The same but different: lesson plan for ages 4 to 5

Primary

This lesson plan, created for World Mental Health Day 2020, helps young children explore how our emotions connect us.

WMHD 4 To 5

The theme for this year’s World Mental Heath Day is ‘mental health for all’. This lesson plan helps young children learn more about feelings and emotions.

Using the book The Same but Different Too! by Karl Newson & Kate Hindle, and some simple activities, children will learn that we may often feel similar emotions, but we often may feel different to each other too.

 

Using this resource

This resource is designed for:

  • Children aged 4 to 5
  • Use with whole classes and smaller groups

This resource is written as part of the Mentally Healthy Schools World Mental Health Day 2020 resources. It can be used alongside the following resources:

 

Curriculum links

England

Understanding the world

People and communities:

Children know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

Northern Ireland

PERSONAL UNDERSTANDING AND HEALTH

 Pupils should be enabled to explore:

• themselves and their personal attributes;

MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING IN THE LOCAL AND WIDER COMMUNITY

Pupils should be enabled to explore:

• similarities and differences between groups of people;

Scotland

Social Wellbeing

• I recognise that each individual has a unique blend of abilities and needs. I contribute to making my school community one which values individuals equally and is a welcoming place for all.

Wales

Humanities - Human societies are complex and diverse, and shaped by human actions and beliefs.

I can show an awareness of who I am and that I am similar and different to others.

I am beginning to develop my awareness of similarities and differences between people.

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