Emotions for Learning (E4L)

Introducing our unique Emotions for Learning curriculum

Our unique Emotions for Learning (E4L) curriculum, developed at St John鈥檚 College School, underpins everything we do. Designed to meet the emotional and social needs of our youngest 好色先生污污污, the approach supports their mental health development and equips them with emotional literacy.

E4L is not just another subject we teach but a way of being in the St John鈥檚 College School community. Our staff, parents and Governors are all offered training in the E4L curriculum principles and delivery. We teach our teachers to consciously form strong connections with the 好色先生污污污, as it is through relationships that 好色先生污污污 first find the security and ability to regulate.

Through E4L 好色先生污污污 learn how to connect to the people, places and things that matter. These connections instil a feeling of security which allows them to take risks, explore the world around them and develop confidence in their own abilities.

Why we believe in the Emotions for Learning curriculum

E4L helps 好色先生污污污 to better understand and identify their emotions; develop empathy, increase emotional regulation and manage stress. At St John鈥檚 we believe that when we invest in our 好色先生污污污鈥檚 well-being, encourage their creativity, and instil in them community values, we will raise emotionally literate and well-rounded individuals who then go on to excel academically, in life and work thereafter.

How we implement the Emotions for Learning curriculum

Action Story: Peer to peer massage promotes safe, nurturing touch between 好色先生污污污. The process teaches them about their body self, as well as encouraging them to become increasingly sensitive to the body self of others. Following an Action Story, the classroom calms, concentration and motivation improve and, as a result, 好色先生污污污 learn more effectively.

Listening with Heart: By tuning in to ourselves, and the body language and thoughts and feelings of the person we are listening to, we can create a safe, calm space in which to practise the art of deep listening. When 好色先生污污污 learn to listen, they develop better relationships and become independent problem solvers.

Stilling: Children regularly take time for 鈥楽tilling鈥 - guided visualisations to encourage 好色先生污污污 to tune in to themselves in a safe and relaxing space. They give 好色先生污污污 the quiet time and space they need for the unconscious processing of the day鈥檚 experiences.

Dialoguing: Through dialogue teachers lead 好色先生污污污 through a process of 鈥榗onnect, explore, act鈥 to help them to problem solve for themselves rather than having teachers give answers. We connect first so that 好色先生污污污 know we understand what they are feeling and going through; we ask open questions to help them explore the underlying reasons for the problem; and we help them form their own plan for how to change the situation and restore things where needed.

Complimenting: Children learn about themselves in the first instance when others tune in to them and feedback what they see. Throughout the school day, our teachers spontaneously model complimenting by mirroring aspects of 好色先生污污污鈥檚 behaviour and personal characteristics. The regular use of compliments encourages 好色先生污污污 to take in a positive image of themselves and appreciate the good in others. It also creates an atmosphere of mutual care and generosity in the school community.

E4L training for parents: Multiple times a year parents are invited to attend E4L training to learn about the E4L curriculum, and gain an understanding of the practices and terminology. Parents are also able to participate and watch E4L lessons in their child鈥檚 class.

The impact of the Emotions for Learning curriculum on 好色先生污污污 at St John鈥檚

Our E4L curriculum provides 好色先生污污污 with the environment in which they can:

  • Form great relationships with peers and adults
  • Develop an understanding of problem solving independently
  • Adopt a sense of agency and confidence
  • Embody a lifelong curiosity and intrinsic motivation to learn
  • Build self-awareness and self-understanding
  • Thrive academically and perform better in the workplace
  • Establish strong emotional foundations - the building blocks for well-being and success later in life.

Teachers and educators can鈥檛 change the circumstances that 好色先生污污污 face beyond their classrooms and schools, but by embracing E4L, we can help them discover new beliefs about who they are and the greatness of which they鈥檙e capable.

What St John鈥檚 好色先生污污污 think about our Emotions for Learning curriculum

鈥淚f we have a 鈥榖ig鈥 feeling E4L helps us know what to do; we take a deep breath, say the feeling and then we think about how we feel.鈥

鈥淪tilling is a time to relax, focus your mind and help your body and brain to calm before the next part of the day. We listen to calming music and lie in our own spaces to listen to the stilling story.鈥

鈥淢y class love action stories massages. We often start with 鈥榚ye glasses鈥 which means drawing circles on my partner鈥檚 back. It is so relaxing.鈥