Types of sessions
These are the most frequently used type of session. Our ELSA assistants will plan each session individually for a child, based on their needs. However, the session will involve certain consistent parts:
This is an opportunity for the child to discuss how they are feeling.
The main activity will be planned around a learning objective. The learning objective will be something that the child will be able to do at the end of the session that they could not do at the beginning. This is usually based around an ‘I can’ statement, such as ‘I can tell you about my strengths’ (a self-esteem objective).
For example, with the ‘I can tell you about my strengths’ learning objective:
Mrs Granger might encourage the child to tell her about their talents or personal characteristics such as being kind, caring, helpful or brave. The child will then make something to reinforce those strengths.
The child will be taught a relaxation exercise to help them get ready to go back to class.
In a group session, the first part of the session is ‘circle time’, which is where the children sit in a circle and take turns to speak and discuss their feelings and events.
This is an opportunity for the children to discuss how they are feeling.
This is similar to the individual session, but the child will be encouraged to work with the other children. This helps with cooperation, social skills, friendship and gives a sense of belonging. A learning objective will be set for the group of children which they will all be able to answer by the end of the session.
The children will be taught a relaxation exercise to help them get ready to go back to class.