Our resources have been written by teachers, for teachers and are designed to teach the curriculum through the context of children's mental health.
The Finding Your Way programme enables teachers and students to learn about emotional health and well-being in a fun and safe way. It teaches why we have emotions, where they come from and how to deal with them more effectively. Our books and associated resources allow teachers to deliver a whole-school approach through learning about core human emotions and developing the key skills of emotional intelligence from EYFS through to Key Stage 2. The price for the whole-school programme is £950, which allows permission for full usage of all the resources within one school.
The school and academy packages contains:
A full interactive training package for all teachers to access
Lesson plans covering 315 hours of learning
Tailored, age and development appropriate for each year group
Specifically written to meet national curriculum objectives
Tested, fun, safe and easy to deliver for any teacher
Lifeland map and Big Feelings poster to display in the classroom
- A set of the six Finding Your Way books per year group
The Lesson Plans
A series of lesson plans sit alongside each of the picture books for teachers to use in their classrooms, enabling a consistent whole-school approach to delivering emotional health and well-being. In this way emotions can be taught in an inclusive, fun, creative and safe way to all year groups starting in reception and running through to Year 6, building on the child's learning year-on-year as their brain develops and their emotional intelligence increases.
- A simple and consistent approach to educating children about the six core human emotions of sadness, fear, happiness, surprise, anger and disgust through a series of lesson plans and six core texts which can be memorised and referred back to throughout the primary education years.
- For all children to learn about and understand their own feelings, why they need them and what motivates them, and others, to behave the way they do.
- To help children develop the key skill of emotional intelligence for their long-term mental health through supporting the delivery of the World Health Organisation definition of good mental health: 'A state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community’
- To support teaching aims across the national curriculum programme of study for EYFS, KS1 and KS2, underpinned by opportunities to improve reading and literacy skills along the way!
Feedback from teachers using the resources
"It has proved extremely useful in helping children understand emotions. They really buy-in to the characters in the storybooks and we do lots of role play.
It helps with their English too as the children talk about what’s going on and can refer back to the core emotions to see how we are better able to regulate our own behaviour and solve any disagreements. We've had a big drive on mental health and well-being at the school and this has been a fantastic project and teaching aid which both the school and our pupils have found to be fun and hugely beneficial."
Year 2 Leader Joanna Lovett, Sundorne Infant School and Nursery
A note from the author
"The Finding Your Way school programme has been written specifically to help children understand their feelings and behaviour, and what they can do to become more emotionally resilient. Following years of working in schools, my inspiration for this series came directly from the creative therapy techniques I use in my sessions, and are based on my first-hand experiences of working with children. The books are written from the child's perspective and encourage us all to take a more creative and playful approach, especially when dealing with life's more serious problems in order to help reduce their anger, fear and sadness."
Kay Brophy, Psychologist and Family Practitioner, member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and The Association for Family Therapy (AFT)
It has been a privilege to work with you. The support and help you have given us all has been invaluable.
Teacher, Mount Pleasant Primary School
You have helped me a lot with my feelings and anger problems.
Child, The Wilfred Owen School
I feel I understand myself better now and I know who it's safe to talk to when I'm struggling with my emotions.
Child, The Martin Wilson School
I can now talk to my family when I have any problems, I'm really pleased about that, thank you.
Child, St Lawrence Primary School