Emotional Literacy Support at Mountjoy School
What is Emotional Literacy?
- Recognising and understanding our own feelings
- Talking about our feelings
- Learning how to manage and express feelings appropriately
- Developing self-esteem and confidence in social situations
- Building and maintaining friendships
- Knowing when and how to ask for help
Why is it important?
- When we feel good about ourselves, we enjoy learning
- Emotional well-being aids concentration, memory, communication and thinking skills
- Being emotionally literate helps us develop resilience
- We are able to cope with anxiety
- We learn from our friends and enjoy their company
- Happy individuals make a happy school
How do we support Emotional Literacy?
- We have 3 trained ELSA’s working in Mountjoy school, they work closely with the Deputy Headteacher and class teachers to select pupils who would benefit from being part of an ELSA group.
- ELSA’s plan and deliver programmes of enjoyable activities for individuals and small groups that are appropriate for the age and stages of development.
- The ELSA’s aim to provide a supportive and encouraging working atmosphere in which we can address specific issues which are affecting emotional and social development.
- Sessions take place weekly for around 30 minutes and run between half a term and a term.
- We use games, puppets and role-play as a way of exploring aspects of emotional literacy
- Sessions are fun and meaningful for everyone. They are structured and have a clear routine which may include a small snack and a song.
- ELSA work forms part of an individuals personal development and compliments the day-to day learning in school.