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Show a range of emotion photos – see photo pack SEAL (Any photo dealing with Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning)

Make a collection of flashcards to match these (or get the children to suggest the emotions first)
Discuss why these people look as they do and what might have happened to make them feel that way.

Children to work in small groups to create mini scenarios around these photos.

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Act these to each other and discuss the feelings and how these are shown in people’s behaviour. Talk about body language and facial expressions as well as what the characters do and how they move in different situations.
Get the characters to freeze frame and hold a speech bubble over their heads so they can explain what they are thinking or saying in certain situations. Take photos for display later in the term.

Use prepared sheet of speech bubbles for children to write the feelings and thoughts of characters from the photos. Support less able children by writing for them, it is the ideas that are important! Children can draw the characters to match the bubbles, and share the work with their friends. Try to get the children to show in their bodies, faces and voices what they are feeling.



What have we learnt about different feelings and emotions?

  • Which emotions did we talk about? (happy, angry, sad, scared)
  • What did we learn about the different emotions? (Talk about how different people reacted and begin to develop the idea that this does not just relate to humans.)
  • Can dogs feel any of the emotions we have talked about?
  • Ask the children to recall Blue dog stories they have heard where Blue was showing his feelings? (When was Blue haapy, when was Blue angry)

Make a list of situations when Blue showed his emotions. ( e.g. Blue was angry when somebody tried to take away his bone.Blue was happy when he had a soft bed to sleep in)
Compare Blue's feelings to those of humans. (In which situations are people happy, sad or angry?)


In ‘Dazzle’ or other drawing package use the shapes to make pictures of facial expressions 

In the downloads you will find

  • Pictures for colouring







  • Animal picture cards for games

Example 1: Understanding what a pet is.
Identifying the animal.
Which one is the ideal pet?
Match the animal with the right home.



 Example 2:
Understanding the needs of a dog.
What kind of food does Blue need?
What objects does Blue need?
What things do children need?






Blue is going travelling - what objects would he take?

Think about what toys are suitable for Blue and for the children.
Which objects do children need?
Which are Blue's favourite toys?
Which are children's favourite toys?
Food that dogs and children like
Objects that dogs and children like

Understanding dat humans and animals may have different emotions

What is important for children ? ( toys, objects, food)
How do you feel when somebody takes away your favourite thing? How would you react?

What is important for Blue? (Food, bones, toys, bed..)
What can be important for both Blue and children?
How does Blue feel when someone takes his favourite thing?
How does Blue react?





The children's corner can be used as an interactive tool:

Daan's Zoo
In the Zoo, there are different animals. Look for the ideal pet!

How to play the game:

When an animal appears, pass the computer mouse over the squares and match the one showing the correct colour and animal noise.




Tiny's Kids
In the game Tiny's Kids, there are pet and wild animals. Have a look ...

In this game, Tiny's kids are looking for their mum. All kids look different.

Match the right mum and kids.

See how happy the kids are when they find their mum. Listen to mum singing a lullaby.

Blue is thirsty
Blue lives in a nice confortable home. Right now, Blue is thirsty and looking for a drink. Can you help Blue to find the right water to drink?

Click on the different places that contain water.
Many are not suitable for drinking. Can you help Blue find the one place where the water is for drinking.

Use this game to help talk about a dog's needs.




Blue is hungry
Blue is hungry and he goes to the shop with his owner. There are many things for sale: some a good for Blue to eat but others are not. Can you help Blue find the food that is good for him?

Click on the different things on the shelves. The wrong things will give him a tummy ache, but the right food will make him happy.





Blue at the vet
Blue is feeling not very well and his owner has taken him to the vet. See Blue sitting on the vet's table looking sick and a bit scared.

Ask the children to help the vet by clicking on the objects along the bottom.






Blue at the toy shop

Blue is in the toy shop and he is looking for new toys to put in his basket.

Can you help Blue to pick the toys that are best for him?
How does Blue feel when he gets a toy in his basket?

(If he pics a child's toy, it jumps back on to the shelf)





Do the children understand what a pet is?
Do children understand what a dog needs?


Lesson notes for evaluation of project / evidence / resource list




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To understand that animals including humans have different feelings and emotion.


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