What is Paws b?
Paws b is for children aged 7 -11 and is offered formally as a series of PSHE lessons, and informally through integrating the learning and practice of mindfulness in all National Curriculum subjects and in the children’s everyday lives.
It is a primary school version of .b and was developed thanks to a core development team of Tabitha Sawyer and Rhian Roxburgh, teachers at Ysgol Pen Y Bryn and Sarah Silverton, a senior mindfulness teacher and trainer with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University in Wales.
Why should a child in KS2 take the Paws b course?
- It promotes well-being
- It offers knowledge and skills applicable to the child’s life
- It can be individually tailored to suit each child
- It extends the thinking skills learning which is promoted in the national curriculum such as neuroscience and metacognition
- It helps children understand themselves better
- It helps them to be resilient and resourceful when life is challenging
- Skills and understanding can be available throughout their school life and beyond
What will they learn?
- They learn about parts of the brain known through neuroscience evidence to be impacted by mindfulness practice
- Ways to steady themselves when their mind/body is busy or out of balance
- Ways to respond rather than react – and therefore take best care of themselves
- Ways to relate to their thinking processes and how these impact their emotions and body state
- Ways that mindfulness can support them in all the activities and relationships of their lives
How are the lessons taught?
Paws b is usually taught by teachers from the child’s school, or by external Paws b teachers who have formed a relationship with a a school. Teachers delivering the curriculum (often as part of the PSHE curriculum) will have their own mindfulness practice and have been trained in Paws b curriculum delivery. There are many opportunities in the primary school setting which allows Paws b materials to be flexibly delivered so that it has optimum relevance to that particular class setting.
PLEASE NOTE: Paws b should not be taught as a public course, ie publicly advertised and taking place outside the context of a school, sports club or other educational or youth-related organisations. Please contact us if you have any questions about this or go the FAQ page for more information.
Paws b provides a programme of six, one hour lessons , or twelve 30 minute lessons that include:
- Scientific knowledge
- PowerPoint lessons with a variety of film clips
- Short meditation practices
- Discussion and exploration of experiences
- Home practice encouragement and support (and therefore integration into life beyond school)
The learning from all of these lessons is encouraged to be connected to other aspects of the school curriculum where and when appropriate, such as music, sport, art, drama, queuing to come in to the classroom, school and residential trips, to name just a few possibilities.
Is there any evidence to show that Paws b helps the children at school or generally in their lives?
A Masters study in a primary school showed pupils who were taught mindfulness lessons had increased positive attitudes towards their learning after the lessons compared to the pupils who weren’t taught mindfulness. Additionally, the academic results were better for the pupils that were taught mindfulness. All the lessons seemed to appeal and benefit both boys and girls.
The feedback from children who have taken part in Paws b is very positive. The children report enjoying the lessons and finding the learning supports them in a broad range of situations from being able to concentrate and focus more easily in school to helping them feel calmer in exams and competitions. Many have described sharing the learning with other family members and finding it helps them with their relationships with family and friends.
For information on the forthcoming courses please go to the course schedule