Celebrating Yourself: Body Image (7-11)

The Penguin Who Couldn't Swim
The Penguin Who Couldn't Swim


All ages


Medium (5-11 activities)



Using the short film The Penguin Who Couldn't Swim, this resource is suitable for use with pupils aged 711 and helps pupils to safely identify and discuss issues around body image while celebrating the differences that make everyone unique. Using images and film highlights, pupils are encouraged to analyse and explore characters before tracking their differing emotional journeys through the entire film.

This resource is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation with embedded clips and the teachers' notes document includes activity sheets to support learners in class or at home. Where appropriate,
suggestions for adaptation for home learning have been included in the teachers' notes.

Curriculum links
PSHE education Relationships Education
Respectful relationships:
• The importance of respecting others, even when they are very different from you (for example, physically, in character, personality or backgrounds), or make different choices or have different preferences or beliefs
• The importance of self-respect and how this links to your own happiness.

Learning outcomes:
• To be able to identify similarities and differences in characters
• To recognise that differences are what make us unique
• To use visual clues to identify how a character is feeling
• To understand how differences are viewed by others
• To understand the benefits of positive friendships.

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This Resource Supports

  • Relationships and Sex Education
  • PSHE Education
  • Personal

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