Lesson 4: Resilience: Breaking down barriers

Following the example of a well-known book character, pupils look at how they can break problems down into small, achievable goals.

Learning objective

  • To break down barriers into smaller, achievable goals

National curriculum

All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice.

The PSHE Association Programme of Study recommends that pupils are taught:

  • H28. to identify personal strengths, skills, achievements and interests and how these contribute to a sense of self-worth

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

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: Should be able to add ‘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


Created by:
Elaine Bousfield,  
Wellbeing specialist
Elaine worked for many years as a therapist with young people. She is the founder and chair of XenZone and its children and young people’s counselling service, kooth.com. Kooth delivers an online counselling and therapy service. It is also an online community…
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