Benefits to the school
Proposal in detail
Units of Study
Units of study PDHPE K–10
To make a difference and lasting impact to promote happy hearts, calm minds, healthy
bodies, growth mindsets, emotional resilience & self awareness for positive mental health.
In a world where electronics rule behaviour, disconnection and mental health issues are a
rising problem, our next generation needs to build the muscle of awareness, to know how to
slow down, calm the mind, be present and not judge.
LITTLE BIG WARRIOR has created a school-based program, mindful
movement to introduce students to the benefits of MOVEMENT,
MINDFULNESS & MINDSET helping to create calm, focused and emotionally
The programs are for students from K - Yr 6 and Yr 7-12 and are inclusive of
all abilities, including those with additional needs.
The programs are non-spiritual to accommodate students of all backgrounds
Mindful Movement is popular among students because virtually anyone can do
it. The exercises are adaptable to all fitness levels and participants concentrate
on their own practice. The focus is on personal growth, not in comparison to
Mindful movement exercises are a proven positive outlet for children with
additional needs too.
One of the objectives of the PE program is to provide students with lifelong
fitness skills and help them establish healthy fitness goals, and our mindful
movement program accomplishes both. Once students experience the benefits
our program has, they can continue to practice it on their own for the rest of
For those students that are inactive or tend to sit on the side lines in a regular
PE class, our mindful movement program offers an alternative that is non-
judgmental and focuses on self-awareness and individualised development. It
gives students an alternative, while still meeting the state standards for PE.
Through the practice of mindful movement students will experience physical,
mental and emotional benefits.
Physical – Healthy Bodies
• Builds strength in muscles and bones
• Increases flexibility and increase mobility of joints
• Assist with good organ functionality
• Improves posture
• Develops mind-body awareness and relaxation
• Develops proper breathing techniques
• Improves stability and balance
• Helps prevent injury
• Equalises energy
• Improves sleeping patterns
Mental – Calm Minds
• Helps with stress management by providing
techniques for redirecting thoughts and calming
the nervous system
• Teaches decision making
• Boost and improves concentration.
• Boosts levels of attention and focus;
• Teaches respect for self and others
• Develops a healthy body image
• Cultivates an appreciation for what the body can
• Provides a healthy way to take risks and explore
what one’s body can do
Emotional – Happy Hearts
• Reduce levels of stress, anxiety, and depression;
• Develops compassion with focus on the qualities of
kindness and non-violence
• Cultivates an interconnectedness between self,
others and the natural world
• Promotes awareness of emotional connections to
others and the world
• Manage Emotions
• Reduce negative behaviour such as anger and
• Encourages self-trust and valuing one’s voice
• Boost happiness levels;
• Harmonising and balancing effect.
BENEFITS TO THE
• A fully set up turn-key program that is
designed, implemented and run by Little Big
• A calming, relaxing impact on the community
of the school;
• A well-rounded educational experience
benefiting the entire student body mentally,
physically, and emotionally;
• Our program fulfils on the requirements of the
Health and Physical Education curriculum.
Benefits of Mindful Movement in the School Setting
Anti-bullying, health and wellness, and character education are common themes in Australian
schools today, all focusing on educating the whole child, mind, body and emotion.
The following are some (not all) of the benefits of our mindful movement program, that supports the
education of the whole child, thus maximising the learning process:
Provides students healthy ways to express and balance their emotions;
Promotes a more relaxed, comfortable state of being – the perfect state for teaching and
Encourages community and connectedness within the classroom;
Helps to create an atmosphere of confidence, enthusiasm and non-competitiveness where
everyone can succeed;
Eases anxiety and tension (such as pre-test or performance jitters);
Enhances focus, concentration, comprehension and memory;
Supports social and emotional learning;
Improves posture, assisting students to sit comfortably for long periods;
Enhances motor skills and balance;
Improves mind/body awareness and connection;
Improves confidence and self-esteem;
Creates a calm, harmonious and HAPPY classroom.
Those schools that have adapted mindful
movement as a PE subject have noticed
that some students respond more
positively to it because of its non-
competitive nature and the focus on
kindness and compassion have clearly
affected the culture of the entire building.
Students will experience a fulfilling, yet
challenging course that will focus on awareness
of the mind- body- emotion connection.
They will learn proper breathing techniques,
hold exercises, stability, agility, mindful
exercises and emotional recognition.
Students will also practice visualisation, calming
and self-talk techniques that can be used in
every day life for the rest of their lives.
PROPOSAL IN DETAIL
Programs can be created to align with the school
curriculum, values systems or as a stand-alone
key learning area.
Basic poses & exercises to promote healthy
bodies and mind.
Mindful exercises to promote healthy hormones
and organ function
Mindful exercises to promote good digestion &
reduce colds and flu
Build a solid foundation for friendships, trust and
Mindset and mindfulness activities
UNITS OF STUDY
Early Stage 1
Early Stage 1
PDe-1 to Pde-8 PD1-4 to PD5-8 PDe-9 to Pde-11 PD1-9 to PD5-11
Demonstrate an understanding of strategies that promote
a sense of personal identity and build resilience and
Understand the significance of contextual factors that
influence health, safety, wellbeing and participation in
• Develop and use self-management skills that enable them to take
personal responsibility for their actions and emotions and take
positive action to protect and enhance the health, safety and
wellbeing of others
• Demonstrate an understanding of movement skills,
concepts and strategies to respond confidently,
competently and creatively in a variety of physical activity
• Enact and strengthen health, safety, wellbeing and
participation in physical activity
• Develop interpersonal skills that enable them to interact effectively
and respectfully with others, build and maintain respectful
relationships and advocate for their own and others’ health, safety,
wellbeing and participation in physical activity.
• Move with confidence, competence and creativity within and across
various physical activity contexts
UNITS OF STUDY PDHPE K–10 (YEAR 11-12)
Awareness of thoughts
Stress & Anxiety
Healthy Organs eg digestion
Self-Worth and Confidence building
Letting go of worries
Friendships and Support network
Empowerment and leadership skills
Tailored to school values and
PDHPE CLASS OR OPTION FOR SPORT
BEFORE OR AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMS OR WORKSHOPS
1 in 7 young Australians experiences some
form of mental health condition or illness.
They include depression, anxiety, self harm
and eating disorders, and are often a direct
response to what is happening in their lives.
Alarmingly, however, 70% of children and
young people who experience a mental
health problem have not had appropriate
interventions at a sufficiently early age. The
emotional well-being of children is just as
important as their physical health. Good
mental health allows children and young
people to develop the resilience to cope
with whatever life throws at them and grow
into well-rounded, healthy adults.
Most children grow up mentally healthy, but
surveys suggest that more children and
young people have problems with their
mental health today than 30 years ago.
That’s probably because of changes in the
way we live now and how that affects the
experience of growing up.
Suicide is the
Research has shown that when children practice meditation on a
regular basis, it can change the brain.
There is neuroplasticity. What this means is that our brains are not
as fixed as once thought.
Through meditation, brain centres for emotions and executive
functioning can be changed and help children in a variety of ways.
It can also help children regulate their emotions, thereby having
fewer meltdowns, reduce their impulsivity and improve
concentration and focus.
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