Mindfulness is nothing other than being aware of the present moment, being open minded to understand what is going on in and around you. It is about living in the present moment without getting swept up by the pressures of everyday life. To be mindful involves experiencing both joy and misery but not having to have an immediate reaction to it. However, mindful practice requires some effort and intentionality.
Just like adults, children in our current world are busy, tired and easily distracted and often lack the time in their busy schedules to just 'be'. Research has shown that teaching children to practice mindfulness allows them to pause and get a sense of what they need at that moment in time. They learn not hide their feelings but understand themselves and others better which we feel at Hillmead links to our Protective Behaviour and PSHE work where we strive to empower our children to identify their own feelings.
At Hillmead we use a variety of exercises, including guided meditation stories, breathing techniques and teaching children to be in tune with their senses. This is done for 10 minutes a day in each class.