Programme Delivery Guide
This delivery guide is to support Health Mentors with the effective implementation of the neurocognitive development programme for Year 5 students in South London schools during 2022.
Unlike other courses hosted on this platform, this course has not been designed for you. Instead, the content is to be shared with the students you are working with using the classroom computer and smartscreen or interactive whiteboard.
The “Materials” tab above will take you to resources shared during the associated training event on 20 and 21 December 2021.
To improve the brain health and associated cognitive performance of students.
The lessons are found at the bottom of this page or you can go directly to the relevant term using the links below.
It will help you keep track of which lessons you have completed by pressing the “Mark Complete” button at the end of each lesson.
The following data will be collected throughout the programme to assess its effectiveness:
- Wellbeing Compass
- CNSVS Neurocognitive Assessments
- School attendance, behaviour and academic data
- Feedback from students and teachers
Neuro Lesson Structure
The neurocognitive development programme has been designed to deliver the best outcomes given the daily 30 to 40 minute time constraint. Previous iterations of the programme have been piloted and these results have informed this version.
Each lessons contains the following three components that must be delivered in the following order:
Students follow movements shown on screen using child actors from participating schools
- This part of the activity is designed to be fun so students look forward to working with you
- The state of student arousal is essential for brain development and these movements will release the epinephrine that is needed later in the lesson (NB Ensure that students are not too excited or over-aroused as a result of this activity)
- Performing novel movements that challenge students’ ability to balance primes the nervous system for learning and development
Note that the above rationale could be used to explain the importance of this lesson element to teachers and parents. Your description may need to be simplified for students.
- Health and safety comes first so ensure that there is enough space behind chairs and students are focussed
- Engagement and time restrictions are more important than correcting technical movement errors
- Before playing each video, challenge students to copy the movements on screen as precisely as possible
- You need to perform the movements as well to model good form and encourage participation
- Praising individual students for their effort and precision will release dopamine that will help in the short and long term
- Be disciplined with the 5 minute time allocation
Neuro Education Lesson Types
Neuro Movement and Neurocognitive Training components are more straightforward than Neuro Education. The content and format of these two components is consistent and requires less instruction. This additional guidance will support the second part of each lesson that will require more planning and preparation.
Neuro Education lessons within this course will fall into one of the following five daily categories. Click on the icons below for further information.
Weekly Check-In Mondays
Brain Science Tuesdays
Training Exercises Wednesdays
Healthy Brains Fridays
Additional Neuro Education Guidance
- Different lessons are needed for Sessions 1 and 60 to open and close the programme
- You need to decide which lessons should be prioritised in the face of changes to the school timetable
- Where lessons may need to be cut short, the 20 minute neurocognitive training component should take priority
Enhancing Your Cognitive Impact
You should focus your after school club activity to Year 5 students involved in the programme. In particular, the right kind of physical activity club that will enhance their cognitive performance and executive functions.
The APS programme contains 12 lessons and provides the challenge and stimulation that will complement the cognitive development they are experiencing within their neuro lessons.
- Active Learning
- Physical Engagement
- Social Development
Encourage all Year 5 students to complete all 12 weeks of the APS course, ideally during the same term as their neurocognitive development programme. Delivery models to be repeated each term for both Y5 classes could include:
Six Week Programme
- Mondays and Fridays (15 students)
Twelve Week Programme
- Tuesdays (15 students) and Thursdays (15 students)