In Year 5 we have been taking part in weekly Yoga lessons led by our teacher Annie and the wonderful Yoga Bears!
Did you know yoga can give children very important life skills that can help them succeed in the world?
Here are some of the benefits of practising yoga-
Yoga helps children manage any worries that they might have. The breathing exercises and relaxation techniques learned from practising yoga can help children with stress management. Teaching children how to reduce stress in a healthy way is an important life skill that will help them as children and as adults.
Yoga improves children’s emotional regulation. Another benefit of yoga for children is that it helps children learn to be in the present moment while relaxing and gaining a peaceful state of mind, which ultimately improves their emotional regulation.
Yoga boosts children’s self-esteem. Yoga for kids can do wonders for their self-esteem. Perfecting a pose or improving their balance and flexibility can give young children a sense of personal empowerment.
Yoga increases children’s body awareness and mindfulness. Going through a variety of yoga poses helps children learn about their bodies and the movements they’re capable of doing.
Yoga enhances children’s concentration and memory. One of the top benefits of kids’ yoga is that the different types of moves requires children to focus and work on their memorization skills—both of which can translate over into their academic performance.
Yoga develops children’s strength and flexibility. Yoga helps strengthen children’s growing bodies and helps them improve their flexibility, which can reduce their chance of injury.
Yoga teaches discipline and reduces impulsivity. Yoga provides a physical outlet for children to express themselves. It also teaches children about discipline as they work on clearing their minds and perfecting their poses.
In gymnastics this term, we have been practising and trying to perfect a variety of skills such as -
We have also been evaluating our performances to try and improve on our skills each week. We have even been involved with teaching and collaborating with our classmates to demonstrate skills and make improvements. Our gymnastics teacher has been very impressed with our progress!
In our music lessons, we have been learning how to play the ukulele. We have been practising how to play different songs and we are now able to play our instruments and sing at the same time which is hard to do! Also, we have extended our singing skills by singing the songs in two parts whilst playing the ukulele!
In science this term, we have been studying Forces. One of our investigations was to answer the following question-
How does the surface area of a piece of paper affect how quickly it falls?
We found out that the larger the surface area, the slower it falls and the smaller the surface area, the quicker it falls.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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