Filtering Our Thoughts: Negatives into Positives

Filtering Our Thoughts from Negatives into Positives by Exciting Teacher

‘Filtering Our Thoughts: Negatives into Positives’ has been designed to support children and young people with exploring how to turn negative thoughts into more positive thoughts/talk. It teaches young people how to rebalance their thinking and start to consciously think about how to reframe their thinking in certain situations. Sometimes we say things we don’t mean, but we need to learn how to pause, take a step back and think about what we want to say, filtering our thoughts.

How could this resource be used?

  • To support emotional regulation.
  • To support emotional literacy and identify what a negative/positive thought is.
  • To support a child 1:1 or a whole-class activity.
  • To form part of a whole-class display or class activity.

Which statutory England PSHE curriculum* objectives does this resource fall into?

*in line with the PSHE Association 2021 Statutory Guidance.

  • KS1: H13 – how feelings can affect people’s bodies and how they behave.
  • KS1: H18 – different things they can do to manage big feelings, to help calm themselves down and/or change their mood when they don’t feel good.
  • KS2: H20 – how to manage and respond to feelings appropriately and proportionately in different situations.
  • KS2: H29 – about how to manage setbacks/perceived failures, including how to re-frame
    unhelpful thinking.


Scottish Health and Wellbeing Curriculum Outcome: Mental and Emotional Wellbeing – I understand that my feelings and reactions can change depending upon what is happening within and around me. This helps me to understand my own behaviour and the way others behave.

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