Middle Street Primary School

Mind up

Mind Up is a comprehensive, classroom-tested, evidence-based curriculum framed around 15 easily implemented lessons that foster social and emotional awareness, enhance psychological well-being, and promote academic success. See the document below to find out more about Mind Up and how we follow the curriculum in our school.

What is MindUP?

MindUP is a programme of lessons and activities which every class does throughout the year to help children to:

  • learn better
  • understand their own emotions and feelings
  • be more positive and get on better with each other

Children take part in 9 MindUP lessons over the year, three lessons a term.

Every day children will do "Brain Breaks" in class.  "Brain Breaks" are deep breathing exercises which children do to help them calm down and prepare them for learning in lessons.

MindUP helps to make the classroom a happier and safer place for children. 

It reduces bullying and aggression and helps children to be more positive and understanding. 

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What is a “Brain Break”?

Pause.  Listen.  Breathe.  It can take less than a minute to tell our minds to relax and focus.

“Brain Breaks” are short listening and breathing exercises which children are taught to help them calm down and get ready to learn.

Once they have learnt the breathing exercise, they can use this themselves to stop, breathe and think before they act.  

How Our Brains Work


Amygdala (The Guard Dog)

Our amygdala keeps us safe by reacting quickly if we are in danger.  The amygdala is the emotional part of the brain.  When we are angry or upset, our amygdala can stop us from making sensible decisions.


Prefrontal Cortex or PFC (The Wise Owl)

Our PFC helps us to think, learn and make good choices. 


Hippocampus (Memory Saver)

Our hippocampus stores all our memories. When something happens to make us smile, our hippocampus will save that happy memory!