Pupil: 'I would definitely recommend it to others; it has been helpful to us all in class. Mindfulness practices help us to calm down and reduce any frustrations or anger much faster.'
Pupil ' I can see how the mindfulness practices will help me throughout my life. I used it when I felt sick; I just focused on my breathing like I've been taught. It teaches you how to be kind to yourself and to respect those around you'
Pupil ' We have been inspired to try mindful eating and to use the practices when we are tired. We tried mindful eating of my packet of crisps in the park! It even helped me when I wanted to try something new.'
Staff: 'I have noticed a difference in the children on the football pitch. They are more aware of each other and even more kind to each other. They can sort out their own differences more easily.'
Staff: 'We like the programme focus on being kind to yourself. You can notice and allow errors in in the world and then let them pass. It teaches the children (and adults!) to take time to notice what is going on around them. We like the language used: ‘May I be happy, may I enjoy life, may I have the strength to get through difficult times, may I leave with ease.’ Willingness to participate is swift. Children have open and honest discussions about their practices and the children know how to practice mindfulness anywhere.
At Burton Leonard Church of England (VC) Primary School we recognise that the personal development of children, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards people and an understanding of their social and cultural traditions.