PSHE KS2 / KS3: Mood swings

Tony has woken up in a bad mood, and is snapping at all of his friends. As the day progresses he gets increasingly wound up and irritable. Monica is very proud of her cupcakes, but they taste disgusting.

Everyone pretends they are delicious, except Tony who is brutally honest and makes Monica very upset.

The friends turn on Tony, who realises that he has gone too far. His friends apologise for annoying him throughout the day, and Tony apologises for his bad temper.

He doesn't understand what is going on; his hormones are just all over the place.

They quickly forgive his moody behaviour; everyone has their off days, and it's all just part of growing up.

Questions throughout the clip ask pupils how they would react to a friend in a bad mood, what they would do if they had cross words with a friend, and how they deal with a bad day.

This clip is from the series Ask Lara.

Teacher Notes

This clip is a useful introduction to hormones and how they can affect our moods, especially in the early teenage years as they fluctuate wildly.

It can be used to explore techniques to manage irritability, aggression and low moods.

Monica's storyline is useful to generate discussion about honesty in friendships, and why difficult discussions are sometimes necessary.

Within this clip it poses questions to the listener, in order to get children to interact.

Pose questions to promote discussion and develop understanding about the pressures of exams.

Pupils could be asked "Have you ever felt like Tony? What do you think is wrong with him? What do you do when you're in a mood, especially if it is all because of exams? What do you think you shouldn't do to a friend that is in a mood? What could you do to be a good friend and support someone who might be in a mood?"

Refer to how nice to everyone was to Monica and how insensitive Tony was.

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.