At the core is a 15-lesson curriculum, for each year group, based firmly in neuroscience, that teaches pupils across EYFS, KS1 & KS2, the skills and knowledge they need to regulate their stress and emotions, form positive relationships, and act with kindness and compassion.
MindUP is one of the most researched and evidence-based global programmes impacting children’s mental health. MindUP helps teachers create an optimistic classroom characterized by focused attention, gratitude, empathy, and connection to others. Our MindUP journey is designed to help pupils deepen their understanding of their own mental processes. By learning how their brains respond to stress and by practising strategies for quieting their minds, pupils become better at self-regulating, increasing their capacity for absorbing information, and improve their relationship skills.
We want all children to learn the tools and knowledge they need to thrive, live compassionately and be happy. We have trained every teacher and TA in MindUP and we want every home to experience the peace and joy that MindUP brings.
It can take less than a minute to cue our minds to relax and focus. A short breathing exercise helps students quiet their minds, focus their attention and get ready to learn.
Teaching pupils to focus on and control their breathing can help them become less reactive and more reflective when feeling anxious or stressed. The more controlled breathing is practised, the more self-managed and mindful students can become.
At Elm we take brain breaks 3 times per day. Accompanied by a chime and the same script across the school for continuity.