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Mind Up 

Mind Up at Lingfield Primary School

We are very excited to introduce Mind Up at Lingfield Primary School this term. It is going to have a huge, positive impact on how we learn, how we face challenges and how we become more resilient and reflective learners. Mind Up is a rigorous, science-based, whole-school approach to mindfulness and emotional wellbeing which underpins the PSHE curriculum. Mind Up helps us understand how our brains work, why they deal with situations in certain ways and, crucially, how we can begin to modify our responses.

Mind Up is part of the Goldie Hawn Foundation and has been adopted by schools across the world. Mind Up naturally fits into our philosophy at Lingfield Primary School as a Personal Best School and our core values of respect, resilience and relationships. Mind up deals head-on with issues like stress, anxiety, aggression and depression in a completely non-judgemental manner whilst placing emphasis on the power of the individual to develop a positive, growth mindset in a supportive environment.

The best way to learn more about Mind Up is to go directly to their website:


Mind Up at Lingfield Primary School - Booklet

The activities and ideas in this booklet complement the learning of the MindUP  programme that is happening at Lingfield Primary School and will enable you to support your  child further in becoming a mindful and successful learner for life.

The MindUP programme is split into 4 units of work: 

  • Unit 1 – Getting Focussed - this term in school

  • Unit 2 – Sharpening your senses 

  • Unit 3 – It’s all about attitude 

  • Unit 4 – Taking action mindfully 

This little handbook will give you tips and ideas of how best to support your child  within Unit 1. We hope you will find it useful! The children at Lingfield Primary School are learning about the brain this term and how their brain works. Unit 1 is the focus for this term.

This unit is broken down into 3 lessons: 

Lesson 1 – How Our Brains Work 

Lesson 2 – Mindful Awareness 

Lesson 3 – Focused Awareness: TheBrain Break

How Our Brains Work 

As a parent, understanding the links between the brain and behaviour can be enlightening.  We can see our children’s behaviour more objectively when we are able to put it into a  biological context. An understanding of your child’s developing brain can help to lower your  parental frustration and increase the effectiveness of your responses. Learning a few key  facts about the brain can optimize our ability to help our children navigate childhood and  become successful adults. In the MindUP curriculum, children learn about three main parts of  the brain: the Amygdala, the Pre-frontal Cortex (PFC), the Hippocampus, and (later in the term) the fourth part: the Reticular  Activating System (RAS). Children of all ages love learning interesting facts about their brain.  It is powerful for children to begin learning about their brain because it allows them to actively seek the optimal state for learning and being. 


MindUP helps children understand how their brain works in an age-appropriate way. Using  the analogy examples below, we create our own analogy for the functions of the different  parts of the brain: 

Part of the brain and the animal analogy

Prefrontal Cortex: wise owl


The intelligent elephant

The Amygdala:

The loyal guard dog

Family Activity Ideas – Conquering the Amygdala Hijack 

Ages 3-6 

Feeling Factory 

Help young children identify what they are feeling and how to describe  it. Very often, behaviour difficulties (amygdala hijacks) are a result of a  young child not having the words to describe what they are feeling and  being overwhelmed. Practice by acting out faces and guessing each other’s feelings so that children become more familiar with different expressions.

Ages 7-9 

Settle your glitter! 

Take a small plastic jar/bottle with a screw-on lid and fill it almost to the top with water. Add 1 tablespoon of glitter glue and 1 tablespoon  of fine glitter. Screw the lid on tight and shake! 

Talk with your child about how the jar is like your brain. Notice how  hard it is to see clearly when the glitter is spinning. Compare it to  when the amygdala is in charge and it’s hard to think clearly and make  good decisions. When the glitter has settled, compare it to what it’s  

like when the amygdala is calm and you can access your prefrontal  cortex (PFC) and make good decisions. 

Ages 10-11 

Have your child get familiar with things they can do to counter  negative emotions. Some ideas might be exercise, deep breathing,  writing feelings down, spending time with friends or family. 

Mindful Awareness – The Brain Break

Mindful awareness through focused attention is a valuable skill for both children and  caregivers to learn and master. Children and adults who learn that mindful breathing helps  to calm them down, which in turn allows them to think more clearly and act in a reflective  manner, will be better able to regulate their emotions, reduce stress, and make better  decisions. In school, children have 3 core practice Brain Breaks a day. 

Learn how to take a Brain Break! 

1) Sit up tall, eyes down turned or closed 

2) Listen for the chime (if using one) 

3) Inhale through your nose and out your mouth 

4) Fill the lungs fully, extending the breath to your abdomen 

5) Focus your attention on your breath (this could be as little as 3 breaths!) 6) Notice thoughts, return your attention to your breath 

7) Listen for the chime a second time, and follow the resonant sound as long as you can

Family Activity Ideas – Teaching about the breath 

Ages 3-6 

Have your child lie down on the floor and have a bean bag/soft toy on  their stomach. Instruct them to quietly watch the object rise and fall  with their breath. 

Blow bubbles together and watch them fall to the ground. 

Use pinwheels to practice using your breath making them go fast or  slow. 

Ages 7-9 

Use the ‘smell the flowers, blow out the candle’ image to help children  develop the skill of focussing attention through breathing. 

Use a focussing tool like a glitter wand or liquid timer to help your  child practice mindful breathing, 

Ages 10-11

Cotton ball activity 

Each person has a cotton ball.  

Practice 1) blowing it past an object 

Practice 2) blowing it to hit a target  

Practice 3) practicing a gentle breath to push the cotton ball from the  middle of the palm of the hand to the fingertips without letting it fall. 

Further Reading/Resources - Why we do this at Lingfield Primary School

You Tube: Fight Flight Freeze – Anxiety Explained For Teens

Why we have anxiety; why the amygdala behaves as it does.

You Tube Clip: “Every Opportunity” by the Atlanta Speech School 

The difference we can make to a child's day - the power of positivity

Every Opportunity

You Tube Clip: “The Happy Secret to Better Work” TED talk by Shawn Achor 

Positive Psychology and what it does

You Tube Clip: “Neuroplasticity” by Sentis 

The brain is not set - we can train the brain!


You Tube clip: Rewiring the Anxious Brain - Neuroplasticity and the Anxiety Cycle Very interesting, how to help deal with anxiety

Further Reading/Resources - The Brain

Parents Mindset: 

The new Psychology of Success, Carol Dweck 

Children aged 4-6 

A Walk in the Rain with a Brain, Edward Hallowell 

Children aged 7-11 

Your Fantastic Elastic Brain, JoAnn Deak 

How does your brain work? Don Curry 

Further Reading/Resources - Routes to Mindfulness


Parenting from the Inside Out, Dan Siegal and Mary Hartzell 

Children aged 4-6 

Peaceful Piggy Meditation, Kerry Lee 

Cosmic Yoga, YouTube 

Children aged 7-11 

Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their  Parents), Eline Snell