Social & Emotional Aspects of Learning

Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL)

SEAL is a whole academy subject started off by a Friday assembly based on six termly themes which are then further sub-divided into weekly themes.

For example, week 4: New Beginnings (first term theme) with ‘Being Welcoming’ as the weekly theme.

Pupils have one lesson a week to expand the theme but also may dip into it during other lessons (cross-curricular). The five main areas of SEAL cover self- awareness, self – motivation, managing feelings, empathy and social skills.

Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning is now a formalised aspect of your child’s education at Friars. SEAL has 5 main areas:

  • Self – awareness is about knowing your emotions, recognising feelings as they occur and being able to tell them apart.
  • Managing feelings is the ability to handle feelings so they are relevant to the current situation and you react appropriately.
  • Motivation is about ‘gathering up’ your feelings and directing yourself towards a goal, despite self-doubt, apathy or impulsiveness
  • Empathy is the ability to recognise feelings in others and tune into their verbal and non – verbal cues.
  • Social skills is about handling interacting with others, sorting out conflict and negotiation.

It begins in assembly where the theme of the week is introduced. This is followed up in the class assembly by different activities based on the theme. Throughout the week the theme is uppermost in everyone’s mind and mentioned at every opportunity.

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