This enquiry was designed to investigate the impact of implementing mindfulness techniques into a classroom after lunchtime to motivate and increase focus on the pupils. When deciding upon this enquiry, the wide range of the age of learners and their different stages in education was taken into consideration.
Research has shown that there is an increase in the focus and attention levels of children after partaking in Mindfulness practices and this consequently helps to improve the quality of work produced by the pupils. Mindfulness techniques can be used for both high energy classes who need to calm down and classes who need an energy boost in order to motivate them.
Each member of the group adapted different mindfulness strategies into their classrooms after lunchtime. For secondary, a subject class was picked based on teacher judgement of which class would benefit the most from this enquiry. Examples of the strategies used are mindfulness breathing, yoga, calming music and partaking in quick exercise to wake pupils up if they are feeling tired and unmotivated.
This enquiry was completed over a four-week period and data was collated on a weekly basis. It was found that Mindfulness was effective in increasing the attention and focus of the pupils within the classes after lunchtime and it is a strategy that the group members would continue to use. However, it was concluded that wider research would need to be carried out in order to categorically state that Mindfulness is a successful way of raising attainment in the afternoons.