"At its most basic level, mindfulness helps train your attention to be more aware of what is actually happening, rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen. We learn to bring greater curiosity to whatever it is we experience. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founding father of secular mindfulness, described this skill as ‘being alive and knowing it’."
Staff have been trained to deliver the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) Dots and Paws b Curriculum. Dots is a new mindfulness curriculum for children aged 3 - 6 developed by MiSP in collaboration with experienced teachers in a range of settings. Paws b [pause be] is a leading mindfulness curriculum for children aged 7 -11 in schools and was initially developed in collaboration with experienced primary school teachers at Pen y Bryn school and senior mindfulness teachers and researchers at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University in Wales. The lessons are flexible and varied and can be taught as twelve 30 to 60 minute lessons or can be grouped into pairs and delivered over six sessions.
The benefits of Paws b for our pupils:
- Promotes well-being and resilience
- Offers knowledge and skills applicable to the child’s life
- Can be individually tailored to suit each child
- Extends the thinking skills learning which is promoted in the national curriculum such as neuroscience and metacognition
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