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Scheme of Work


Pupils learn about mindfulness and body awareness. They begin to learn yoga poses and techniques that will help them to connect their mind and body. The unit looks to improve well being by building strength, flexibility and balance. The learning includes breathing and meditation taught through fun and engaging activities.

This scheme lends itself to developing the following personal & social whole child objectives:

Pupils will be given the opportunity to work COLLABORATIVELY with others, develop CONFIDENCE & COMPETENCE when performing techniques. They will demonstrate CONTROL in their behaviour to create a safe environment for themselves and others to work in.

Key Skills

  • Breathing
  • Meditation
  • Relaxation
  • Balance
  • Flexibility
  • Strength

Learning Objective

LESSON 1 To develop controlled movement and flexibility.
To develop an understanding of yoga.
LESSON 2 To show control when copying and repeating yoga poses.
LESSON 3 To develop strength and co-ordination in yoga poses.
LESSON 4 To show control and technique in pair yoga.
LESSON 5 To show balance, control and co-ordination in yoga poses.
LESSON 6 To show control in an animal flow.
LESSON 7 To copy and repeat a Summer flow showing control and co-ordination.
LESSON 8 I can copy a yoga flow, changing my breath to match the poses.

Assessment Criteria

Year 1
I can remember and repeat actions.
I can make clear contrasting shapes with my body.
I can show an awareness of space when travelling.
I can link simple poses together.
I can recognise changes in my body when I do exercise.
I am aware of my breath and can feel it move in my body.
Year 2
I can copy, remember and repeat yoga flows.
I can create and repeat simple flow sequences with control.
I can use clear shapes when performing poses.
I can move in time with my breath.
I can describe how my body feels during exercise.

Links to the National Curriculum

Learning vocabulary – meditation, mindfulness, well being, posture, flexibility
Listening to and following instructions.
Communicating with others.
Reading resource cards.
Creating shapes with their body.
Counting for breathing and poses.
Matching a partner.

Health and Safety

Pupils must remove shoes and socks.
Remind pupils that they can stop and rest at any time and not to do anything that doesn’t feel comfortable.