Paws b is the UK’s leading mindfulness program for children aged 7 – 11.
Paws b is a reserched-based social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum. Lessons involve the exploration of mindfulness techniques and the development of knowledge and skills to promote wellbeing. Delivered in 6-12 sessions of 30-60 minutes.
Paws b is generally offered formally as a series of PSHE/ SMSC lessons in schools, and suitable for Key Stages 1 and 2. Learning objectives from these lessons can be easily connected to other aspects of the school curriculum where and when appropriate. For instance, music, sport, art, drama, queuing to come in to the classroom, school and residential trips, to name just a few possibilities.
The lessons can also be taught successfully in other settings e.g. summer school and after school programs, family centers, pupil referrals units, etc.
This copyrighted mindfulness curriculum was created by the Mindfulness in School Project (MISP) development team, which includes teachers, mindfulness practitioners, psychologists and neuroscientists. It can only be taught by a trained teacher.
Four reasons why a school would benefit from adopting the curriculum:
1. It offers knowledge and skills applicable to the child’s life throughout their school life and beyond
2. It extends the thinking skills learning which is promoted in the national curriculum such as neuroscience and metacognition
3. It helps children understand themselves better
4. It helps them to be resilient and resourceful when life is challenging
Children will learn:
1. Ways to relate to their thinking processes and how these impact emotions and body states
2. Ways to steady themselves when their mind/body is busy or out of balance
3. Ways the brain is positively impacted by our experience and mindfulness
4. Ways that mindfulness can support them in all the activities and relationships of their lives
Feedback from children who have taken part in Paws b is generally very positive. They report enjoying the lessons and finding the learning supports them in a broad range of situations, e.g. competitions, exams, concentrating in class, etc. Many have described sharing the learning with other family members and finding it helps them with their relationships with family and friends.
Watch the video to hear directly from children how they feel about the course.
Join the next mindfulness course in London starting on 30th January 2017 near King’s Cross, Angel, Camden and Islington.