On Sunday it was World Mental Health day and inspired by this we discussed mental health this week in assembly; specifically when emotions get out of control. We explored the idea that negative emotions can build and grow until they get out of control and we do things we didn’t mean to as our emotional brain takes over our thinking one. It’s like a monster within us being set free so we used the imagery of ‘our monster’. We used the thermometer to discuss this idea and I encouraged the children to even use this language with each other. For example: ‘I want to be on my own as I feel at a three and I don’t want to lose control’. Ask them what they can remember and to tell you!