A new UK Government took office on 11 May 2010. As a result the content on this site may not reflect current Government policy.
All statutory guidance and legislation published on this site continues to reflect the current legal position unless indicated otherwise.
To view the new website, please visit http://www.education.gov.uk

Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL): Improving behaviour, improving learning

Theme 5: Good to be me

This theme is the first of two focusing specifically on feelings. It explores feelings in the context of the child as an individual, developing self-awareness and helping the child to realise that it really is ‘Good to be me'.

The theme is about understanding our feelings as well as considering our strengths and weaknesses as learners. It aims to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in three key social and emotional aspects of learning: self-awareness, managing feelings and empathy. The theme focuses on:

  • understanding feelings, and why and how they lead us to behave the way we do – excited, proud, surprised, hopeful, disappointed, worried and anxious;
  • self-awareness – feeling good about myself, taking risks;
  • managing my feelings – relaxing, coping with anxiety;
  • standing up for myself – assertiveness, standing up for my views.

Find all the related activities and resources in the Attachments panel on the right hand side of your screen.

Resources downloads: contents
Red excited, happy, proud Feelings detective

Feelings fans

Feelings identikit

Blue worried, proud, relaxed Problem solving Feelings detective

Working together self-review checklists

Feelings, thoughts, behaviour

Emotional barometer

Assembly pictures

Gifts and talents challenge

Proud Wobbly tooth

Mouse profile


Asserts challenge

Sam's thinking brain challenge

Yellow surprised, worried, hopeful, disappointed, scared Feelings detective Assertiveness

Emotional barometer

Feelings, thoughts, behaviour

Working together self-review checklists

Fight or flight

Surprise challenge

Lion, mouse, fox and human

Worries De Rong Song

Hopeful Hopeful and hopeless challenge

Hiding my feelings

Ways of saying what you want to say

Fight or flight Fight or flight cards

Green peer pressure Assertiveness

Feelings fans

Working together self-review checklists

Paul's story

Yes but challenge

Maggie's story

Mouse factfile

Old Wormwart's cure for worrying

Our worries

Standing out from the crowd

Overwhelmed by emotions

First we picked captains

Purple     Fight or flight

Lion, mouse, fox and human

Old Wormwart's cure for worrying

Silver     Feelings fans