Since 2013, Mindful Beginnings and Shipston Primary School have been introducing the Year 6 children to Mindfulness, in an effort to support them through their SATs and aid their transition to Secondary school.
Mindfulness has its roots in ancient meditation practices but now is used throughout the world to help children and adults deal with the ups and downs of our lives. Mindfulness can be described as learning to direct our attention to our lives as it unfolds. Rather than worrying what has happened or what may happen, it trains us to respond skilfully to whatever is happening right now, be that good or bad.
The children in Year 6 have 8 sessions of Mindfulness, with each session being interactive and aiming to teach children a distinct Mindfulness skill. Topics are taught such as training our attention; dealing with worry; teaching us to respond rather than simply react; managing our thoughts; dealing with difficult emotions; gratitude; kindness and resilience .These skills are further encouraged by the teachers during school and homework is given so skills can be practised at home. The hope is that we are encouraging the children to use these skills, not just for exams periods, but for the rest of their lives.
Mindfulness can be taught in schools, youth clubs and homes, with small groups or individuals. If you would like more information about Mindful Beginnings please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.