As part of Campbell Primary School’s commitment to the development of the whole child, the school has introduced daily whole school mindful practices.
Each day at 1.40 pm a chime rings over the PA to alert staff across the school to commence their mindful practices.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of your body, mind and feelings in the present moment, thought to create a feeling of calm. Cambridge Dictionary.
What Are the Benefits of Mindfulness With Children
- Research shows that mindfulness training increases connectivity in the frontal lobe of the brain, which is linked to improved attention, memory processing and decision making
- Mindfulness training involves tuning in to internal and external experiences with curiosity resulting in increased self-awareness, social awareness, and self-confidence.
- Mindfulness training increases children’s ability to self-regulate their emotions, especially difficult emotions such as fear and anger, through breathing and other grounding techniques.
- Mindfulness has been shown to improve empathy or the ability to understand what another person is thinking or feeling, which improves children’s awareness of others and helps them to build positive relationships.
- Mindfulness training has been to shown to reduce the severity of depression, anxiety and ADHD in children.
- Mindfulness builds resilience by giving children skills to help them to cope better with stress, as well as engage more fully with themselves and the world.
Useful Mindfulness Links
Zero to Three – Mindfulness for Parents
5 Mindful Tips for Parenting Conundrums
Why and How to teach kids mindfulness
Why teaching mindfulness benefits students learning
8 Mindful Practices for Parents