Paws b Certified Courses
Mindfulness in schools have adapted the 8 week course for Key stage 2 children.
This is a 6 week course that goes through the principles of mindfulness and teaches the children simple mindfulness techniques.
What will they learn?
- They learn about parts of the brain known through neuroscience evidence to be impacted by mindfulness practice
- Ways to steady themselves when their mind/body is busy or out of balance
- Ways to respond rather than react – and therefore take best care of themselves
- Ways to relate to their thinking processes and how these impact their emotions and body state
- Ways that mindfulness can support them in all the activities and relationships of their lives
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A brand new mindfulness based well-being curriculum for preschool and primary
The Present provides a spiral well-being curriculum to enable schools to introduce mindful activities in an incremental way throughout the primary school. It has been developed by Tabitha Sawyer from Ysgol Pen-y-Bryn in Conwy, Sarah Silverton an experienced freelance mindfulness teacher and trainer and Dr Dusana Dorjee, a neuroscience researcher from Bangor University.
It has been designed and trialled by teachers in North Wales for schools, and can be integrated into activities that typically take place in any primary classroom throughout the school day. These activities might include eating, movement, writing, listening to stories, sensing or relating to others, amongst many other possibilities.
The aim is to introduce mindfulness through HOW you engage in the activities rather than change WHAT you deliver. The Present curriculum has also taken into account the latest evidence from neuroscience on the development of the brain from 3-11 and the impact of mindfulness on attention and emotion regulation.
The Present Curriculum
The Present covers 7 themes which run throughout the 3-11 age span. These are
- Here and now
- Habits of body
- Habits of mind
- Noticing change
The Present also introduces the children to different awareness practices and information about their brain to compliment the daily classroom activities across the curriculum. These develop into a spiral curriculum throughout the primary phase.
The Present can stand alone as a curriculum, but could be integrated with the KS2 Paws b curriculum (MiSP).
The Present takes particular account of the developing and changing needs of children throughout the primary phase. For example. by Y6 it explores issues such as social media, puberty and body awareness, transition and relationships.
How to introduce The Present
The basic pre-requisite for teachers who want to train to deliver The Present curriculum is that they should have completed an 8 week adult mindfulness programme and have an established personal daily practice. This might include .b Foundations, MBSR, MBCT, Frantic World.
They will be trained in all aspects of The Present curriculum and be provided with materials to enable them to introduce the programme in their class. Participating teachers will be supported beyond the 3 day training to continue to build skills and embed the curriculum in the life of the school.
- suitable for
- Key stage 1
- Key stage 2