Resilience is a key factor in protecting and promoting good
mental health. While we can’t always predict what life throws at
us, the good news is there are a range of different skills,
strategies and resources that can help us to cope.
In this unit, pupils will be introduced to a character called
Skipper. Skipper is the captain of his boat which travels down
the river of life. Like everyone he goes through various ups and
downs on his journey.
On his way, Skipper will introduce the children
to ten things that help us to navigate the river of
life and support the development of resilience.
These things include the importance of positive
relationships and role models, the development of
good social and emotional skills, participating in
activities, having hobbies and interests and a
sense of meaning and belonging.
In this unit, we will be learning that:
• Everyone goes through ups and downs in their life
• We can learn to be more resilient
• Resilient people cope better with difficulties
Talk It Over:
Share with your child an example of when you have gone
through a difficult time. How did you feel? Who or what helped
you to get through it?
Create a poster of someone who has come through a difficult
time. Label your poster with things that have helped them get
through difficult times. Please see the accompanying sheet for
specific instructions for P1 to P7.
Key Book: Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr Seuss