The Mindfulness for Kits program is highly engaging for children using natural themes and animals to bring it to life.
Below are a host of curriculum links that the program can be tied into.
Enjoyment of reading stories, poems and plays,
Application of language in a variety of circumstances,
Opportunities for Speaking and listening
Developing and discussing viewpoints,
Encouraging inference, and prediction,
Using speech bubbles,
Metaphors and similes (word play) etc.
Structure and function of plants including the life cycle of flowing plants, seed formation (nuts) and seed dispersal.
Shadows form when the light source is blocked.
Grouping / classifying living things, recognising environments / habitats can change.
Using the local environment / human impact / litter or deforestation (School trip to a local forested / woodland area).
Making simple guides or keys / observations of animals / construct and interpret a variety of food chains identifying producers, predators, and prey.
Art & Design
Construct a snow shaker to illustrate the settling nature of the mind when practicing mindfulness.
Sketch observations of woodland creatures.
Great artists examples of woodland art – Monet, Constable to Japanese cherry trees and the art associated with Disney or the Gruffalo.
Symphony No 6, Beethoven.
The Birds, Respighi.
Le carnaval des animaux (Carnival of the Animals), Camille Saint-Saëns.
The Flight of the Bumblebee, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
Year 2 How do we show our feelings? Different kinds of feelings; strategies to manage feelings; change and loss; recognising how others are feeling; sharing feelings
Year 3 How can we describe our feelings? Wider range of feelings; conflicting feelings experiences at the same time; describing feelings; feelings associated with change; recognising wider range of feelings in others; responding to other’s feelings
Year 4 How can we be a good friend? Recognise wider range of feelings in others; responding to feelings; strategies to resolve disputes.
Year 5 Actions can affect self and others.
Year 6 How can we manage risk? strategies for managing risk; resisting unhelpful pressure; personal safety; how to handle anti-social or aggressive behaviours
Cooking and Nutrition
Woodland food, fruits, nuts, fungi (with warning!) relate to seasonality.