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Whitewater CE Primary School

Whitewater CE Primary School


Emotional Literacy Support



An introduction…

Emotional Literacy Support is offered to children who are experiencing a form of emotional difficulty.  The Emotional Literacy Support programme helps children with their emotional literacy and can be used as one avenue of support for emotional development, improving relationships and understanding challenging situations.  At Whitewater C of E Primary School our Emotional Literacy Support program is run by Mrs Miles who is a fully trained Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA). 

Mrs Miles has been trained to help children with a range of emotional difficulties.  She receives regular supervision from The Hampshire Educational Psychology Service, who oversee the ELSA program.

Our ELSA Program

Typically, at Whitewater C of E Primary School, Mrs Miles sees children for a 1 to 1 session once a week to explore their emotional needs and develop strategies to support them.

The ELSA program runs for six weeks at a time, after which children are given a six week ‘embedding’ period where they do not receive 1 to 1 sessions but are supported in class by their class teacher to practise the skills they have be learning with Mrs Miles.  After this embedding time, their progress is reviewed and it is decided if children would benefit from another six week block of 1 to 1 sessions.

Parental Involvement

At the beginning of the ELSA program, parents are invited to share any relevant information with Mrs Miles that could support the understanding of their child’s situation.  Parents are also invited at the end of the six week block to explore the work their children have been doing with Mrs Miles.

What to do if I feel my child would benefit from ELSA support.

Any parent who feels their child would benefit from support should speak with the class teacher first.  The class teacher will then discuss a potential referral with Mrs Miles to make sure that ELSA is the best support mechanism for the child at that time.  If deemed appropriate, the class teacher will complete a referral form.   



At Home Resources

Below are a range of resources that parents can use to support their children at home.


Home Learning ELSA Resources

During these unprecedented times it is not surprising that anxieties within our family may be running high.  Mrs Miles has been working very hard to collect a range of resources that you can use at home to support your family through these new thoughts and feelings, whatever their stimulus.

Below are a list of websites and activities that you may like to use at home together. Please take the time to look through these wonderful resources and utilise wherever you can.

We are all thinking about our families at Whitewater and miss the children greatly!

Tuesday 12th May - ELSA Resources Update

We continue to hold all of our children and their families in our thoughts and hope that you continue to enjoy your time together at home.  Please find some more ELSA resources that you may wish to use at home.

An independent activity to help children focus on positive moments.

A selection of activities that families can complete at home together

A resource to help children track their moods and aid communication of feelings during this time.

A Well Bring Rainbow to help children remember to look after themselves. 



Wednesday 29th April - ELSA Resources Update

We hope you are all well and keeping safe.  Please find the latest resources that you can use to support your family at home during this time.  Please remember if you need any support or have any questions please get in contact with your child's class teacher via the school office.

A space for children to draw their happy place to help them visualise a place where they feel happy.

An activity booklet which help children think about their home and what makes it special and safe.

A story to help children understand their emotions around the effect of knowing someone with the Coronavirus.

An activity booklet to help children think about friendships.

A worry monster is a great friend to be able to share worries with that can then be explored with an adult.  This activity allows children to design their own worry monster.

A lovely calendar of activities to help support your family


Monday 20th April - Emotional Support for Children (and their Grown-ups!)

A story to help explain the Coronavirus to children.

14 days of activities that can be done at home while self-isolating.

A story to explain how schools may be closing for a while and why.


Social Contact story:


We are at Home story:


Positive Paper Chains activity:


Starfish Story:



Health and Wellbeing During Coronavirus:


April Wellbeing Calendar:

A lovely mindfulness colouring activity to make a sleepy mobile for the child to hang in their rooms. There is a plain version, mindfulness colouring version and a coloured version.  Maybe you would like to colour to some relaxing music.

An emotions wheel art therapy activity. Children can explore what each emotion means to them and also be creative as they do it. Great for discussion.

Roll a positive question. Great activity for focusing on the positive. Take it in turns to roll the dice and answer the positive question.

The Worry Tree is a method described by Butler and Hope 2007 to enable someone to either act on or let go of a worry. This version has been adapted to make it more child friendly.

Children have worries and of course they should always talk to you if they are feeling a bit worried about something. It is also good to encourage children to try and cope with their worries too. Sometimes distraction can be amazingly powerful.
These are little tear off/cut off strips with suggestions on what to do. If they are finding their minds are worrying a lot then encourage them to try one of the activities.
In time they may just do that themselves and start feeling a whole lot better.

Mindfulness colouring that the children might like to display in their window when they finish it.  Again, music is a wonderful addition to this kind of colouring activity.