Overarching question for Term 3:
If there were no wars, would there be History?
Please spend time over the term discussing this question together and take the time to reflect on it after each week of learning. You can email your thoughts and reflections, along with your amazing work to:
Here is the timetable of lessons that we will be following in school. Please feel free to magpie our structure if it would help you at home. Please do send in your work to the E-mail addresses above so that it can be shared and celebrated. If you would like support or feed-back, please send in your work or book a meeting with Miss Bunn or Miss Webster.
Why not try some of these activities suggested for Mental Health Week?
- Heartbeat Exercise: As your students monitor their heartbeat and breathing after exercise, they’ll learn to become mindful of how their body feels.
- Pinwheel Breathing: This exercise helps students practice deep breaths by using a pinwheel to show them how.
- Muscle Relaxation: How often are we truly mindful of the muscles in our body? With this activity, children can start practicing mindfulness around how they tense or relax their muscles.
- Mindful Colouring: Click on the link to find printable sheets that you can use for a mindful colouring activity.
- Five Senses Exercise: Did you know that you can use all five of your senses while being mindful? This activity can show you how!
- The Present Moment Worksheet: This free mindfulness worksheet teaches young students all about what it means to be present.
- Yoga for Kids: Check out this video of a group mindfulness exercise that will help elementary students practice yoga through age-appropriate and imaginative games.
- Contentment Thermometer: Being aware of our emotions is a key component of mindfulness. This “contentment thermometer” can help students define and track their feelings.
- Making Mindful Observations: Add a little social-emotional learning to your science lessons by teaching students to make mindful observations
- Teaching STOP Mindfulness: Teach kids the core components of mindfulness through the acronym STOP: Stop, Take a breath, Observe, and Proceed.
- Breathing Boards: Have your students follow the line with their finger as they take calm, measured breaths.
- Gift of You: This festive activity is a great way to teach mindfulness around the holidays.
- Mindful Glitter Jar: This adorable craft can give students a physical example of how their thoughts settle down after practicing mindfulness.
- Mindful Eating: What student doesn’t love a lesson that involves snacks? With this creative mindfulness exercise, students can learn to be more aware of what they’re eating.
- Smiling Minds App: Try out this free mindfulness app for kids with your students to practice short meditations and other exercises.
- Mindful Gratitude Exercise: When students learn to be mindful of what they’re thankful for, they can find greater contentment in their lives.
- Quiet Time: Adding a little quiet time to your classroom schedule can give students time to de-stress and focus on the present.
- Nature Walk: Embark on an outdoor walk that will encourage your students to engage all of their five senses in observation.
- What Mood Are You Generating in Others?: Using this lesson plan as a guide, discuss with your students how everyday actions affect their classmates and what they can do to put themselves in another person’s shoes.
- Rainbow Bubble Breathing Story: For younger students, this “story” about a rainbow bubble can be a great visual for practicing controlled breathing.
- Mindfulness Scavenger Hunt: As students check off each box in this modified scavenger hunt, they will get closer and closer to practicing mindfulness
- Guided Meditation: Demonstrating how to meditate to your little learners can be tough. With this guided meditation designed for children, you can help them learn how.
- Mindfulness Safari: With this mindfulness safari, you can learn to pay attention to the world around you from the comfort of your schoolyard.
- Positive Affirmations: Check out this list of 125 positive mantras your students can use while meditating or reflecting on their strengths.
- Mindful Listening: Listening is an essential part of mindfulness. Use this resource to show your students how to become mindful listeners in school and elsewhere.
- Build a Face Story Stones: This activity can help students learn to observe and recognize different emotions.
- Blindfolded Taste Test: Taste is a powerful sensation, and this activity can be especially helpful for teaching students to analyse different sensations.
- Mindful or Unmindful? Worksheet: To make sure your students grasp what mindfulness is and is not, fill out this worksheet as a class.
- Being Mindful of Anger: Anger can be difficult for kids to process and even tougher for them to react to in a healthy way. Use this quick meditation script to help students calm down when they feel overwhelmed.