Horniman Primary School

  • Horniman Drive
  • Forest Hill
  • London
  • SE23 3BP
  • Tel: 020 8699 3190
  • After School Club: 020 8699 8378
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  • Headteacher: Mr Andrew Pickering
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What is Mindfulness?


Mindfulness is the practice of being in control of your mind, rather than your mind controlling you. For a child, mindfulness is a critical life skill that will aid them in developing self-control, awareness, acceptance and even achieving academic success.


Why Teach Mindfulness to Children?


Research has shown that practicing mindfulness:


  • improves self-control and impulsive behaviours

  • increases attention span

  • improves academic success

  • increases awareness of the physical world around us

  • helps us make peace with personal imperfections by teaching acceptance

  • help us embrace vulnerability by learning to trust ourselves and others

  • provides the avenue to be more gracious, empathetic, compassionate and kind to ourselves and others


    How often and where do we teach Mindfulness?


    Mindfulness sessions take place in the classroom and are led by the class teacher. Each class will have a daily 5-10 minute mindfulness session straight after lunch  and some classes may plan longer sessions at other times during the week.


Here are some of the recordings we use at school for Mindfulness: 

Exercise 1 - Sitting Still Like a Frog

Exercise 2 - The Little Frog

Exercise 3 - Attention to the Breath

Exercise 4 - The Spaghetti Test

Exercise 5 - The Pause Button


These are Mindfulness recordings Sarah Hews has made for Horniman: 

Chest and Tummy

Finger Breathing


How Many Breaths

Paws B

Petal Practice

Horniman Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.