Recipes for resilience

Explore the 'ingredients' of resilience and build the skills to bounce back with these resources for 5–14s.

The Recipes for Resilience resources aim to build understanding of the everday ups and downs students' might experience in school and some simple teachniques they can use to build their resilience. Using role plays, discussions and a practical (vegetable tart-making!) video with Olympic gymnast Nile Wilson, these resources aim to help students learn, explore and personalise key techniques to bounce back with their own recipe for resilience. 

Key questions 

  • What can cause some ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ during a school day?
  • What does it mean to be resilient?
  • What technique/skills can we use to help us be resilient?
  • How can we help others be resilient? (esp. 11–14 resources)

Key learnings 

  • Naming some ups and downs in a school day.
  • Defining what it means to be resilient.
  • Understanding key ‘ingredients’ for being resilient.
  • Creating a personalised ‘recipe for resilience’ to help ourselves, and others (11–14 resources), bounce back when things don’t go well.

Film discussion points

Watch our Recipes for Resilience film (recommended for ages 7–14). 

  • What emotions does Nile experience?

  • What does Nile think, that helps him to learn, keep positive and bounce back?

  • What things does he do?

  • Why does Nile think being resilient is important?

Activity ideas

Download the presentations below to explore our Recipe for Resilience lesson plans and activities. Each presentation includes everything you need for the lesson, featuring teacher's notes, support and challenge suggestions, student slides and printable activity sheets. The presentations are labelled with suggested age groups, but can be adapted and edited to suit your students. 

 

Student Resources

My Recipe for Resilience (5–7s)

Explore everyday ups and downs and ask pupils to create their recipe for a good day!

Resource type: Presentation

Learning focus: Resilience, recognising and managing feelings, mental wellbeing

Recommended age group: 5–7

My Recipe for Resilience (7–11s)

Explore everyday ups and downs, Nile's tips for bouncing back and seven tools we can all use to build resilience.

Resource type: Presentation

Learning focus: Resilience, recognising and managing feelings, mental wellbeing

Recommended age group: 7–11

Resilient Together (11–14s)

Explore managing change, Nile's resilience tools and how students can coach/support others to bounce back.

Resource type: Presentation

Learning focus: Resilience, recognising and managing feelings, mental wellbeing

Recommended age group: 11–14

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