Supporting Mental Health & Wellbeing through MindUp
At Bell Lane Primary School we are proud to be part of the growing network of MindUP schools who promote the mental health and emotional wellbeing of our whole school community.
The unique evidence-based framework provides knowledge and understanding of neuroscience, mindful awareness, positive psychology and mindful practices to affect positive change within the classroom and beyond. The 15-lesson curriculum includes practices developed to help children improve their focus, manage their emotions and face challenges with resilience, kindness and compassion.
The MindUP lessons are complemented by the ‘Brain Break’. This core mindful breathing exercise which takes place three times a day, enables pupils and staff to calm their minds, focus and get ready to learn.
The interactive teaching and learning approaches, complemented by whole-school mindful practices, help create an exciting learning environment within which children can thrive academically, socially and emotionally.
Our Shared Vision
MindUP is central to our strategic vision, it supports us to create a whole-school culture of gratitude, optimism, happiness and respect within which we can all grow and flourish.
For further details about the MindUP programme, including research findings, the curriculum overview and case studies, visit mindup.org.uk
What is MindUp?
MindUp is a programme of lessons and activities which every class does throughout the year to help children to:
- Learn better
- Understand their own emotions and feelings
- Be more positive and get on better with each other
Children take part in 15 Mind Up lessons over the year, one lesson every two weeks/ or a block of lessons every term. Every day children will do three "Brain Breaks" in class. "Brain Breaks" are deep breathing exercises which children do to help them calm down and prepare them for learning in lessons.
Mind Up helps to make the classroom a happier and safer place for children. It reduces bullying and aggression and helps children to be more positive and understanding.
To find out more, see the website: https://uk.mindup.org/
What is a "Brain Break"?
Pause. Listen. Breathe. It can take less than a minute to tell our minds to relax and focus. Brain Breaks are short listening and breathing exercises which children are taught to help them calm down and get ready to learn. Once they have learnt the breathing exercise, they can use this themselves to stop, breathe and think before they act.
Mind Up Lessons
There are 15 Mind Up lessons in total.
Unit 1: Getting Focused (Lessons 1-3)
Children are taught about the different parts of their brain and how they work.
They are taught about “Brain Breaks” and how to do them.
Unit 2: Sharpening Your Senses (Lessons 4-9)
Children learn about how their senses work, their moving bodies and the way they think.
Unit 3: It’s All About Attitude (Lessons 10-12)
Children learn how to understand each other and how to be more positive.
Unit 4: Taking Action Mindfully (Lessons 13-15)
Children learn to show gratitude and small acts of kindness in and outside of the classroom.
How Our Brains Work
Amygdala (The Guard Dog)
Our amygdala keeps us safe by reacting quickly if we are in danger. The amygdala is the emotional part of the brain. When we are angry or upset, our amygdala can stop us from making sensible decisions.
Prefrontal Cortex or PFC (The Wise Owl)
Our PFC helps us to think, learn and make good choices.
Hippocampus (Memory Saver)
Our hippocampus stores all our memories. When something happens to make us smile, our hippocampus will save that happy memory!
Some great free Mindup activities
Mindfup for families
MindUP Case study: https://vimeo.com/206596559
MindUP an Introduction: https://vimeo.com/181805023
MindUp for Parents: https://vimeo.com/181621369