Part of the Glyn Academies Trust

Wellbeing

The health and wellbeing of Hammond children is paramount and so, in addition to our comprehensive PSHE lessons, we are delighted to offer children weekly specialist yoga and mindfulness sessions led by Mrs Urwin.

Yoga

In yoga, they will benefit both psychologically and physiologically. Vital skills will be introduced and practised including mind-body awareness, self-regulation and physical fitness which promote good mental health, behaviour and performance - to provide the children with tools to be calm, creative and resilient.

The structure of each lesson will include a:

  • Transitional activity (ground the children or body awareness depending on the energy in the class)
  • Feelings check (mind-body awareness)
  • Breathing exercise (focus and strength)
  • Creative sequence (poses using a story or creating individual/partner/group poses age appropriately)
  • Game (social and emotional as well as playfulness/mindful)
  • Calm zone (a calming sequence repeated each week in preparation for relaxation)
  • Visualisation/Relaxation (mind-body awareness/self-regulation)
  • Breathing exercise (release energy/emotions created by relaxation)
  • Affirmation (act of kind words to themselves).

Lesson content will encompass the Hammond values and lesson themes will be linked closely to the topics of the term for each year group as well as any current events taking place within or outside of the school calendar. For example, Year 3 children may find themselves exploring yoga poses in the context of an explorer sailing their way down the River Nile and navigating their way inside the narrow passageways of a pyramid to where they discover the Pharoah's tomb - all in the course of a creative sequence!

Mrs Urwin is certified by: yoga tree

 

Mindfulness

With anxiety and depression in society on the increase and 1 in 10 primary age children having a clinically diagnosable mental health condition, Mindfulness is an awareness of being present to recognise thoughts as they come and go. Long-term mindfulness practice increases wellbeing and happiness.

So, alongside mindful activities in yoga, children will also be taught a fun mindfulness for children curriculum by the name of 'Paws b'. Learnings from this curriculum are encouraged to be used in all aspects of school and home life (and adult life too!).

Increasing evidence supports mindfulness in schools (when delivered by specialists) as a way of improving cognition, executive functioning, behaviour and physical health.

For the children, studying mindfulness will mean handling difficulty better, improved concentration, techniques for handling exams, sleep, and noticing more of the 'good stuff' in life. This is achieved through learning about four parts of their brain (pre-frontal cortex, insula, hippocampus and amygdala) and their roles, as well as practical techniques which will be practised in class and home without the need for an app or props.

Mrs Urwin is: paws b