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Year 5

September 2022

Our school focus for wellbeing day was one of the schools core values: resilience. In Year 5, we were looking to test the children’s resilience through group based work activities. The children were given the 'Paper Tower Task' to put to test their resilience skills. In groups of 3, they used their abilities to craft towers made from using only paper, to complete the challenge. Some of the key skills needed were to be patient, apply positive thinking and ensure effective communication. The children quickly learnt that the key to resilience was creating a plan of action, being patient and adopting a positive mind-set no matter the amount of setbacks. Children were quick to realise some things aren't always straight forward and plans may need to adapt multiple times before being successful. It was reiterated throughout that it's normal to feel stressed, sad or angry when things aren’t going to plan but it’s the ‘bounce back’ that’s the most important thing! The end goal was for the most resilient group to build the strongest and tallest tower which was able to support the weight of our class book for the term 'The London Mystery'.  Children also read some everyday resilience scenarios that they could find themselves in and were able to provide suggestions and solutions.