Much has been said in the press about the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of young children. At King’s St Alban’s we are proud of the work we do to instil mindfulness techniques and ensure our pupils have a positive growth mindset. Over the past few months children at King’s St Alban’s have been able to draw on these techniques. The Paws b lessons that pupils receive in Years 5 and 6 as part of the Mindfulness In Schools Programme are designed to help train children’s attention to be more aware of what is actually happening, rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen. The training the children receive at school has really shone through with resilience, confidence, adaptability and a ‘can do’ attitude at the heart of our pupil’s Remote Learning.
To ensure that our pupils continued to benefit from the foundations laid at school, Mrs Lewis has set monthly Mindful Challenges. In May the children were challenged to take on as many tasks from the challenge as possible. These ranged from doing random acts of kindness to eating a snack mindfully, to meditating. As part of the challenge pupils were able to achieve different levels. If they reached Zen Master or above they received a gemstone creature in the post…which they all loved!
The June Journal was a mindful journal of positive thoughts. In positive psychology research suggests, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. It helps children feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their mental and physical health and helps them when dealing with adversity.
It has always been our aim to ensure our children generally have a positive mindset and are certainly encouraged to be resilient in their learning and beyond. Over the recent months we have seen first hand the benefit mindfulness teaching can have.