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Resilience, Change

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.

What resources are in this pack?

How long does it take to deliver this pack?

clock 55 minutes


Learning outcomes

Pupils will be able to:

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

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Film: Resilience

Resilience – the ability to meet challenges and learn from them – is one of life's most important skills. This film will introduce pupils this idea and get them thinking about how they might become more resilient.


Baseline activity: Helpful thinking

This warm-up activity helps teachers assess their pupils’ perceptions of 'success' and 'failure', and how far pupils use helpful or unhelpful thinking or language.


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. We can reframe our thoughts, changing unhelpful thinking into helpful thinking. This activity helps pupils to recognise this, and to practise doing it.


Main activity: Match report

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


Resilience word bank

This word bank lists key vocabulary about resilience, and clarifies the meanings of the words and phrases you will meet.