Sit in a circle and ask children to tell the person next to them about a time when they felt really scared. Then do the same with excited.
Finally, do the same with a happy time, and have children share back around the circle, but with the partner sharing the other person’s happy memory.
Explain that sometimes we can experience very strong feelings and emotions; the lesson today is about how we manage intense feelings and emotions.
Click to play “Paradise Street”, Episode 7.
Leyla has a crush on her sister’s boyfriend, Gabriel, but she ends up feeling foolish. Meanwhile, following recent events in Marcus’ personal life, Miss Nichols gives him a creative outlet to soothe the powerful emotions he has been experiencing.
See the Module Overview for further guidance on this section.
Use the Lucky Dip Questions in Appendix 1 to generate discussion.
Alternatively, here are some questions you can use to facilitate a conversation with pupils about the drama:
• Do you think Gabriel knew that Leyla liked him? Why was it so obvious? What do you think Leyla and Gabriel felt in that moment in the kitchen?
• Puberty is a time when feelings of romance and attraction can start. How does that make you feel?
• Do you think Leyla likes Gabriel as much as she thinks she does?
• Why is Cassie so desperate to get Leyla out of the way so she can spend time with Gabriel alone?
• Do you think making cookies to show Gabriel how much she liked him was a good plan of Leyla’s?
• What do Siobhan and Finn think of Leyla’s infatuation?
• What are Leyla’s future dreams about her house and family with Gabriel? What do you think of them?
• Can you describe how Leyla might have felt upon finding out that her sister Cassie and Gabriel were going out?
• Knowing that Marcus was fighting with Alex because Alex had said something bad about his Mum, do you think Marcus’ actions were justified?
• What does Miss Nichol’s tell Marcus about feelings and actions? Do you agree with that? Can you think of any situations where you have acted on feelings and it has ended badly?
• When Miss Nichol’s asked Marcus how he was feeling, should he have been more honest? Why/why not?
• Why do you think Miss Nichol’s wanted to bring Marcus’ Mum in?
• What do you think Marcus’ Mum really means by ‘teething problems’?
• What does Miss Nichol’s suggest to help Marcus talk about his feelings?
Click to play “Delving Deeper into Episode 7”
“Delving Deeper” is a presenter-led film which highlights some of the key ideas presented in the film, gives some teaching and provides a Christian context by linking to the Kester storyline.
This teaching includes:
• Puberty begins with an increase in hormone production, which leads to physical and psychological changes.
• The hormonal changes have a direct effect on the development, growth, and function of the brain, bones, skin, and sex organs.
• They also stimulate libido (sexual longing), which is one of the major emotional triggers during puberty and is probably why Leyla had a crush on Gabriel.
• Mood swings are common among teenagers. More often than not, the subtle changes in their feelings and emotions are due to the hormonal changes in their bodies. A teen may seem relaxed and reasonable at one moment and may lose their temper the next. Or they may be very emotional or irrationally angry over the seemingly smallest thing.
Techniques to deal with difficult feelings:
The following notes can be used to help children complete Exercise One in the workbook activity below.
• HALT – Am I Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired?
• Taking a time out
o Counting 1-10
o Going for a walk outside
o Doing some breathing exercises
• Do something creative
• Write what you are angry about on a piece of paper and then tear it into little bits
• Remember happy memories or list things you are thankful for
• Telling someone you trust about how you feel e.g. God, your parents/carers, teachers etc.
Children should complete the ‘Managing my Feelings’ activity in their Paradise Street Workbooks (see note above for Exercise One).
Today’s activity helps children to remember techniques to deal with difficult feelings and to identify when they have/should have used these in the past.
It is advisable for children to complete these workbook activities independently. You might like to play music in the background to encourage focus, before bringing the class back together to conclude.
Invite children to close eyes and listen to the following reflection read by teacher:
Let me love you, my Lord and my God,
And see myself as I really am:
A pilgrim in this world,
A Christian called to respect and love
All whose lives I touch…
My friends and my enemies.
Help me to conquer anger with gentleness,
Greed by generosity,
Lack of care by enthusiasm.
Help me to forget myself
And reach out toward others.
Excerpts from Prayer of St Clement (edited for sense for younger audience)
Sit in silence for a moment and give thanks that God loves you as you are and helps you when you struggle and make mistakes.
Play: “My Dedication”