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Mindfulness in Nurture

We are now practising Mindfulness in nurture every day.  Mindfulness is an approach that aims to further develop children’s life skills by helping them self-regulate and self-calm, pay attention to themselves and the world they live in and to reflect effectively on their relationships.

The key aims of mindfulness  – these are to develop the following:

  • Attention – awareness of emotions, thoughts, feelings and greater concentration
  • Balance – time for you, time for family  and friends, time for school and studying
  • Compassion -self acceptance, non-judgemental

The purpose of practising mindfulnes is to better understand ourselves and allow us to have feelings without allowing the feelings to control us and our actions. Mindfulness aims to help us relax, to remain calm, to give ourselves compassion and not constantly compare ourselves with others.

We play lots of game to learn about ourselves and each other; for example, games to help us become more aware of physical sensations, thoughts and feelings, to slow down, to focus on breathing, or simply to be able to accept a thought then let it go. We  now practise mindfulness activities everyday in nurture. Sometimes these will last for two to three minutes and sometimes they may last for ten. The more we practise the better our skills become!

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Reinforcing skills at home

The children can practise mindful activities in a range of contexts- including at home. The nurture children are given a Mindfulness Record on which they can record their own mindful minutes and reflect on how effective these are in terms of maintaining their overall wellbeing.

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Telling the Truth …

We have had lots of discussions about telling the truth in Nurture this week. We’ve talked about why it is important to tell the truth , which sort of things are VERY IMPORTANT to be truthful about and other siutations when it is still IMPORTANT to tell the truth about what happened. We realised there are other times when it is OK to tell a small white lie to stop somebody from feeling hurt. We also talked about how we should NEVER keep a secret that feels wrong or uncomfortable.

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Friendship Bingo

On our first day back to school after the Easter holiday we played a game of Friendship Bingo. We talked about how it is important to have friends. It is great to be able to get on well with other people and have friends to play with. Making and keeping friends is not always easy, our bingo game helped us think about how to make friends and what to do if we quarrel with our friends. We all agreed that to have a good friend, you need to be a good friend!

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