This unique tool, employed in the Prince’s classroom, has proven to be a valuable asset in helping young children, aged 5 or 6, articulate and navigate their emotions.
What is a feelings wheel?
The feelings wheel serves as a visual aid, offering children a spectrum of emotions represented by colours and images. This allows them to identify and communicate their feelings more effectively.
Princess Kate shared the positive influence of such initiatives on the overall school environment, fostering open conversations and emotional well-being.
The impact of the feelings wheel, highlights its simplicity and effectiveness in promoting emotional expression among the young learners.
She explained, “Louis’ class, they came back with a feelings wheel — it’s really good. These are 5 or 6-year-olds, and [they’re] going with names or pictures of a colour that represents how they feel that day, so there is a real keenness in school particularly to get involved in conversations.”
Before her keynote speech at The Design Museum in London during the Shaping Us National Symposium, Princess Kate spoke with Fearne Cotton, a renowned British radio and TV star, about the importance of the project. She noted, “It’s actually helping continuity across the board and then how does that feed into you, with your mental health — it’s [the] same conversation, so to be able to find a bit of framework to talk about this, is very important.”