Mindfulness and music
The example of Jesus Christ and the Good News that he brings inspire St George's school to be a place of hope and a caring and inclusive community in which we all love to learn and learn to love.
‘A School without music is a school without a soul’ Don Bosco
Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way we feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection, emotional and spiritual development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps pupils understand themselves and others, forging important links between the home, school and the wider world. The teaching of music develops pupils’ ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music, to explore sounds and use their imagination and creativity to make their own music, and to develop the confidence to perform for others.
Psalm 57;7 My heart, O God is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.
Welcome to our mindfulness and music page. Both mindfulness and music help us keep calm and relaxed and are essential to our health and wellbeing. In school we practise lots of ways to keep calm and it is important to remember these strategies while we are at home too. You could even teach someone else to do the same. We love singing at St George's and it plays an important role in our daily worship and routines so it is important to keep this up too to lift your spirits and give you the 'feel good' factor.
Listen to some of your favourite songs and sing along. Teach someone at home the ones you think they will like. Practice some mindfulness activities to keep you calm and relaxed.
click on the link for a song linked to our Family theme for this half term. Can you learn the sign language?
Click on the link to learn our new Harvest song:
Try some of your favourite songs using sign language.
Try some of these well know nursery rhymes and learn some Makaton sign language
Looking to the Rainbow
Try this new song written by Becky Drake - the writer of 'City on a Hill', another of our favourite worship songs. It has been written for children to sing during lockdown. The symbol of the Rainbow shows that we can have HOPE even though things are difficult and very different for all of us at the moment. Enjoy singing and learning a new song and maybe we can sing it together at some point!
Hotshots - a great way to relax
Hotshots is a great way to help you relax especially when you are feeling tense. It is also good to help you connect with others. Most children have done this in school with Mrs McKeown.
Remember it is always important to ask someone if you can ask them before you give them a massage - you are asking for permission. Ask someone at home if you can give them a massage and see if you can teach them how to do Hotshots. Remember it needs to be a quiet time; maybe you could play some calming music to help you relax.
Breathing techniques - good for calming down
Breathing is also an important way to keep calm. Controling your breathing can be hard to do especially when you are feeling angry, sad or anxious but there are ways you can do this. Try some of the techniques and see which one works for you. Breathing to relax or calm down takes some practice so be patient and take your time.
Mindfulness is about living in the moment - taking notice of how your body feels; using your senses to see what you can see, hear, smell and taste around you. As well as helping you keep calm and relaxed it also helps you to pay attention and focus when you do other things. Mindfulness can help you deal with tough emotions and help you feel happy and good about yourself.
Try some of the Mindfulness March challenges - notice how they make you feel.
Baking is a great way to relax and practise mindfulness. Check out some of Cooking Club's favourite tried and tested recipes:
Try to use Fairtrade ingredients if you can. Cooking Club use Fairtrade products whenever possible.