Movement Sensory & Brain Breaks to Support Learning in Primary School

Course Overview

This new and innovative course will highlight and discuss the neuroscience behind why movement, sensory, brain breaks and drama games need to be an integral part of the school day. The information provided will enhance teaching and learning in the classroom and provide knowledge of how breaks can enable children to maintain focus, integrate learning across both of the brain's hemispheres, decrease challenging behaviour, build relationships and avoid feelings of overwhelm.

Participants will gain an in-depth insight into the difference between movement, sensory and brain breaks and be provided with a bank of resources to bring with them into the new academic year. Each module is motivating, relevant and child-centred and designed specifically with the constraints of classroom life in mind.

This experiential, reflective course is inclusive and suitable for ALL class levels including SEN. It is fun and exciting and packed with ideas, tools, actionable resources and strategies, that will empower your own teaching and learning.

learning outcomes

  • Participants will obtain basic knowledge on the underpinning neuroscience behind reaching the learning brain & why breaks should be an integral part of classroom life.
  • Participants will be learn about a variety of simple and effective ways to increase attendance in learning and will be given a bank of resources to utilise in the new academic year.
  • Enhance knowledge of the importance of movement, sensory & brain breaks to encourage class cohesion, enhance social and emotional skills, which will lead to children flourishing in the classroom environment.
  • Participants will critically reflect on their current practice and plan to incorporate change in their teaching methodologies in the new academic year.

About the Author

Debbie Cullinane

Debbie Cullinane is mother of 2 & qualified Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist and play therapist. She is a former primary teacher (AP11 post) & an experienced training facilitator for teachers/SNAs. Debbie is play therapy partner with Smyths Toys & works with childhood cancer charities.

Course Access & Certification

This course runs from Monday 3rd July - Friday 18th August.

Registration is now open and the last date for registration is Wednesday 16th August.

Access to the course closes at 5pm on 18th August for all participants.


This course is approved for E.P.V. certification by the Department of Education

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