Supports pupils understanding of how being mindful helps our brain.
Supports pupils learning of mindful breathing techniques and meditation.
Equipment and Resources
Paper, pen and colours.
Calming music and bag with different objects (see main activity).
Introduce the session with the lesson objectives. Explain that they are going to learn a new skill called mindfulness.
Class discussion: Ask pupils the following questions:
A time when they felt calm and relaxed?
What was it like and what helped them feel relaxed?
Did they notice what happened to their body?
Repeat the above questions for the feelings of ‘cross and frustrated’.
Explain that mindfulness is a skill that helps your brain to feel calm. Mindfulness helps how you feel and also how well you learn.
Identifying feelings – As a class write down all the feelings words the class knows on the board. Ask the group to divide the feelings into two groups or pleasant and unpleasant feelings.
Mindful breathing – Explain that when we have unpleasant feelings, we may wish to do some breathing exercises to help us feel calm again. Ask pupils to count on one hand as they breathe in and the other hand as they breathe out. They can also put their hand on their tummy to feel it moving in and out. Get them to practice this and call it ‘helping hand breathing’.
Texture bag – Create texture bags using a selection of different objects, plastic food, toys or soaps. In small groups pupils can take it in turns to put their hand in the bag and feel an object, listen to the sound it makes or even smell in the bag! Explain the being mindful is about using your senses – smell, eyes, touch, hearing etc.
Colour breathing - Ask pupils to think of a relaxing colour. Now ask pupils to think of a colour that represents stress, sadness or anger. As a whole class encourage pupils to imagine breathing in the relaxing colour and visualise it filling their lungs. Then imagine breathing out the stress, sadness or anger colour.
Explain different ways we can be mindful everyday e.g. walking outside, listening to sounds, breathing in air, eating, having a shower.
Reflection time: Ask pupils to think how they can be more mindful each day.