Developing pupils’ confidence, resilience and knowledge so that they can keep themselves mentally healthy.
Developing pupils’ character, which we define as a set of positive personal traits, dispositions and virtues that informs their motivation and guides their conduct so that they reflect wisely.
Equipment and Resources
Lesson PPT, pens, paper, colour and art supplies.
Building blocks and equipment for skills.
Introduce the session with the lesson objectives.
Explain to the class that resilience means never giving up when we face challenges or being positive when we may feel sad.
Tall tower circle time: Place large number of bricks in the middle of the circle. Ask children to take it in turns to place a block on the tower to make it higher. Stop after each block and ask the children to say something encouraging to the next person before they place a block on the tower, e.g., “you can do it” or “nearly there”.
Discuss what resilience is and why it is important.
Watch the video on resilience on slide 3. Once you’ve watched it once tell the class you are going to watch it again, but pause it to ask questions about what is happening. E.g.,
The ball is struggling to get up the hill – why does it want to give up?
The ball changes shape so it can go uphill – why does it do this?
Friends help when the triangle won’t float – what would happen if the triangle didn’t have its friends to help?
New skills: Introduce a new skill for the children to learn individually, e.g., skipping, hop scotch, juggling, etc. In a pair, where they must sit back-to-back on the floor with their arms linked and then stand up together (without unlinking). And in a group of 4 where they must get a hoop around the circle without unlinking hands or arms. Giving pupils plenty of space and opportunities for creative, self-directed, exploratory play is incredibly important for developing resilience.
Fear factors: Talk through the resilient rules using slide 4. Divide children into small groups and print off slide 5 for them. Ask children to generate a list of fears, worries, or scary situations, such as getting lost, thunderstorms or spiders etc. Reassure children that there are ways we can learn to cope with our fears and worries.
Discuss the different words we use to describe our feelings when we think about or have these experiences: worried, scared, upset, afraid, nervous, anxious. Remind them of the “Rules to Stay Safe and Resilient”.
Courage card: As a class discuss things that can help children feel brave when they find something difficult. Ask children to use art supplies to draw and decorate a card that they can use to help them feel brave.
Recap on the lesson with the class about what they have learnt and talk through the importance of resilience.