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Recommendations for guided mindfulness

Discussion in 'Primary' started by Teapot345, Apr 12, 2019.

  1. Teapot345

    Teapot345 New commenter

    After the holidays I'm hoping to start some guided mindfulness / relaxation with my KS1 class, timetabled for after lunch time for 10-15mins a day.

    Can anyone recommend anything/resources they have used successfully (e.g. videos on youtube/vimeo etc) that might fit the bill?

  2. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    We use Peace Out and Cosmic Yoga on youtube with EYFS.
    Can't say the children necessarily gain from it, though they do enjoy it. But they do have a positive attitude to the sessions, which is a great first step.
    KS1 are a little older and might be able to listen more easily and so get more from the sessions.
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  3. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Why? Children need to play and socialise with one another, with minimal adult supervision.
  4. Waiguoren

    Waiguoren Occasional commenter

    Good point, but it does sound like an interesting experiment.
  5. Waiguoren

    Waiguoren Occasional commenter

  6. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Parents do not send their children to school to be subjected to experimentation.
  7. Josh7

    Josh7 Occasional commenter

    Though that is what happens. I think we're onto the fifth national curriculum with its associated measure. The Rose NC which had been prepared for but wasn't implemented was very different than the present one. It's all experimentation.
  8. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    I don't think the OP was suggesting swapping playtime for mindfulness.

    Many teachers have had a quiet time with KS1 straight after lunch for many, many years, long before 'mindfulness' became trendy. It helps with settling and concentration in the afternoon. the OP wants to use a modern way of doing it and good on them.
    I probably did modern and trendy things in my first couple of years teaching as well...if I could remember that long ago, I'd tell you what they were!
  9. Teapot345

    Teapot345 New commenter

    I guess I am experimenting although I prefer to call it reflecting - that's what teachers do and are expected to do, isn't it?

    I'm not replacing play time. I'm not restricting social interaction. I'm not leading play. I'm giving my class what they need, based on my own judgement alongside that of the circus of external agencies and other professionals that parade through my class on near a daily basis.

    I have a class with significant needs (including sufferers of sensory needs, anxiety, behavioural needs, grief and trauma) with a majority that require 'grounding' and don't transition well between sessions let alone indoor and outdoor.

    I am simply asking for resources or websites that other professionals may have experienced, whichever trendy/modern or old fashioned label you wish to call it by.

    From one professional to another, thank you for your helpful responses.
  10. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    well, be careful, mindfullness is out, but having said that, it sounds like what you are looking for isn't mindfullness anyway, you are just using an unfortunate term.

    For what is worth, we have had some success with just a video of a candle flame playing on the smart board for a few minutes, to watch quietly after lunch You could probably make the video yourself.
  11. helloteaching2019

    helloteaching2019 New commenter

    This sounds like a fantastic idea!!

    I’ve seen a class have a ‘hygge’ session after lunch time too, that worked really well. Sorry I don’t have any reaources to share but I wanted to wish you the best of luck and let us know how you get on :)
  12. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    We've used Cosmic Yoga and Zen Den (both on youtube). Have also used some of the 'relaxation' exercises on GoNoodle.
  13. Teachersgem

    Teachersgem New commenter

    I'm a qualified mindfulness teacher and have successfully taught mindfulness in schools. I had been thinking of producing recordings specifically for teachers to use with their class. Would anyone be interested in this and if so what would be most beneficial to you? Would it be better to have an audio recording, or video? How would it be best to access it - download or online? The work I've done with schools have included meditation, activites and discussion. The children have benefited greatly from the quiet time they get during the meditation sessions. The feedback from the children was that this was the only time they got when they could sit and be quiet and 'get out of their heads'. We tend to think that children want noise but they actually wanted the opportunity to have peace and quiet. I found the children were going home and teaching their parents how to meditate and they were benefiting so much from it. Children nowadays are bombarded with ipads, mobile phones, tv, internet, social media and online gaming. They welcomed the opportunity for the quiet time that mindfulness gave them and they were so much calmer and focussed afterwards. I look forward to hearing your responses. Thanks Sue

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