Lesson 5: Resilience: breaking down barriers

  • Learning that problems can be overcome by having a plan to break the issue down into smaller goals.
  • There is a similar version of this lesson in our free wellbeing module

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To break down barriers into smaller, achievable goals

Statutory guidance

  • Pupils should know that mental wellbeing is a normal part of daily life, in the same way as physical health.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May need to plan their ideas on a larger piece of paper first, then circle the key ideas/goals.

Pupils working at greater depth: Can include ‘Watch out for’ notes to their barrier blocks to show what else could happen to get in the way of them achieving their goals, as well as be able to explain what they would do in response.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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