Lesson Bundle : Feelings & Managing Change - KS2


KS2 lessons to explore feelings of love, jealousy, sadness, anger and worry at times of change and stress such as bereavement, family break-up, moving to a new school or during exams. Lessons include: Family Break Up: My Mum Doesn't Live Here Any More, Secondary Transfer: From the Biggest to the Smallest, Stressed Out, Bereavement: Treasured Memories, Valentine's Day, The Green-Eyed Monster

Family Break Up: My Mum Doesn't Live Here Any More

This lesson is designed to help children cope with family break up. It is delivered in a cartoon format using Go-Giver character Callum’s personal experience  to explain what can happen when mums and dads don’t get along anymore. 

Cross curricular links: Literacy, Drama, History (timeline)

Learning Activities

  • Discussion: Different types of families and the changes that can occur in families
  • Folding activity to show the value of good communication
  • Puppet show script
  • Timeline to show family changes
  • Discussion: Different techniques for managing anger.


Year 6 Transition

This transition lesson for Year 6 helps children to prepare for secondary school. Follow Teefa as she organises herself and gets ready for the first day, considers how to keep safe, and sets herself goals. Links: schools, keeping safety, leavers, leaving

Cross-curricular links: Design Technology 

Learning Activities:

  • Designing school bags
  • Resisting peer pressure
  • Developing study habits


Stressed Out

This lesson for lower KS2 upwards aims to help children understand the situations that cause stress, and to recognise and deal with stress in themselves and others. It accentuates the importance of sharing and listening. Links: schools, MENTAL HEALTH

Cross-curricular links: Literacy, art

Learning Activities:

  • Metaphors
  • Expressing feelings through art
  • Guidelines for good listening


Bereavement: Treasured Memories

This lesson helps children understand how to deal with their feelings after the death of someone they cared for. It also suggests activities for children to do in school on the occasion of the death of a pupil or adult associated with the school. Links: family, mental health

Cross curricular links: RE, Literacy

Learning Activities

  • Description of the emotion and journey we might experience following the death of someone we care about
  • An allegorical tale to encourage discussion
  • Ideas for whole school coping mechanisms


Valentine's Day

The origins of Valentine’s Day traditions. Suitable for all KS2.

Cross-curricular links: Art

Learning Activities:

  • Pay it forward activity
  • Valentine Day cards with promissory coupons
  • Destructive emotions
  • How to show you care


Jealousy: The Green-Eyed Monster

A lesson about the difference between envy and jealousy, and how jealous feelings can be harmful to ourselves and others. It suggests various scenarios where jealousy can occur and how we can react negatively or positively. Suitable for Year 4 upwards. Links: respect. bullying, anti bullying

Cross-curricular links: Literacy

Learning Activities:

  • Story of The Rivals
  • A court drama
  • Monster maze