What on earth is going on here? Let us explain…

If you were to undertake a survey of pupils about social times (morning break, lunch time), you would probably find that for some it is the highlight of the day whereas others it is a point of high-stress – for many pupils, it is both as they control their own time and navigate a wider variety of relationships than the classroom. This is natural – as adults, think about when you enter a big room full of people and how you feel…

As Highfields College, as part of our work around personal development, we factor in regular ‘mindfulness’ slots where we coach students in activities to help regulate and reset their emotions – helping them switch gears between the unstructured, ‘free’ space of social times and focused, orderly time of the classroom.

Mrs Thompson has been working on this successfully with her E5 class and shares the following experience:

Due to some fallouts at break time, my class were quite heightened in their emotions so we did some classroom bonding to ensure all of them stayed focused on their own school day and didn’t themselves end up getting involved. We did some collaborative Christmas activities followed by a game of 11s, which tests their mathematical reasoning. To finish the students enjoyed a game of heads down thumbs up and Monopoly together- where we also brought in mathematical knowledge. This set them up for a return to more formalised learning.