Year 5 and Y6 Mindfulness Project
Our school has been chosen to take part in an exciting project which aims to introduce children, young people and school staff to mindfulness. The project which hopes to reach 5,400 pupils in Derbyshire and Derby City over the next 18 months has been commissioned by the NHS and is being managed by Derbyshire Educational Psychology Service.
Mindfulness involves paying attention to what is happening right now rather than worry about the past or future. Children often report feeling calmer, more relaxed and able to focus in lesson.
The project will train teaching staff to deliver mindfulness primarily to Year 5 and 6 pupils. Children will be taught by their own teacher or another teacher within the school. This is a universal intervention designed to support the emotional wellbeing of all pupils.
The school will be using the Mindful Attention Programme (MAP) as a basis to introduce children to the practice of mindfulness. The programme has a good evidence base and parents can find out more about MAP and about the benefits of mindfulness from the website www.psychologyforchildren.comThe programme consists of nine short sessions which are fun and designed to support children in developing skills which enable them to pay attention more effectively, cope with day to day stresses and strains, and get on better with each other. Children will also take part in short daily breathing practices of 3-5 minutes.
It is anticipated that the programme will start the week beginning 16th October 2017 and we would like to evaluate the programme in January 2018 by asking the children to complete a short written questionnaire in class. This will focus on if they enjoyed the sessions and if they feel mindfulness has helped them. Children will have the option of providing feedback or not and all information collected will be anonymised. The results will help the research team understand what children have found particularly helpful. Feedback will be provided to individual schools and contribute to a wider research project on the benefits of mindfulness.
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