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Pupil Resilience Unit 5- Talk things over

11.1.19

Parent & Carer Guide

Talk Things Over

Challenges or setbacks can cause us to worry. Feeling worried
about things that have happened or will happen are a normal
part of life. When we worry, things go round and round in our
head. If these feelings are not dealt with, they can sometimes
get out of control. However the good news is that eventually
these feelings will pass.

Through this unit, children will learn how worries affect our
wellbeing and what we can do to deal with them to stop them
escalating. This includes strategies like writing them down,
talking them over, realising things will pass and asking for help.
In this unit, Skipper is worried there is a monster in
the river. Skipper helps the children to learn that
there are ways to manage worries. Sometimes
we can’t deal with worries by ourselves, so we
need to ask for help.

In this unit, we will be learning that:
• At times we all feel worried
• If worries are not dealt with, they can sometimes get out of
control
• If you are struggling, it is important to ask for help
Talk it Over:
Share a story with your child about a time you needed help
because you didn’t know how to do something. Who did you
talk over your worries with? What was the difference talking
about it made?
Home Activity:
Together create a ‘Worry Monster’. You may want to give it a
funny name and an unusual personality. Encourage your child
to bring their monster into school to share with their class..
Key Book: ‘ A Huge Bag of Worries’ by Virginia Ironside.

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UNIT 5 Talk Things Over

Home Activity

At times we all feel worried. It is important to encourage children to share and talk
about what they might be worried about. It can be difficult in bad times to believe
that things will get better, but just like the weather, things will change at some point
and better times will come.

We have learned that:
 At times we all feel worried
 If worries are not dealt with, they can sometimes get out of control
 If you are struggling, it is important to ask for help

Activity

We would like you to make a Worry Monster together. A Worry Monster is a 3D junk
model monster with a large mouth. The Worry Monster can help children to manage
their worries. When they write down their worry, they can post it in the Worry
Monster’s mouth. It can also make it easier for some children to express their worries
if they don’t want to share them.

Use art materials to create your own Worry Monster (remember it needs a big mouth
for all your worries!)

• How many heads does the monster have?
• Does it fly?
• Does it have scales, lumps, bumps, or is the skin smooth?
• How big is it?
• Can it swim?
• How fast can it run?
• Does it have a name?
• What powers does it have?

You may want to give it a funny name and an unusual personality. Now write down
one of your worries and post it in your worry monster. Bring your worry monster in to
school to show your class.

Please return your home activity to school so you can share your ideas with your class.
Some examples will be chosen to share at our Sharing Assembly, thank you. 🙂

Sometimes the only answer people are looking for when they ask for help is that they won’t have to face the problem alone.”

(Mark Amend)