The initiative – called A Mindful Moment – will see students take part in a range of mindful activities, such as learning relaxation techniques and breathing exercises.
ClassDojo, the world’s most widely used communication app for primary schools and the organiser of the event, is hoping that millions of children will take part.
Pupils will be fundraising for Beyond Shame Beyond Stigma. Founder Jonny Benjamin is extremely thrilled that his charity is part of such an important event. He believes it is “vital for young children to recognise feelings such as anxiety, be able to speak openly about how they are feeling, and master ways to manage it. Learning about the way our minds work is an invaluable skill that can’t be taught early enough. It’s really exciting to see ClassDojo providing the opportunity to extend the powerful benefits of mindfulness to pupils and teachers in the classroom.”
“A Mindful Moment will not only help our primary age children learn a life skill but it will also help our charity fund and support timely help and treatment for young people too.”
A Mindful Moment will be especially timely for one specific year group of primary school children. More than 600,000 10 and 11-year-olds will take SATs tests the following week (13 – 16 May). Last year a YouGov poll of parents found that nearly half (48 per cent) said their child was anxious about taking the tests.
Mindfulness is known to promote good mental health and help children to feel better about themselves whilst also encouraging them to be more positive about their learning.
A new survey by ClassDojo of parents and teachers across the UK shows that 66% of parents say their child has experienced anxiety about school life. When the same question was asked to teachers, 77% say their students have experienced anxiety about school.
63% of parents think that learning how to manage feelings of anxiety is now equally as important as school work. 30% say it is more important.
Over half (56%) of parents say that they practice mindfulness with their child at home. Those parents say that their children are now better at handling emotions (64%), calmer (43%), and more focused (39%)