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Bovington Primary School

Curiosity Growth Resilience.

We look forward to welcoming the children back on Monday 9th September 2019

Developing resilience in children.

What is resilience?

What is resilience? 1

As a school we take the social, emotional and mental health of our pupils very seriously as many of our children have experienced moving and changing schools, the challenges of change and in some case the hardships of upsetting life events.

We make it our mission, not just to ensure children are physically active and healthy but that they are have good mental health. We seek to nurture their curiosity to learn, foster a growth mindset and build their resilience. Parts of our curriculum such as Learning Outside and Forest Schools help develop this for all children, but some children need a little more.

This is why we are so proactive with our pastoral and ELSA TA support.


What is resilience?

The video links below explain what resilience is and are appropriate for different audiences.


What to do if you have concerns:

If you have any concerns about your child's social, emotional or mental health please come and discuss it with either your child's class teacher, Mrs Stone or myself.

Resilience: A home learning project.

I know how fantastic the home learning our children do because I often see it going past me on the school gate in the morning and around the classes. I have a project that I would like children to work on at home and bring in.


The theme is some artwork, drawing, writing or a model on the theme of ‘Resilience’. What is Resilience? As a school we teach our children to become more resilient so that they can thrive, cope and overcome the challenges that they will face both as children and the adults they will grow into. 


The task.

Working with your child talk about times in your life that you have found tough or challenges that you have faced and overcome. Ask them to think about what challenges they have faced and what they did to cope and overcome it and to bounce back to be happy and positive, even after a very tough time. Ask them to think what advice they would give another person that was facing a similar situation. Then, either:

  • Draw or paint a picture to show this experience and incorporate the advice to make a poster. Or,
  • Make a brochure or a pamphlet about resilience by writing about a time when you have overcome a challenge or a fear or when times were been very tough for you. How did you cope? How did you bounce back? What did you learn? Give advice to others at the end. Or,
  • Or, make a model, perhaps out of clay or plasticine or even Lego to illustrate the challenge. What advice would you give to someone else that was facing something similar?


The best entries will be displayed in the school hall and around the school.

Resilience but what is it? Here's 5 ways to build resilience

We all face challenges and we all find ways to overcome them. Resilience is ordinary not extraordinary. We all have it to larger or smaller degrees. We want to help build awareness of this and support young peoples capacity to do positive and realistic things to support themselves.

Resilience in Kids Created by First to Draw

A video created to help teach resilience skills to adults so they can pass onto children and young people.

Solving Problems - Building Resilience with Hunter and Eve

Building Resilience with Hunter and Eve - "Solving Problems" In this episode, Hunter learns three steps to solve problems. Watch the video learn how you can be a problem solver too!