Building Resilience

A Whole School Community Approach

Unit 10: Have a Goal


Feeling good about the future is important for our wellbeing. We need goals to motivate us and these need to be meaningful and aligned with our values, challenging enough to excite us, but also achievable.

In this unit, we will be learning that:
• Setting a realistic goal helps to motivate us
• Learning to overcome setbacks helps us cope with future ones
• It is important to celebrate our successes

Unit 9: Be Kind to Others


The main focus of this unit is on the importance of being kind to ourselves and others. It is always lovely to be on the receiving end of a thank you or a kind act but research has found that kindness benefits the giver as well as the receiver. It can improve the immune system, extend our life span and make us happier. When we are kind, it strengthens our connections with others. Sadly, when we are not treated kindly or are isolated from others this can have a detrimental impact on our wellbeing. 

Key Messages:

1. Kindness makes a difference to ourselves and others.

2. Being unkind hurts others and it hurts us too

3. It is important to be kind to yourself

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The main focus of this unit is on how the importance for our wellbeing on how we perceive, interpret and respond to the events that happen to us.

Research has found that it is not necessarily the events or situations we experience throughout life that negatively impact on our mental wellbeing but crucially how we interpret, perceive or think about these events.

For example, how one person reacts to starting a new job, having or an accident may vary greatly from the next person as it depends on whether they perceive the life event as a positive or a stressful one.

Encouraging children to understand how their thinking impacts on their feelings and behaviour, how to look at things from different perspectives and develop good reasoning and questioning skills are all helpful for challenging negative or limiting patterns of thinking.

Another way to change unhelpful patterns of thinking is by consciously focusing on things that you perceive are going well in your life (i.e., what you are thankful for). Research has found that daily reflections on gratitude can significantly improve people’s mood, wellbeing and even alleviate depression.

Key messages

1. The way you think can affect the way you feel.

2. There are different ways of looking at the same thing.                                                              3. Focusing on what you are grateful for can help.

Look on The Bright Side – Parent Carer Guide (FINAL)




Unit 7: Make a Difference


The main focus of this unit is on the importance of contributing in big and small ways to make a difference to individuals, our community and our world. Research has found that engaging in activities which are meaningful and altruistic leads to greater enjoyment of things you do, feelings of happiness, a sense of hope for the future and Increased physical and mental wellbeing.

Key Messages

1. Things humans do have an impact on the world

2. Children can contribute to solving problems in the world

3. Smalls things can make a meaningful difference

Top Tips for Children and Young People
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Mental Health and Wellbeing Top Tips for Parents and Carers

Unit 6 :Get Active

The main focus of this unit is on building understanding of how keeping physically active can also help to contribute to our mental health. Exercise releases endorphins and
dopamine – brain chemicals that affect our mood and make us feel happier. It brings
down high levels of stress chemicals such as adrenaline and cortisol.
Some scientific studies have shown that regular exercise can be as effective as anti‐depressant medication in treating mild to moderate depression, but also that it could help protect people against experiencing depression in the first place.
One study showed that the effects of exercise and activity on mental health were enhanced if taking place outside in green space.
Activities that can contribute to your mental health go beyond just physical
exercise and can encompass a wide range of hobbies, interests and passions. Research
has found that doing things you enjoy, are passionate about or are good at gives you a
sense of achievement, meaning and fulfilment which also contribute to your well being.

Key messages 

1.Being active is not only good for the body but also for the mind
2. I have a range of hobbies and interests that I enjoy doing

3. Doing anything new involves taking a risk

Unit 5: Talk Things Over

This unit explores how at times we all feel worried and the importance of dealing with worries. Through a variety of approaches and activities the children are encouraged to share and talk about what they might be worried about.

ThTalk things overe key messages shared are:

1. At times we all feel worried

2. Sometimes if worries are not dealt with they can get out of control

3. If you are struggling, it is important to ask for help

Please see below for the wonderful worry monsters, check in emotion charts and emotion fans the children made and shared at our sharing assemblies. Some children  wrote down their worries on paper, stamped on their worries, scrunched them up and crushed them in the bin.


UCapturenit 4: Take a Moment

The main focus of this unit is on helping children to develop the emotional literacy skills they require to navigate their everyday life.

The key messages shared are:

1.We all experience a range of emotions every day

2. Sometimes we feel stressed

3. I have ways to help me cope

Each class shared their ‘Take a Moment’ activities at our  Sharing Assemblies. Some fantastic ideas were shared, such as; taking a break statements with Kitkat covers, emotion dice and Take a Moment books.

How do you ‘Take a Moment’?

The Parent and Carer leaflet provides an overview of the unit.

Take a Moment                        Home Activity


Unit 3: Challenge Your Mindset

The main focus of this unit is about considering how and why we can hold beliefs about our abilities and intellect which in turn can  positively or negatively influence how we learn and behave.

The key messages shared are:

challengeyourmindset20161. Who we are and what we are good at is not fixed

2. The way we think, feel or learn shapes our brain

3. I can change through the choices I make

The children will learning and talking about…I can’t do this YET! They will explore and  discuss the ‘resilience tools’ in their toolkit they can use to support challenges they encounter.

The Parent and carer leaflet below provides an overview of the unit.

Challenge Your Mindset Parent & Carer Leaflet

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UNIT 3: Challenge Your Mindset Home Activity

We are learning that challenges, mistakes, and problems are part of everyday
learning activities and social interactions. We will share our class and home learning at our Challenge Your Mindset sharing assemblies.

Unit 2: Respect Yourself

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The main focus of this unit is on the importance of recognising and valuing ourselves
as individuals.
Nobody’s perfect but learning to accept ourselves warts and  all, identifying our strengths and looking after ourselves and our bodies increases our enjoyment of life and wellbeing.

The key messages shared are:

1. There’s no one quite like me
Here the children are encouraged  to reflect on the uniqueness of being. We may
be different to other people in some ways and similar in other ways.
2. Everyone has different strengths
The focus is to encourage children to understand the language and discover their
strengths and identify how they can use them more.
3. I treat myself with respect
This key message focuses on  learning that self care is important for mental wellbeing. It also is an opportunity to explore the importance of looking after their physical bodies too.
The Parent and Carer leaflet provides more information.

Please encourage your child to complete the home activity and return it to school. They will have an opportunity to share their activities in class. Some children will be chosen to represent their class at our Sharing Assemblies.

Unit 2: Respect Yourself Family Task


Unit 0: Be Resilient


In this unit, pupils will be introduced to our character called Skipper.

Skipper, is the captain of his boat and like everyone on the river, goes through various ups and downs on his journey. On his way, he will introduce the children to ten different tools and resources that help us to navigate the river of life and support the development of resilience.



Key messages

1. Everyone goes through ups and downs in their life.

2. We can learn to be more resilient.

3. Resilient people cope better with difficulties.



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