PSHE KS2 / KS3: Dealing with your parents divorce

Monica (11) learns that her Mum and Dad are getting a divorce.

Angry and upset, she starts to snap at her friends and behave badly in class.

Her friends are concerned about her and attempt to cheer her up.

Nothing they try is helping.

Concerned for their friend Lara (12) and Akira (12) decide to head over to Monica's house to see if they can get her to talk about how she's feeling.

Thankfully Monica is able to voice her concerns to her friends and get everything off her chest.

After speaking with her parents again, Monica is still felling unhappy but is beginning to come to terms with what is happening to her family.

Lara suggests that they all head to the funfair, where they can go on the roller-coaster and Monica can release some of her aggression and anger by screaming as loud as she wants.

It turns out to be a brilliant idea, and just what Monica needed.

This clip is from the series Ask Lara.

Teacher Notes

This could be used to begin a discussion about how changes within your home life or family can affect how you feel and behave.

Pupils could write an account of when changes in their home life have changed how they feel.

Pupils could interact with the quiz during the clip, answering the questions on whiteboards throughout, allowing active participation and discussion.

Pupils could use the clip to hot-seat the characters and explore emotions felt by each person as well as role-playing and freeze-framing emotions and actions for thought-provoking discussions.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is suitable for teaching Modern Studies/PSHE/PDE at KS2 and KS3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 2nd and 3rd Level in Scotland.