Supports pupils understanding of how to be mindful.
Supports pupils learning of ways to relax and feel calm.
Support pupils understanding of mental health.
Equipment and Resources
Paper, pen, and colours.
Introduce the session with the lesson objectives.
Group discussion: Ask pupils to discuss the questions about feeling relaxed on slide 3. Initiate a whole class discussion.
Group discussion: Ask pupils to discuss the questions about feeling frustrated on slide 4. Initiate a whole class discussion.
Explain what mindfulness is and why it is important using slides 5 and 6.
Watch the video about mindfulness.
‘The present moment’ activity: Ask pupils to sit quietly and pay attention to what is going on right now using their 5 senses. Ask pupils to then complete the questions about their experience on slide 8.
Explain what feelings are using slide 9.
‘Feelings forecast activity’: Ask pupils to talk about which of our feelings can be like the weather and which feelings might go with which symbols.
Discussion: Pupils can discuss with a partner what they do each week to help them relax.
Triangle breathing class activity: As a class complete the triangle breathing exercise on slide 13.
Show the rainbow breathing video on slide 14 and complete the activity.
Mindful posing activity: Ask pupils to have a go at the mindful poses on slide 16 and in pairs to come up with their own versions.
A helping hand activity: Pupils can draw around their hand. In each finger pupils can identify one person who they feel safe to talk to when they are feeling sad or worried or cross.
Explain the top tips for being more mindful.
Reflection time: Ask pupils to think about 3 things they have learnt today and what they will do differently to be more mindful.