Sunday, 20 November 2011

PSHE and practical thinking skills

I have recently seen the way that children in Years 5 and 6 have responded to relaxation and thinking skills training through "Mindfulness" techniques. The fun, hands on sessions are very simple, but very effective. Children can immediately put the techniques into practice. Some Year 5 children have told me that the techniques have helped them control nerves when taking penalties in football, focus their minds when starting homework or revision and generally coping with stress. The exuberance of youth allows young minds to take on new ideas and try them out. If they don't have any effect they will bin them immediately. Years 5 and 6 seem to feel that two breathing exercises and one for focussing the mind have immediate relevance to their lives as they head out into the playground. These practical skills can, and I think, should be part of a PSHE programme which equips children with the skills required to flourish in the 21st century.



  1. Following the PSHE IAPS course in London I introduced 7/11 breathing to my yr 6 as a way to help them control nerves leading to the 11+. Many of them felt it was helpful and that was from just a couple of 2 min sessions!

  2. Absolutely Paula. Dot b has had a real effect from minimal input. A Year 7 girl brought a cut out of the dot b logo which she had made at home in to school to remind her.

  3. I love that idea, I think I may have to use that. Then it will be getting everyone else on side but that may have to wait until next term.