The Culture of the Heart is a twelve culture teaching resource that helps to develop children’s emotional and relational language.
It encourages empathy and an understanding of good character. The resource focuses on creating safe relationships within the classroom, so children can thrive in their learning.
Please click through the overview below to see what the resource offers.
Delightfully presented, engaging and easy to use. Every set of lesson plans give you activations to help children engage on a social and emotional level, affirming the value of each child and the value of being part of a community. The lesson plans are not a one-off hit, rather, designed to be part of school routine. They help children engage with healthy beliefs about themselves, others and the communities they are part of.
There are over 100 lesson plans, and activations with over 200 printable PDF downloads - so all you need to do is read and print to use.
The resource has been built around two beautiful picture books. 'Words and Your Heart' and 'Wonderful You'. These deliver strong messages that children love and give the SEL learning a beautiful foundation. The characters and the messages of the books reinforce the underlying themes of the content on multiple levels. Kate's illustrations and designs are used throughout the whole resource, bringing a consistency and delight to each lesson, making the SEL learning cohesive and fun.
These books are available as part of the resource, but have also been published internationally by Macmillan (USA) and Simon & Schuster, Bruno Editorial & Scholastic (RotW).
EQ Training Tools
Teachers are on the front line of community and are often the first to be aware of more serious social issues.
The tools within the resource help children feel safe and give staff straightforward techniques to enable children to communicate complex emotional needs.
Teaching children how to recognise and understanding their feelings - offering healthy ways to react to big emotions, is now a very necessary part of education.
As we enable children to understand their own emotions, we help them become more self aware. Our aim is through this process, to help children become relationally connected and responsible members of their communities.
The activities introduce families to each of the seven different cultures within the first years resource. They carry a simple and practical idea to be used at home.
Each activity is available to download and either print from the pack’s memory key or put on your school’s digital platform.
These cards have been made to help children understand and communicate their emotions.
The front of each card illustrates an emotion, together with some associated words. On the back of each card, there are a few suggestions of how to help communicate and deal with strong emotions.
These cards have been created to use with the ‘Gratitude Spiral’, a communication tool created to help staff safely communicate with children who may be struggling.
MEMORY KEY WITH PDFs
Lesson plans and downloadable resources to use with children. Over 100 downloads.
“As a teacher, I have used many programs, resources and online training to cover the PHSE part of the curriculum and nothing has come close to providing the coverage or quality of this resource.”
I have been using The Culture of the Heart for nearly two years and it has changed both the way I teach and the way in which my class interacts with others. It has created a kind and supportive environment with calm and well-rounded children (and staff). We were lucky enough to be in the pilot scheme where I used it with my own year class. The children were an average mix of abilities and social backgrounds with SEN needs as well.
At the end of just one term my classroom had changed. Children were calmer, more settled and kinder to each other and, according to the children, I also changed for the better being happier and calm almost all of the time. It created a safe place where children were able to be themselves, without judgement, and explore their feeling and thoughts. For some children, it was their only safe space and I would regularly be asked “When is it time for our kind words?” (which was their name for one of the exersises).
As a result of the success in my own class, we then rolled it out across the school for what turned out to be a very short and stressful academic year, for both staff and children. In the current climate of Covid-19 we continued to look after key worker and vulnerable children and this resource has provided us with unrivalled support for scared and lonely children who have found the varied activities and resources as a welcome distraction from what is going on around them. It has also given them a place where we can support their mental and emotional well-being whilst also helping them to become kind and thoughtful members of society.
Mrs Vigurs-Berry, Year 1&2 (teaching 1998 - present)
This is a fantastic resource that encourages inclusivity, kindness and compassion. It could be adapted and rolled out across both the education and healthcare sector, with massive benefits to society.
Professor Ian Fussell BMedSci(Hons) BMBS MRCGP PGCE SFHEA
Associate Dean of Education, College of Medicine and Health, University of Exeter
The Culture of the Heart provides a beautifully designed map that aims to give children a greater sense of self-esteem, an increased level of personal confidence, resilience and the skills to be able to navigate through their lives. I believe that The Culture of the Heart resource provides these vital aspects of education and a great deal more besides.
Therapeutic Counsellor, EQ Assessor & Practitioner
The Culture of the Heart Teaching Resource is a work of belief, passion and faith. The team has joined around a shared vision to help children thrive in their education by creating relationally safe learning communities.
With the rise of mental health issues in children, now more than ever, we need to invest in teaching children how to understand thier emotions and how to build healthy, boundried and honest relationships.
We have created a resource that helps to empower staff and children, by using proven nuroscience, coaching and councelling techiniques, helping you develop healthy relational classrooms communities.
The resource has been developed and refined over a period of five years and has been successfully trialled in a wide range of primary school communities. The first seven cultures are now available internationally, and in – response to positive feedback, five additional cultures are being developed for 2021.
To help create emotionally and relationally safe classroom commnuties where children can thrive in thier learnng.
Our desire is to help children become emotionally intelligent, helping them understand their own value and worth, while seeing themselves as a part of a larger whole and the value of community.
Our vision is to serve you really well, give you a comprehensive and easy-to-use resource that is fun, beautiful, engaging, creative, empowering and of course educational.
Meet the team
Kate Jane Neal
BA (Hons) PG Dip.
Published Author & Illustrator