Activity Introduction

succulent3-heroQuick summary: In this series of 2 minute activities, students will develop body awareness through a variety of mindful practices, including crouching, standing, shape-making, breathing and balancing. In each activity, students will be asked to take a moment and notice how their bodies feel. They will also consider how they are feeling emotionally, what they are thinking and any other things their body is sensing. Through these practices, students will develop their natural awareness, improve their concentration and become more mindful in their daily lives.  

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Learning goals:

  • To develop natural body awareness.
  • To create enhanced focus and improved concentration.
  • To develop self-knowledge, empathy, emotional regulation and resilience.
  • To cultivate present moment awareness so that calm, considered and conscious choices can begin to replace impulsive, unconscious reactions.

General capabilities: Personal and Social Capability.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2.

Australian Curriculum content description: These activities can be used with all subject areas to enable deep focus and engagement within students; however, the following curriculum links directly relate to these activities.

Foundation Health and Physical Education

  • Identify and describe emotional responses people may experience in different situations (ACPPS005)
  • Identify actions that promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS006)

Year 1 & 2 Health and Physical Education

  • Identify and practise emotional responses that account for own and others’ feelings (ACPPS020)
  • Explore actions that help make the classroom a healthy, safe and active place (ACPPS022)

Year 3 & 4 Health and Physical Education

  • Explore strategies to manage physical, social and emotional change (ACPPS034) 
  • Identify and practise strategies to promote health, safety and well being (ACPPS036)

Year 5 & 6 Health and Physical Education

  • Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and well being (ACPPS054)
  • Examine the influence of emotional responses on behaviour and relationships (ACPPS056)
  • Investigate the role of preventive health in promoting and maintaining health, safety and well being for individuals and their communities (ACPPS058)
  • Explore how participation in outdoor activities supports personal and community health and well being and creates connections to the natural and built environment (ACPPS059)

Syllabus OutcomesIRS3.11, ALS3.6, COS1.1, COS3.1, SLS1.13, SLS2.13, SLS3.13, INS1.3, INS3.3, IRS1.11, GDS2.9, PHS2.12, PHS3.12.

Topic: Nature of Mindfulness.

Time required: 2 minutes for each activity – these activities have been designed to ‘punctuate’ the day. You can use them before class, during class or at the end of class.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – lead students in mindfulness activities.

Resources required:  These resources are optional extras: Audio recording: The Nature of Mindfulness: Mindful Wave Breathing, calm music (if desired) such as Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Saint-Saens’ Aquarium, Ken Davis’ Early Morning in the Rain Forest, etc.

Keywords: mindfulness, nature, focus, concentration, attention, well being, health, happiness, resilience, Artology.

The curriculum writer: Janet Etty-Leal is a highly experienced educator who designs mindfulness programs within schools. Find out more about Janet by checking out her website.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

succulent2-heroTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal:

The aim of these 2 minute activities is to create ‘first hand’ experiences for children to connect with nature - and feel part of it! Students are given opportunities to cultivate present moment awareness via natural metaphors, examples and activities, and to ‘sow seeds’ for personal discoveries and growth. In time, mindfulness becomes a way of life, as calm and considered choices can begin to replace impulsive, unconscious reactions.

Teacher’s background information:

Video: Mindfulness in Schools: Richard Burnett (

The benefits of mindfulness
We are a culture increasingly becoming addicted to instant communication and ever-changing technologies. While technologies such as mobile phones bring wonderful opportunities, children are spending more and more time being passively engaged in these technologies rather than actively engaging in the world around them. This includes the natural world and our enviro

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