A supply teaching adventure took me to a wonderful school over in Chilworth, Surrey. I stopped several times to take photos on route, it was a refreshing space with friendly smiling welcoming faces in a beautiful setting.
I had a Science lesson to deliver to a Year 4 class on the ‘Water Cycle’ which I have taught many times over the years.
After registration, I did a couple of short left and right brain relaxation / mindful activities with them, which changed their restless ‘state’ from playtime into a calmer more present one.
This linked in nicely to how the water cycle is also about changes of state – liquids, solids and gases. The usual labelled pictures of clouds, rain, mountains, trees, rain, rivers and the sea ensued.
There was just 5 minutes left before assembly so we explored the water cycle using yoga as in a playful and reinforcing way.
The class did gentle inhale and exhales to blow clouds, used fingers for pretend rain whilst reciting the word precipitation slowly squatting down to create the sea, gently waving from side to side, created circles as the sun warmed the earth, slowly stood and repeated saying evaporation, rose up became cooler and repeated condensation and then repeated the cycle. We of course threw in a couple of wobbly tree and mountain poses and remembered to breath. With more time there was much more we could have explored together.
If you know a school who you feel would benefit from learning how to weave yoga and mindfulness simply across their day to create calm and connected teachers and pupils please get in touch. I’m running workshops.