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Understanding emotions from facial expressions


Why is this important?
Facial expressions are the way we understand how others feel. They
communicate essential information to the listener and are a fundamental
part of social understanding. Being able to read and describe emotions in
others helps in the development of emotional intelligence.

What to do
• Collect together pictures from catalogues/magazines or photographs
of faces showing emotions

(e.g. a baby crying, a scared child, a happy clown, a surprised lady).
• Put out the pictures and talk about the different emotions, e.g.

‘Look, the girl is scared. What could she be scared of?

Maybe a big dog or a ride at the fair?’
• Demonstrate a ‘scared’ face and ask the child to copy.
• Try this for all four emotions – ‘happy’, ‘sad’, ‘scared’, ‘surprised’.
• Put out the four pictures and ask the child to point to:

‘Who’s surprised?’
‘Who’s happy?’
• As you share books, talk about how people are feeling and why.

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  • Through our Christian school and ethos, we all aim to believe in ourselves, each other, our teachers, leaders and parents. With reflection and prayer, we trust in God that our prayers will be heard. We know that every child is a child of Jesus, treating everyone with respect and dignity that they deserve.

    Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
    Matthew 7:7


  • We aim to build our pupils’ and teachers’ confidence, delight in their teaching & learning and discipline in seeking wisdom; gaining the truth, knowledge, understanding and skills they will need in their everyday lives. We offer a broad and inspiring curriculum that nurtures emotional intelligence, creativity and remembering of important knowledge. We teach and learn collaboratively leading to our pupils developing the life skills of learning.

    For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
    Proverbs 2:6


  • We aim to be the best we can be. Whilst nurturing our pupils’ and staff, we encourage and drive them to aspire to achieve their hopes and dreams. We are honest in the fact that this will take hard work, perseverance and resilience.

    For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
    Jeremiah 29:11


  • Above all we aim to show compassion to ourselves and each other. By developing strong relationships and friendships we develop a true understanding of each other.

    ‘Love thy neighbour…’
    Luke 10:28


  • We are a family. We show compassion for all members of our community irrespective of gender, ethnicity, religion or sexuality. We strive to be ‘courageous advocates’ for our local, national and global community.

    There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.
    Galatians 3:28



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