“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

Anne Frank

Our modern world is now faster, more efficient and technologically advanced than ever before which boasts great benefits to our younger generation. However it also seems more stressful, distracted and busy and our children are particularly susceptible to these influences. As an experienced primary school teacher, I saw first-hand both the positive and all too often negative effects of our developing world on young people. With 3 students in every classroom experiencing some kind of mental health issue, it is growing more and more evident that we need new skills and awareness to deal with such an environment.

At Calm Skies we believe a pre-emptive approach will reap the most benefits. With the aim to provide educational settings with regular fun and engaging yoga and mindfulness sessions, we hope to arm young people with the tools and techniques to support their well-being.

About Me

About Me

Hi, I’m Carly, primary school teacher, yoga instructor, mindfulness teacher and general wellness enthusiast. I wish to create opportunities and experiences that allow our next generation to grow into independent, responsible adults who can flourish in our ever-changing world. To equip them with the skills and techniques to take away and use daily in order to make informed choices and live a more fulfilled life. I am sure this is a dream we all share.

As a society we are changing. We are making huge leaps into the unknown with incredible technological advances that allow us to move at a rapid pace, we are more informed than ever before, can connect with corners of the world we would never have thought possible and now have more choices about everything and anything (Mocha? Latte? Americano? Espresso? Cappuccino? Cold Brew? To name a few.). Whilst this creates huge benefits for us, it also means we need to adapt in order to reap these advantages.

During my 13 years as a primary school teacher this aim was my daily motivation. I had huge opportunities to work with my students in many different roles, from motivator, mentor, care giver, advisor, listener, leader, participant, coach, instructor, educator the list goes on. Within each level of responsibility, I witnessed both heart-warming and profound moments alongside frustrating and tough periods. For each hard experience I was sure there was something more I could offer these students. Something that could provide them with the tools to fall back on and make better choices. Through self-reflection, personal experience and scientific evidence, I took the opportunity to create various individualised programs that aim to provide students with fun and engaging NC and EYFS linked activities and experiences that equip them with exactly that.

We know that when we are happy, we remember things, we enjoy experiences, we focus more, we are open to opportunities, we have better sleep patterns and we are generally more motivated. In order for young people to gain the most from their school and childhood experience, both academically, socially and personally, I believe a pre-emptive approach to wellness through consistent mind and body development should be adopted. By coming into educational settings and providing regular wellness programs that may involve yoga, mindfulness, songs, creativity, humour and reflection will allow young people to adopt healthy habits naturally which in turn has a positive knock on effect to their outlook, behaviour and success both now and in the future.

Please feel free to contact me with regards to coming in and talking through the programs in more detail. Feel free to download the Calm Skies Schools Information Leaflet that provides a general overview of what Calm Skies can do for your school today.

Hi, I’m Carly, primary school teacher, yoga instructor, mindfulness teacher and general wellness enthusiast. I wish to create opportunities and experiences that allow our next generation to grow into independent, responsible adults who can flourish in our ever-changing world. To equip them with the skills and techniques to take away and use daily in order to make informed choices and live a more fulfilled life. I am sure this is a dream we all share.

 

During my 13 years as a primary school teacher, I witnessed both heart-warming and profound moments alongside frustrating and tough periods. For each hard experience I was sure there was something more I could offer these students. Something that could provide them with the tools to fall back on and make better choices. Through self-reflection, personal experience and scientific evidence, I took the opportunity to create various individualised programs that aim to provide students with fun and engaging NC and EYFS linked activities and experiences that equip them with exactly that.

 

Whilst our world evolves and develops at a rapid pace, we are gaining huge advantages however, it also means we need to adapt in order to reap these advantages. Using a pre-emptive approach, we come into educational settings and provide regular wellness programs that allow young people to adopt healthy habits naturally. This in turn has a positive knock-on effect to their outlook, behaviour and success both now and in the future.

 

Please feel free to contact me with regards to coming in and talking through the programs in more detail.

What we offer

What we offer

We offer schools a variety of packages involving 1 to 1s, small groups or whole classes. We can tailor programs to the needs of the individual school or create our own curriculum for you using current issues, trends, literature, music etc.

In-curriculum yoga lessons (3-12 year olds)

In-curriculum mindfulness lessons (6/12-week options for 7-16 year olds)

1:1 yoga and/or mindfulness sessions

Small group yoga and/or mindfulness sessions

Before, during and after-school clubs

One-off events such as Well-being Weeks, assemblies, fayres, sponsored events, Healthy Choices Days, P.E. Days etc.

We also offer an optional measure of impact of the classroom based mindfulness and certificates, stickers and potentially a small display for the Yoga Adventures sessions too.

Yoga (3-11 years old)

 

  • Personalised yoga stories depending on your needs.
  • Yoga program linking to current literature and films as well as general relevant themes.
  • In the safety and familiarity of their school or setting, children go on wild and wonderful journeys as the heroes in their own adventure – and build their strength, balance and confidence in the process.
  • Classes are inclusive and offer a complete form of physical exercise in a safe and non-competitive environment.

Mindfulness (3-16 years old)

 

  • Paws b mindfulness curriculum for 7-11 year olds
  • .b mindfulness curriculum for 11-16 year olds
  • The classroom-based mindfulness sessions are taught with striking visuals, film clips and activities that bring mindfulness to life without losing the expertise and integrity of classic mindfulness teaching.
  • In addition, all of the yoga sessions incorporate both formal and informal mindfulness practices throughout.

EYFS

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EYFS Links 

  • Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
  • Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
  • Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
  • Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
  • Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

National Curriculum Links 

Key stage 1 – P.E.

  • Develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others.
  • Master basic as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • Perform dances using simple movement patterns.

 

Key stage 2 – P.E.

  • Continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating and collaborating with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
  • Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance, perform dances using a range of movement.

 

KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 – PSHE

  • Relationships, healthy lifestyle, physical activity, body image, mental health, self-esteem, personal and emotional well-being.

EYFS

 

EYFS Links 

  • Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves, and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
  • Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
  • Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
  • Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
  • Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

National Curriculum

National Curriculum Links 

Key stage 1 – P.E.

  • Develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others.
  • Master basic as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • Perform dances using simple movement patterns.

 

Key stage 2 – P.E.

  • Continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating and collaborating with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
  • Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance, perform dances using a range of movement.

 

KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 – PSHE

  • Relationships, healthy lifestyle, physical activity, body image, mental health, self-esteem, personal and emotional well-being.

“Thank you so much for our workshops. The children were buzzing afterwards and were keen to show off their favourite poses from the session. It was so good to take some time to slow things down a bit after the usual busy-ness of the school day. We will certainly be adopting the ‘5 finger breathing’ technique in the classroom more. Thank you again and we do hope to see you again soon.

Hiltingbury Infant School

“Thank you for coming into Twiggs Lane Pre-School. The session was amazing and adapted well to the different groups of children. The adventure was great and we would love to see you again.”

Twiggs Lane Pre-School

Useful resources

Click here to download and print a quick view Calm Skies for Schools document to share with your school today.

Click here for an example Yoga Adventure session.

Click below for an outline of the two mindfulness programs we offer.

 

 

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of students practising yoga weekly showed a positive change in ability and focus.

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of students practising weekly yoga displayed a positive change in empathy and awareness.

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of students said they enjoyed Cosmic Kids Yoga sessions.

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showed a positive change in strength and balance.

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