Stories with a Message - Primary
Today’s young people often lead complicated lives and have much to deal with. Have you ever struggled to tackle those difficult social and emotional issues that often crop up in your classroom? If the answer is yes, then Stories with a message is ideal for you.
Each of the photocopiable stories in these resources broaches challenging subjects often faced by today’s children and young people in a subtle and non-threatening way. Accompanying photocopiable question sheets encourage further thought and discussion about the topics covered in each story, enabling the teacher to get a message across to a troubled student while avoiding confrontation, embarrassment and other problems that a more direct approach can sometimes create, even with those students who take offence at the slightest hint of criticism or who find it hard to speak up.
The ultimate aim of these resources is to persuade students to consider those around them and the situations in which they might find themselves. They encourages a deeper understanding of cause and effect, right and wrong, and reward and consequence. The questions at the end of each story also allow teaching staff to gain an interesting insight into the thoughts and emotions of individual students.
Stories with a message is flexible and can be used on an individual, group or whole-class level. Activities fit with PSHE programmes and can fill anything from a ten-minute slot to a whole lesson. Stories can be used pre-emptively or after an incident in order to reaffirm an understanding of what is expected and appropriate.
This book will prove invaluable for any teacher faced with children who need support with social and emotional issues.
The primary book contains 29 photocopiable stories with accompanying questions.
Author Rachel Adams is a Teaching Assistant and has worked in both primary and secondary schools. Her experience of tackling a variety of complex issues with students led her to develop Stories with a message.