Understanding our emotions - YoungMinds & Beano

This lesson introduces children to different emotions, how to speak about them and how to manage them.


This resource will help teachers deliver a lesson about emotions and feelings. The lesson will help children:

  • understand a variety of emotions and what can cause them
  • extend their vocabulary to describe their feelings to others
  • consider who could help when emotions become overwhelming


Using this resource

This resource is designed for:

  • children aged 3 to 11
  • use with whole classes

There are two packs available for learners in the Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2 in Wales, the First and Second Level in Scotland, and KS1 & 2 in England.

Each pack contains a lesson plan explaining how to deliver the lesson. There is also a PowerPoint with introductory video included, an extension activity and resources for delivering activities.


Curriculum links

England - RSHE

Mental Wellbeing

Pupils should know:

that there is a normal range of emotions (e.g. happiness, sadness, anger, fear, surprise, nervousness) and scale of emotions that all humans experience in relation to different experiences and situations

Scotland - Health and Wellbeing

Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

• I am aware of and able to express my feelings and am developing the ability to talk about them.

Wales – Health and Wellbeing

Statement 2 - Having an awareness of our own feelings and emotions is the foundation upon which empathy can be developed. This can enable us to act in a way which supports the mental health and emotional well-being of others. Supporting learners to develop strategies which help them to regulate their emotions can contribute towards good mental health and emotional well-being.

By learning how to communicate their feelings, learners will be better placed to create a culture where talking about mental health and emotional well-being is normalised.

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