Mindfulness in the classroom

This term we will be learning about mindfulness and yoga. Mindfulness involves training our attention to experience the present moment with greater curiosity and kindness. This will help us to appreciate what is going well and help us to respond more skillfully to life’s inevitable challenges.

During the course we will be learning about many things, including:

*specific areas of the brain and how these affect our ability to focus, make good choices, recognise when we need to steady ourselves when our body or mind is busy or out of balanace.

*ways that mindfulness can support them in many day-to-day activities, including concentration and memory, behavioural self-management, and in relationships with family and friends.

*ways to respond rather than react and therefore make better choices and take best car of ourselves.

Survival Day!

We have been reading Kensuke’s Kingdom in class, which is about Michael getting stranded on an island and having to survive with only an old man for company. On Tuesday 12th December, we had a survival day, where we went outside with Mrs Macleod to do lots of activities, such as: shelter building, tool crafting, scavenging and lighting fires. In tool crafting, we made whittled sticks using a potato peeler and a knife. Around base camp, Mrs Macleod showed us how to use flint and steel and we cooked some toast and baked beans. In foraging, we had to cross a ‘river’ and had to find some food. In shelter building, we made a shelter using tarpaulin and sticks, making sure it was secure and stable for the weather. In the afternoon, Mr Whyte gave us some tasks: build a raft, make a useable bed and come up with a way to write (not using paper or a pencil). We had a great day which was lots of fun. Thank you to everybody who helped out!
By Owen and Jayna

Bike Ability

Year 5 have had a very busy week! We have been taking part in Bike Ability. There are three bike ability levels, each designed to improve cycling skills, no matter what is already known. Levels 1,2 and 3 take the children from the basics of balance and control, all the way to planning and making an independent journey on busier roads. By taking part in Bike Ability this week we are providing the children with the skills and confidence to ride on roads in the future.

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