Question?

Do you have a question for any of the children at The Dharma Primary School related to mindfulness in school or on meditation? Please leave a question in the comment box below and we will get back to you as soon as we can!


I feel a bit stuck with what to do with those children who find it hard and try to distract others (while they are the ones I am trying to help with it). Most children really enjoy a moment of peace in the morning. It helps their focus. I am also keen to find out in what different ways we can offer it to the class. - Hertford Infants, Brighton UK.



This is not uncommon even at our school. The trick is usually to tell them they don't actually need to do it. It is also about quality not quantity, if your class is yr2 you can't really expect more than 20/30 seconds of quiet.


Children also prefer a guided meditation  this is where you either talk to them as they meditate or give them something to think about; sending a wish to a loved one, thinking about their favourite place. Another good guided meditation is to let them meditate on the theme of a short story or picture book after it has been read. E.g. Elmer the elephant is special because he is different. Meditate on what makes your friend special... We also have sun in the center where we have the children meditate on a quality they like about a child in the class. 

Children also like to shut their eyes as you play a bell they have to listen for the bell as long as possible until it clears away. 

Finally we ring a bell and do a physical activity where we stand up cross our hands in opposite directions and then lift them high above our head and slowly bring them down whilst watching the class clock ( shouldn't take any longer than 20/30seconds).

I hope some of these help, but it's OK for the children not to take part. You accept this without judgement, but make it very clear that they don't spoil someone else's learning or experience... Children can usually appreciate and accept that.

Check out our 'mindful activities' for more ideas (we update this often) purchase Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness With Children for your school if you want to extend your activities and understanding.


To children who have been to other schools how is this school different?


"At my old school it would be just a normal boring school with nothing special. We would not follow any teachings. But at this school we really go deeper into our learning and we can talk about stuff going on at home with the teachers. 

They understand that kids are not always willing to give up their exciting day to sit at a desk doing nothing. 


Furthermore you can really tell the teachers your feelings at the moment so if something has gone wrong you can tell them and they give you time and space to deal with it.

Well at the other school the teachers wouldn't call my parents when I wanted them to. The reason I wanted my parents is because it was my first time going to a school." - Year 5

"At this school they will do alot of stuff to help you out. For example I couldn't do any Maths or English, infact I didn't even know what maths was at the time...

I certainly wouldn't have been able to write this comment I writing now! Now I can do English and Maths when ever I want to. It's nice knowing how to do stuff that I never thought I would actually learn." - Year 5

"At my old school I was generally unhappy but now I'm much happier." - Year 5

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4 comments:

  1. At my old school it would be just a normal boring school with nothing special. We would not follow any teachings. But at this school we really go deeper into our learning and we can talk about stuff going on at home with the teachers.

    They understand that kids are not always willing to give up their exciting day to sit at a desk doing nothing.

    Furthermore you can really tell the teachers your feelings at the moment so if something has gone wrong you can tell them and they give you time and space to deal with it.

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  2. Well at the other school the teachers wouldn't call my parents when I wanted them to. The reason I wanted my parents is because it was my first time going to a school.

    At this school they will do alot of stuff to help you out. For example I couldn't do any Maths or English, infact I didn't even know what maths was at the time...

    I certainly wouldn't have been able to write this comment I writing now! Now I can do English and Maths when ever I want to. It's nice knowing how to do stuff that I never thought I would actually learn.

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  3. At my old school I was generally unhappy but now I'm much happier.

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  4. 1. What is it like ringing the bell?
    2. What is Buddhism like in your school?
    3. How long has your school been there?
    4. Does your school play for any teams?
    5. How many people are there in one class?
    6. How do you make learning interesting?
    7. How many classes are there?
    8. How many people are in your school?
    9. How many teachers are there?
    10. Why do you like being at the school?
    11. What is it like for you at your school?
    12. Have you got a favourite Budda? Why/why not?
    13. Why do you want to come to our school?
    14. How old is your school?
    15.How long have you celebrated buddhism?
    16. Why do you practise stillness?

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