Easebourne children benefit from mindfulness lessons thanks to Lady Cowdray

Children at Easebourne Primary School have been learning about mindfulness this term thanks to the generosity of Lady Cowdray.

Thursday, 29th October 2020, 10:06 am

Year-three pupils have been working with Sandrine Cranswick of Mindfulness Midhurst each week, while children in years four, five and six have continued their two to three-weekly sessions of mindfulness with their class teachers.

Pupil Alex Manning, from Rabbits year three H class, said: “We’ve learned so much already; how our mind can wander off, but we can start to bring it back.

“Sandrine, our PAWS b trainer, explained that training our mind is like training a puppy – we need to be firm, kind and really patient.

Easebourne Primary School pupils practice their mindfulness

“Focusing on our breath helps and lots of us feel calmer and happier afterwards.”

Head teacher Johnny Culley introduced PAWS b, a mindfulness curriculum provided by the Mindfulness in Schools Project, for all children in key stage two a couple of years ago.

Mr Culley said: “At its most basic level, mindfulness helps the children to be more aware of what is actually happening, rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen.

“Our year-three children, who missed six months of school during lockdown, need this training more than ever and we are very grateful to Lady Cowdray for funding it.”

Lady Cowdray: “We all need to look after our mental health and well-being, now more than ever, and we are delighted to be able to continue to support this initiative at Easebourne Primary School, to ensure that the year-three children can benefit from the work that Mindfulness Midhurst does to support our children and young people, as years four to six have done before them.”

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