As you are aware, our school has historically used Friday afternoon, from 2.30pm, to develop a variety of skills for our children through Monkhouse University courses. This year, we took a step back from this to allow us time to review the provision we had for our children and identify ways we could further support them. Our children told us they liked the following aspects of Monkhouse University:-
Having a choice of opportunities
Working with a variety of different children across school
Working with different staff
Ending the week in a positive way
Trying new things
Following feedback from our bi annual parental and pupil questionnaire, in addition to feedback from the pupil leadership team, we would like to trial a slightly different approach which will focus on being positive and emotionally healthy. Mindfulness can add to the quality of our lives in numerous ways, from nurturing a sense of inner peace to improving the quality of a workout, from enhancing self-confidence to facilitating deeper and more meaningful relationships with others. The idea of Monkhouse Mindfulness is to promote positive mental health and well-being for all pupils. In children specifically, mindfulness has been found to:
Mitigate the effects of friendship fallouts
Enhance focus in children with some attention difficulties.
Improving mental health and wellbeing
Improve social skills when practiced in children and adolescents.
We are going to run this for 4 weeks and children will select 4 different mindfulness activities, one each week.
We have ran several courses throughout the Summer & Autumn Term. See below for some of the course options
Reception - Yr 2 - circuit training, peer massage, magnet friends, 5 senses of mindfulness, yoga, laughter workshop, Zumba, go noodle and juggling