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Hello smiley


I hope you are all well, following government guidelines and are safe. 


You will find within Normandy's Home Learning PE section a plan for the week.This will be uploaded weekly and there might be more accompanying activities and ideas you enjoy that come with each plan.  


I encourage you all to be creative and to use the activities freely, doing them in various orders and making them work for you. It is all for you to maintain being physically active, aware about health and for having fun. 



Below I have attached links to websites such as the Association for Physical Education website which has 2 minute long videos for parents about teaching PE at home and delivering fun and easy to follow activities in this challenging time. These can also be watched and followed by the children. 


Also, BBC Bitesize. This is an educational website many of our students are familiar with. 


Keep checking in for updates!


Take Care and stay safe. We hope to see you soon.


Mr Reed laugh


19/5/2020 - Meditation


Hello all. I hope you are all well and are doing all you can to stay safe (social distancing, washing hands, general hygiene.) 


I came across this information and thought it would be useful. Read it through.


Meditation is a good tool to use to relax, energise and calm worrying thoughts. Worry leads to anxiety if you don't manage it and sometimes it is hard to do. Honestly, there are some things that have happened recently and are happening now to do with COVID19 that could lead some people to worry more and here is one thing you can do to manage it and feel better.


How to do meditate.


Time - Maximum is twice a day for 20 minutes each time, which is 40 minutes a day. Do it in morning before breakfast and  in the afternoon. Of course you can do it just once a day and for a shorter period. You can do it for as little time as you can manage and can build up to 20 minutes. Set a countdown stopwatch for whatever time you want to do. 


Lets keep things simple. To begin, start being mindful. 

1 - Sit down - Sit down with good posture, your hands on your knees and close your eyes.

2 - Breath - Breathing is super important. Don't force breathing, only pay attention to it. 

3 - Listen - Start listening. There are lots of sounds around you.

4 - Notice - Notice how your body feels. Focus on your hands and feet or arms and legs.

Do this all the while you are sitting there and when your mind starts to wonder with thoughts, questions, images, stories and so on, bring your attention back by using these four techniques. 

5 - Meditation - In time you will feel more relaxed and slip into a calmer state and this is meditation.  


Remember this - You have not failed at meditation if you can't stop your brain from thinking. The very act of sitting down and attempting to meditate means you have succeeded at meditating.


It is impossible to stop your brain from thinking. I heard a great quote the other day, "Your brain thinks involuntarily like your heart beats involuntarily." What that means is your brain is going to think no matter what, just like your heart beats no matter what. You can't stop your heart from beating because that's what is meant to do. It's the same with the brain, you can't stop it from doing what it is meant to do, which is to think. So let thoughts be and don't attach yourself to them. Let them come and go like a person walking by on the street. 


Meditation is a skill


The point of meditation is not to be good at meditation. It's not a sporting activity. The point is to use it to be better at living. It is to be used as a tool to relax, energise, and focus. Remember, don't try not to think, that's impossible. Just follow the steps I have given and when you are done get on with your day, you will probably find that things are easier because you sat and did nothing for 20 minutes lol 


PS - teachers, musicians, prime ministers, doctors, writers, presidents, bankers, actors, athletes, painters and more are people that meditate. If you want, research people who meditate. You will be surprised.


Mr Reed









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