More Emotional Literacy... The Present

With all the work I do with John Murray, we really try to promote this idea of Emotional Literacy. Using stories and texts that help children empathise and understand different feelings and emotions. This video is another great example to discuss in class, thanks to Gill for sharing...

Questions to consider -

Watch the first 20 seconds.

  • How old is the boy?
  • What time of day is it?
  • What is his hobby? 
  • What type of video game is he playing? How do you know?
  • Why do you think he is playing a war game?
  • How are we shown he is engaged in the game? Wide eyes, dark room.
Pause at 30 seconds.
  • Which character has now entered?
  • How do we know she is his Mum? Greets with 'Hey Sweetie!'
  • Why doesn't the boy greet his Mum?
Pause at 50 seconds.
  • What impression do we get about Mum? Why do you think she is so busy?
  • What do you think the present is? 
  • Why has the boy stopped playing the game?
Pause at 1 minute.
  • Why has the Mum got the boy a dog?
  • What is the boy's initial reaction? 
  • How do we know?
Pause at 1 minute 25 seconds
  • How has the boy's reaction changed?
  • Why?
  • Do you think this is fair?
  • What words can you think to describe the boy based on his reaction?
  • Would you react in the same way? Why?
Pause at 2 minute 15 seconds
  • Do you like the dog? Why?
  • How does it react to being different? 
  • Does the dog's condition stop him in any way?
  • How does the dog's action change the boy's feelings?
  • How does the dog feel towards the boy? How do you know?
Watch the rest of the film
  • What have we now learnt about the boy? 
  • Why has the creator only revealed this at the end?
  • What effect does it have? Would that have been the same if we knew at the beginning?
  • Consider some of the questions asked earlier about why the boy is playing video games and the boys initial reaction to the dog? Have our answers changed? Can we understand why he dismissed the dog initally?
  • Why do we think the Mum bought the dog now? Has that changed? Has the present done what Mum wanted it to do?
  • Why do you think the dog inspired the boy to leave and play outside?
  • Do we like this video? Why?
You can then share this video of a real life example bond between boy and dog -

Ask the children what is similar between the two videos? How do the videos make them feel and  how does it make them think about themselves and each other?

I think this would make for a brilliant PSHCE session and would love to hear how you use these ideas in class. 


  1. I have just thoroughly enjoyed planning a couple of lessons based around this highly emotive video for my Y5/6s. I can't wait to see what the children produce next week. Thank you.

    1. Would love to see your planning ideas around this awesome video clip, I'm reall engaged to use it with my year 6/7 class.
      Regards Penny


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