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Scheme of Work


As in all units, pupils develop physical, social, emotional and thinking whole child objectives.

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 builds strength, flexibility and balance. The learning includes breathing and meditation taught through fun and engaging activities. Pupils will work independently and with others, sharing ideas and creating their own poses in response to a theme.

Key Skills

  • Physical: Breathing
  • Physical: Balance
  • Physical: Flexibility
  • Physical: Strength
  • Social: Working safely
  • Social: Sharing ideas
  • Social: Leadership
  • Emotional: Calmness
  • Emotional: Patience
  • Emotional: Understanding
  • Thinking: Selecting actions
  • Thinking: Creating poses
  • Thinking: Focus
  • Thinking: Providing feedback

Learning Objective

LESSON 1 To develop controlled movement and flexibility.
To develop an understanding of what yoga is.
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 when working with a partner to create poses.
LESSON 5 To show balance, control and co-ordination in yoga poses.
LESSON 6 To copy and create poses 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 recognise changes in my body when I do exercise.
I can remember and repeat actions, linking poses together.
I can say what I liked about someone else's flow.
I can show an awareness of space when travelling.
I can work with others to create poses.
Year 2
I am beginning to provide feedback using key words.
I can copy, remember and repeat yoga flows.
I can describe how my body feels during exercise.
I can move from one pose to another thinking about my breath.
I can use clear shapes when performing poses.
I can work with others to create simple flows showing some control.

Links to the National Curriculum

Learning vocabulary – mindfulness, wellbeing, 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.