As a school we feel that well-being is extremely important in our modern world and learning strategies to support this is vital. In our PSHE, we use a mindful approach through our Jigsaw Scheme and consequently Relax Kids helps with this work. As well as this, it supports our work on becoming a values-based school, which has a focus on well-being. For the past few years, children in year 1,2,3 and 4 have taken part in taught Relax Kids sessions which are led by a trained Relax Kids teacher, Katie. Currently the children are having one session a half term for the academic year.
Katie has written about her sessions and the benefits to the children:
"Relax Kids offers a unique system of children's relaxation and mindfulness that can help children decrease stress and anxiety, increase attention span and improve concentration. Relax Kids also supports good mental health, pupil self-esteem and resilience. It has also shown to improve emotional wellbeing and behaviour in children. Class sessions incorporate movement and exercise, mindfulness and relaxation games, stretching, peer or self-massage, breathing techniques, affirmations and visualisations. Each class gently introduces children to simple and fun mindfulness tools that can be used in all areas of their lives."