Mind Up Cirriculum
The Mind Up Curriculum is implemented each year across all year levels R-7. It is a comprehensive, classroom tested, evidence based curriculum that fosters social and emotional awareness, enhances psychological well-being and promotes academic success. The students engage in learning experiences that involve learning about their brains and its various functions, mindful strategies and increase social and emotional learning skills. At St Brigid’s we also provide parent workshops giving them an insight into the purpose and success of the program their child is interacting in.
Learning about the Brain
As children learn about how their brains function, they also develop the terminology used to describe this. They learn that unmindful thoughts and actions occur when the Amygdala blocks the flow of sensory input to the prefrontal cortex and reacts without thinking. In addition, mindful thinking occurs when our brain has time to think about what we hear or see before we respond to it. Children learn strategies to develop a more mindful way of thinking.
Mindfulness practices increase an awareness of the moment as well as awareness that when bodies and brains work together we are more successful. Through learning mindful strategies students
Core breathing is a whole school strategy students learn and practice daily. Focusing on our breathing helps calm the body by slowing the heart rate, lowering blood pressure and sharpening tools. The more controlled your breathing is, the more mindful you can become. When we use Core Practice we are quieting our minds and getting ready to learn. This practice will help us become more focused in school and outside of school.
Every child, every brain needs a break therefore all students engage in various brain breaks throughout their day. This supports children to remain more focussed, contributing to increased positive results in their learning achievements. As they learn to quiet the mind, they are strengthening their mind. Core breathing is a whole school strategy students learn and practice
Peaceful Kids Program
As we focus on the wellbeing of the children at our school, we also offer students the opportunity to participate in the Peaceful Kids program. This program complements the MindUP curriculum, providing a tailored approach to addressing specific student needs. It teaches a range of mindfulness strategies, meditations and positive psychology exercises as well as other evidence based strategies that help build children’s resilience.