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Before teaching this pack, it is recommended that teachers read the General guidance for teaching PSHE

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.

Download the Helpful or unhelpful thinking (PDF) as part of the Premier League Summer challenge

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. 

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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.


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. Can you sort the helpful thinking from the unhelpful thinking?


Resilience word bank

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