Mindfulness with Year 3

During the session Year Three used some of their super senses, smell, touch, taste and sight.

The following was the script I used for the Mindful eating :

Take a raisin and hold it in the palm of your hand, using your finger roll the raisin on your palm. Taking your time look at the raisin giving it your full attention. Let your eyes explore every part of it. look at where the light shines on it, look at the hollows and ridges. Focus on the raisin imagine you have just come from Mars and have never seen one before. Turn the raisin over between your fingers, explore the texture, close your eyes whilst you do this. Pick up the raisin using your thumb and finger and hold it beneath your nose, inhale the aroma, smell the perfume of the raisin. Notice if anything is happening to your mouth or your stomach. Now slowly lift the raisin to your lips notice how your hand and arm know exactly what to do and where to position it. Gently place the raisin in your mouth, without chewing notice how it gets into the mouth. When the raisin is in your mouth spend a few moments exploring the sensations of having it in your mouth. Feel the raisin with your tongue, roll it around your mouth enjoy the sensation.When you are ready prepare to chew the raisin notice what happens as you chew. Be aware of how the texture and shape changes and of  how the raisin tastes. When you are ready swallow the raisin, notice if you can detect the intention to swallow. Finally see if you can feel what is left of the raisin moving down into your stomach. Sit quietly and think about how your body is feeling after doing this exercise.
After the session the children were asked to feedback their thoughts. The comments were positive with children saying that they felt relaxed, ready to learn, and more focused. Mrs Taylor also participated in the Mindfulness exercise and when asked her thoughts her reply was positive.

” I have really enjoyed the Mindfulness session and when I go home I am going to do the raisin exercise with my children.”

Year 4 and 5 have also experienced the Mindful eating with a raisin.

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Mindfulness sessions have  recently been introduced within school. The children have had an assembly on mindfulness by Mrs Lowe; Year1 and Year5 have experienced  a whole class mindfulness session. Concentration, self -awareness, focus and emotional regulation are some of the many benefits of practising mindfulness. It is not just the children who will be practising mindfulness as staff will also be participating. After half term I will be starting mindfulness sessions with Year 4 and Year 5.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you feel your child might benefit from being in a mindfulness group.

Mrs Devlin


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