topics relating to emotional literacy and resilience. The videos are probably most suited to Key Stage 2 (and later ones Key Stage 3) aged children although some parts of each video are probably accessible to younger children. The videos could be used in the classroom as part of a PSHE program or at home by parents and carers.

You'll need to stop and start the videos...

I cover a lot in each video and set tasks and/or prompt discussions along the way, so I would encourage viewers to stop the videos to allow time to complete tasks or discuss topics further. I might make a workbook to go alongside these videos at some point if this looks like it will be useful.

Watch either in order or one in isolation

Each video is stand alone and can be watched in isolation. However watching Parts 1 to 13 in order will consolidate many of the main messages about emotions.

I will add more...

I will add the link on this post to each video as I produce them.



  • What can we say about  Anger ?

A video that explores many aspects of anger: the physical symptoms, what can trigger anger, techniques to avoid aggressive responses, how we can make anger a positive thing, how to empathise or sympathise with someone who is angry etc This video can be watched on its own but is supported well by the video: What can we say about emotions? Part 4. What can we say about emotions? Parts 6 and 7 also support the contents of this video.

  • What can we say about  Worry ?   

Explores what worrying is, how it is linked to thinking and what we can do to help ourselves when we worry.

  • What can we say about  Sadness ?

Explores the triggers of sadness, its symptoms, different words for sadness to improve emotion vocabulary and what can help us cope with sadness.

  • What can we say about Shame ?

A video that explores this more complex but potentially powerful emotion, its link to self esteem and how to cope with it.

This video looks at the emotion of joy as well as the happiness that's an indication of how contented we are with our lives. 

  • What can we say about Hurt ?

A video that looks at the hurt we feel when we think someone has treated us unfairly and how to cope with it.



Ten tips that it is essential to understand to improve our emotional literacy.



Videos looking at general aspects of different emotions.

Explores what emotions are and what might trigger different emotions.

Explores the idea of emotions being enjoyable and unenjoyable. Starts to look at the effect emotions have on us.

Explores the idea of emotions having different ‘strengths’. Also looks at the varied vocabularly for happiness, sadness and anger and how strongly each word might indicate we are experiencing any particular emotion.

Looks at the effect emotions can have on us - especially worry, sadness and anger.

Emotional check-ins and prompts to help children think what might have triggered unenjoyable emotions.

Looking how different interpretations of the same event can lead to quite different emotions being triggered

Exploring our reactions when we are experiencing unenjoyable emotions  - what helps, what doesn't?

A look at coping strategies for emotions that can hang about for a while like worry or sadness.

Looking at why emotions evolved and why this means they sometimes don't suit us in the modern world - especially those which release adrenaline like anger or fear. This will help  children understand why emotions sometimes cause us difficulties.

  • Part 10 - see above - Top ten tips for emotional literacy
  • What can we say about emotions? Part 11      Empathy

Exploring what empathy is, how it helps and how we can become better at it.

  • What can we say about emotions? Part 12      Moods

Exploring moods - and how they are different from emotions

Exploring the emotions of learning, focus, mistakes, and developing a really positive attitude towards learning



  • What can we say about emotions?         Part 14        Fun with emotions

Creative ways to think about and explore emotions - in a sort of celebratory way!

  • What can we say about disappointment?
  • What can we say about fear?
  • What can we say about boredom?
  • What can we say about embarrassment?
  • What can we say about jealousy?
  • What can we say about gratitiude?
  • What can we say about loneliness?
  • What can we say about surprise?
  • What can we say about guilt?

And more...

Future topics will include:

anxiety, kindness, resilience, optimism, self-esteem, keeping our mind healthy  and more.