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Before teaching this pack, it is recommended that teachers read the General guidance for teaching PSHE. The full lesson plan is a PSHE Association Quality Assured resource.

This pack is all about changing attitudes from "I can't" to "I can". The activities will help pupils understand how to bounce back from perceived failure and setbacks and to recognise the power of positive thinking.

There are more resources on the topic of Resilience for parents and children to access at home, see the Home/School - Resilience pack.

Learning outcomes

Pupils will be able to:

  • identify what resilience is, and what it looks like
  • explain or demonstrate helpful ways to manage emotional responses to difficulties, challenges or setbacks
  • reframe unhelpful feelings about the outcome of a diffculty or challenge
  • identify and demonstrate ways to bounce back from a setback. 

Full Lesson Plan

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Film: Resilience

What can Leicester City football club teach us about resilience? Children can complete the 'What is resilience?' activity as they watch.


Starter activity: What is resilience?

Here, pupils get to grips with what resilience is, and how they can recognise it. They see a real-life example of resilience, watching a film about Leicester City’s rise from near relegation to winning the Premier League the following year.


Main activity: Reframing thinking

A key way of developing resilience and dealing with difficult situations lies in how we think about them. Can you sort the helpful thinking from the unhelpful thinking?


Plenary: Match report

In this short, but great fun, activity, pupils put together their own personal resilience match report.