Welcome to Zippy’s Friends
Zippy’s Friends teaches children social and emotional skills. |It’s designed for children age 5-7, and has been run successfully with over a million children around the world, in a variety of countries and cultures. Through its 24 sessions, in which they listen to stories and join in activities, children learn how to find their own solutions to problems. In this way they become better equipped to cope with difficulties in life, and to get on better with others.
Zippy’s Friends is evidence-based. Large, independent evaluation studies have consistently found positive benefits for children taking part. These include:
- Increase in positive coping strategies
- Improved social skills
- Improved class climate
- Reduction in bullying
- Improved academic performance
Welcome to Apple’s Friends
This programme is for children aged from six to nine. It promotes their emotional wellbeing and helps them develop skills to cope with difficult feelings and situations. It is suitable for children of all backgrounds and all abilities. The sessions are not competitive, and children are encouraged to work together, sharing ideas and helping each other.
In Apple’s Friends we focused on moving forward and discussed any worries or concerns relating to moving Teams in September. We completed a transition activity which involved writing worries in a cloud bubble and filling a rainbow with what we are looking forward to.
We placed our worries into a worry jar, talked about how we can deal with them and how by writing them down gives us an outlet to forget our worries, or what strategies we can use to help us feel better. We thought about our coping toolbox that we made a few weeks ago.
Superb discussion Team Cowell! 🌟👏🌈
L.O To discuss transition and any concerns or worries we may have about different changes that happen in our lives.
L.O To help children to learn to cope with disappointment.
In Team Cowell we have discussed the feeling of disappointment in Apple’s Friends. In small groups we talked about how sometimes things don’t go well and not everything happens the way we would like. We understood why, but sometimes it might make us feel very bad and it can be hard to cope with.
Some children explained a time when they have felt disappointed and what strategies they use to make themselves feel better. Strategies included listening to music, having five minutes quiet time or drawing a picture to help us feel calm. In pairs we shared our drawings to the class.
Well done Team Cowell!