Lauren McCash

Primary Teacher

Glenmanor Primary

  • Health & Wellbeing

Guided Relaxation in the Classroom

Rationale

The Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) plays an important role to promote the importance of health and wellbeing for all children and educational communities (Education Scotland, online). Scottish Government (2014) places emphasis on a child’s mental and emotional wellbeing as well as their physical wellbeing, noting that they are each equally as important. It is also suggested that a positive health and wellbeing can have an effective impact on all other areas of the curriculum, including literacy and numeracy. Their goal is to ensure all children in school learn about the importance of their health, to ensure they can live happily and healthily for the entirety of their lives. The Scottish Government has therefore put in place the ‘Mental Health Strategy’ from 2017 – 2027, to recognise the importance of mental health and the challenges that can come with it (Scottish Government, 2017). It is also suggested that school staff must provide children with knowledge about health and wellbeing to ensure a better chance of achievement within the school. McLean (2003) highlights that if a child has poor mental and/or emotional wellbeing, they are less likely to be focused and motivated to learn within the classroom. Further Kern and Stejskal (1983) suggests that if these negative, tense emotions are allowed to progress, all of a child’s energy that they could be using for their learning is instead used up with trying to deal with the overriding feelings of stress. It is therefore important that an intervention is put in place to manage these negative feelings. By implementing relaxation techniques into the classroom, it is hoped that the children will develop a more positive emotional wellbeing, feeling good within themselves, and in turn become more motivated during class time. This will then all have a positive impact in their overall learning development.

Aims

Through this inquiry, the aim is to discover if relaxation techniques in the classroom impacts the concentration of each child. These techniques will be explored each day after lunch as this is when the children experience more negative feelings and are regularly distracted. From this, it will be clear if the introduction of relaxation in the classroom encourages the children to be more ready and willing to learn.

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