At Weston on Trent C of E Primary School, we want all members of the school community to flourish and for every member of our community to be enabled to 'Let Your Light Shine'. Taking care of their mental well-being is an essential part of this.
Stress and anxiety affect how we process information and how we interpret what is said to us. This can lead to both miscommunication and to difficulties concentrating. We are working as a school to introduce mindfulness practice as a key life skill. If children are able to still their minds and be calm this will give them an excellent coping mechanism for the inevitable challenges of life.
The pandemic has highlighted more than ever the need to care for the mental well-being of all members of the school community as well as their physical, academic and spiritual development.
We are delighted to be working with Michael Thorpe and the Being Me team on Mindfulness and allowing the school community to benefit from their expertise.
You can find out more about the team on social media. They would very much appreciate some feedback on the activities.
PSHE and Mindfulness.
At Weston on Trent C of E Primary School, we use the Jigsaw scheme of work to support our delivery of PSHE.
The Jigsaw Approach for Years 1-6.
How would children benefit if they could be aware of their thoughts and feelings as they happen, in the present moment, on purpose with no judgement? This is what mindfulness means. It can be learnt, and techniques to develop it taught. It also needs to be practised. We believe mindfulness is a vital tool for life: not only does it support the regulation of emotion and build emotional resilience but also enhances focus and concentration; both helping to optimise learning. Mindful children can more readily choose their responses to situations rather than react while caught up in the thought-flows and emotions. In Jigsaw PSHE, mindfulness is developed through the ‘Calm Me’ time in each piece (lesson). This consists of breathing techniques, awareness exercises and visualisations - all tried, tested and very enjoyable activities for children and teachers alike. Observing your thoughts and feelings, on purpose, in the present moment with no judgement… What a gift!