What is mindfulness?
Professor Mark Williams, former director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, says that mindfulness means knowing directly what is going on inside and outside ourselves, moment by moment.
It's easy to stop noticing the world around us. It's also easy to lose touch with the way our bodies are feeling and to end up living 'in our heads' – caught up in our thoughts without stopping to notice how those thoughts are driving our emotions and behaviour
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How mindfulness helps mental wellbeing
Becoming more aware of the present moment can help us enjoy the world around us more and understand ourselves better.
Mindfulness exercises help children get better in touch with their thoughts and feelings. With increased awareness of how they are feeling in the moment, comes less emotional reactivity and a greater ability to listen and communicate more thoughtfully and effectively.
We believe that wellbeing is a clear indicator of academic achievement and success in later life, which is why we have a whole school approach to prioritise our children's and staff's wellbeing. Our school-based approach to promoting wellbeing is structured around the six ways of wellbeing, focusing on all and one in detail, each term. Mindfulness is timetabled on a daily base.
Term 1 - Keep Learning, try something new.
Growth mindset. How our brain works and how we can stretch it and the neuroscience of fright, flight and freeze response's.
Term 2 - Giving
The act of giving/kindness and its benefits to others and ourselves.
13th November International Day of Kindness.
Supporting our community.
Term 3 - Care for the Planet.
What small changes can we make to live a greener life, making a difference.
Term 4 - Take Notice
Encouraging us to be curious of our surroundings. Reflection and how it helps build resilience.
Term 5 - Connect
Positive relationships and self-image.
Reading and listening challenge. Nurturing friendships
Term 6 - Be active.
How physical activity helps us to think and feel positivity. Getting outside and moving.