PUPILS at a Romsey primary school were treated to a day focused on improving their resilience last week.

Children at Romsey Abbey C of E primary School, Church Lane, participated in various activities to help them become "empowered" as part of the school's Habits of Mind programme.

Some of the challenges included building the tallest tower, a sheep and cow logic game and an obstacle time trial course on the school’s running track.

Headteacher of Romsey Abbey C of E Primary School, Julie-Anne Palfrey, said: "Three years ago we introduced a programme of Seven Habits of Mind to help all children discover how to be successful and thoughtful learners.

"We focus on one Habit of Mind each half term to help the children understand what will help them learn, grow and achieve their best.

"At the start of each half term we dedicate a special day to the focus of each habit where children across the school will get to enjoy a range of activities designed to inspire them about the habit we will be looking at more closely for those six weeks.

"This half term the habit is Resilience and we had a whole day with special lessons focused on learning to be resilient and this will then be developed in lessons until the February half term."

Year Two teacher, Mark Harris, who organised the day, said: "The day was about encouraging and empowering children to become more resilient and helping them to see how to develop it as a natural habit.

"Our resilience day had several different types of activities including building the tallest tower, problem solving team challenges, origami, a sheep and cow logic game and an obstacle time trial course on the school’s running track.

"We also included a session in the school’s woodland developing skills helped by teaching assistant, Miss Angelina New, our Forest Schools specialist.”

Mulberry Tree Class teacher, Kathryn Holyland, said: “Year 4 pupils have had a wonderful afternoon working on their resilience and team building skills at forest school.

"We built dens, lit fires, stacked cups, played the gutter challenge and made butter."

The day took place on Wednesday, January 22.