Dear SENCos, teachers, support staff and homeschooling parents
The learning activities in Rising Tide have been designed for students in years 5 to 8. Children in this age group are moving towards independence and are continuing to develop skills in making decisions as they become more independent. They are beginning to look to peers and media for information and advice. They are also developing an increased capability for social conscience and for abstract thought, including understanding complex issues such as poverty, war and natural disasters.
The suggested activities are designed to be worked through from beginning to end, or for you to adapt, add or omit activities to fit the needs, abilities and year level of your class. The activities help to develop a supportive classroom culture and can be used in the last 20–30 minutes of each day, or in larger blocks. It may be that you have a group of students who need extra support prior to attempting these activities. For this group we recommend using or adapting the activities in Wishes and Worries (Sarina Dickson, 2014).
We have used the concept of Home and School Scaffolding at the heart of this resource. Home and School Scaffolding utilises the trusted attachment relationships children have within their homes and schools to support them to develop their emotional intelligence. The activities for classrooms and homes have been informed by evidence-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Narrative Therapy, and by the objectives of the New Zealand Curriculum. For more information about the evidence-based research behind the resource please see our website.
On our website you can find further support for your work with your students:
Suggested newsletter text to inform parents about the resource
A video of Heathcote Valley School sharing their use of the resource in a collaborative teaching environment
A video of a clinical psychologist and Child psychiatrist discussing some of the deeper themes of the resource
Suggestions from psychologist and resource co-creator Julie Burgess-Manning about best use
Blackline master for 'Thoughts become Behaviour' activity
Recommendations from Massey University based on their research of The Worry Bug project
Downloadable lesson plans for Rising Tide
Rising Tide to read online with full audio in english and Te reo
An invitation for your school to join in Massey University's research
We welcome your feedback
Sarina Dickson and Julie Burgess-Manning