.b Curriculum

.b, pronounced [dot-be], is the UK’s leading mindfulness curriculum for 11-18 year olds in schools. .b stands for ‘stop and be’, a simple practice at the heart of this ten lesson course.

Each .b lesson (between 40 minutes and 1 hour) is expertly crafted for use in the classroom to teach a distinct mindfulness skill. The .b materials are designed to engage even the most sceptical of young minds.

The lessons

An introduction

An introductory lesson persuades young people that mindfulness is worth learning about by making it relevant to their lives.

Lesson 1 – Playing Attention

Introduces students to this thing we call our “attention” which, like a puppy, needs to be trained.

Lesson 2 – Taming the Animal Mind

Explores different mind states and teaches that ‘anchoring’ attention in the body, alongside the cultivation of curiosity and kindness, can be calming and nourishing.

Lesson 3 – Recognising Worry

Explains the tricks our mind plays that lead to stress and anxiety, and gives us techniques to deal with them.

Lesson 4 – Being Here Now

Comes to the heart of mindfulness and teaches us how to respond, rather than react, to whatever happens in our lives.

Lesson 5 – Moving Mindfully

Shows us that mindfulness is not just something we do sitting or lying down. It also looks at high performance in sport.

Lesson 6 – Stepping Back

Offers us a new way of relating to our thoughts. We don’t have to let them carry us away to places we’d rather not be.

Lesson 7 – Befriending the Difficult

Deals with the greatest challenge of all: dealing with difficult emotions.

Lesson 8 – Taking in the Good

Focuses on gratitude and the ‘heartfulness’ of taking in & savouring what is ‘good’ in life.

Lesson 9 – Pulling it Altogether

Consolidates the key techniques from .b and inspires students to use what they have learned in the future.

Students of .b are encouraged to try mindfulness practices at home. To support this, MiSP has made a webpage, optimised for mobile devices, which contains the full guided animations and sound files for practicing these 10 lessons.

Trained .b teachers will be given the passcode for this site. Click here for more information about access.

Potential benefits for students

Staff and children share their experience of mindfulness and .b

.b aims to help young people:

  • To experience greater well-being (e.g. feel happier, calmer, more fulfilled)
  • To fulfil their potential and pursue their own goals e.g. be more creative, more relaxed, academically, personally
  • To improve their concentration and focus, in classes, in exams and tests, on the sports field, when playing games, when paying attention and listening to others
  • To work with difficult mental states such as depressive, ruminative and anxious thoughts and low moods
  • To cope with the everyday stresses and strains of adolescent life such as exams, relationships, sleep problems, family issues

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