Family Groups Timetable - Spring Term 2017


Getting back in the swing of things! Welcome to the new year. What makes a new year special? Why are fresh starts good?

Lots of sharing of best bits of Christmas and the new year and making some pledges/resolutions for the coming year.


Introduce the book – Silly Limbic – explain it is designed to help us talk about our feelings and share our experiences.

Create a set of ground rules together such as:

We will listen carefully to the story and to each other

We won’t laugh at things somebody else says

We only have to share our thoughts and ideas if we want to

Read the story and explain we will be using the book over the next few weeks. Ask what children like about the story etc.


Re-cap the book from last week. What can you remember about the story? What did you like? Remind them of your set of ground rules and have these on display each session.

Introduce the PAWS Breathing technique lesson 1 – explaining what happens in our brain when we are scared or upset

Pay attention to how you feel

Ask yourself: “Am I in Danger?”

Walk away/move – take a mindfulness walk

Shake it off


Recognising Feelings

Map out the storyline of Limbic

Identify all the different feelings that the characters experienced and why

Create a mood board to collect different feelings – what colour do you think each mood or feeling would be?

Can you group different feelings together?

What shape or image goes with each type of feeling?

Share some examples and suggestions together?

(Nobody will be right or wrong.)

Ask children to bring in magazines or paper that they could use on a group collage next week.


Recap some of the ideas and thoughts from last week.

Take a short mindfulness walk.

Create a collective collage of feelings as a journey map.


Year 6 running a mini fayre in the hall – instead of family groups this week, bring your class to the fayre

Half Term


Re-read the story of Silly Limbic – what do we remember?


Describing feelings: Feelings Bingo from the resources.

Measuring feelings: Talk together about big and small feelings – generate lots of words and lay them out in a continuum. Can our feelings change?


Play feelings charades – what feelings can we see; how does your body language help us realise what you are feeling; what about your facial expression/tone of voice? Guess the feeling.

Asking for help with our feelings. Daisy helps Oscar and her Dad helps reassure Oscar all is Ok. Generate lists of people who might help us manage our feelings. The children could draw around their hands and list five people they can talk to if they need to.


Dealing with Feelings Ourselves – The 3 P’s – explain how our brains release chemicals to help us feel happy and stable and resilient. Oscar is missing out on this because of Limbic. Every day we need to practise:

Positive actions

Positive interactions

Positive thought

Ask children to think about all the fun things they like doing – how do these activities make them feel/

Take a mindfulness walk exploring the senses

Share positive things you have noticed about each other


Reflections on the book and what we have learned.

We are working as real researchers and will be telling the author of the book all your wonderful ideas and thoughts about the book – what worked well; what you like; what you think could be better. Thank you from Limbic and Naomi.

Easter Holidays

Forest School

In our family groups we take part in Forest School as a part of our commitment to outside learning and vertically tiered learning opportunities. Click on the link below to find why Forest School Day is already high on the list of best days of school for many of our pupils.

Forest School at Shaldon