Everyday life can be hectic for today’s children. They’re under more pressure than ever at school, and many also have a busy extracurricular schedule of sports, music lessons, clubs and playdates. And while some thrive on busyness, others find it harder to handle: a recent study found that children as young as six are suffering from stress.
As an antidote to this non-stop, high pressure lifestyle, many schools are now teaching mindfulness. This scientifically proven form of meditation has become hugely popular amongst adults in recent years, and evidence suggests that it can also have numerous benefits for children.
We run a 'Mindfulnness' programme throughout the school which helps develops students ability to self-reflect and become more confident. This programme works with pupils when they require extra time to develop strategies to help them feel calmer.
We also offer a 'Mindfulness' club after school where pupils of all ages can share ideas, collaborate and take time out to develop personal skills which enhance their well being.
Our playground has recently been developed to offer 'alternative' experiences for children to enjoy during their playtime. We have a sensory garden (maintained by students), quiet zones, meeting areas to stimulate conversations and relationships, mud kitchen and sand pit to develop social and creative play.