BBC Radio Cornwall visited Pool Academy this week to record our new laughter workshop.
Presenter Naomi Kennedy arrived at 8am with her recording equipment to see exactly what goes on.
A select group of students agreed to start their day with a smile by taking part in the 20-minute session. They were encouraged to do some breathing exercises by bending low and stretching high whilst laughing. There were also some laughing games including ‘laughter shock’ which saw children tapping someone on the shoulder and then laughing out loud as if they had been given a ‘funny’ shock.
During the session the presenter from BBC Radio Cornwall recorded their laughter and filmed them on her iPhone.
Awen Taylor, Year 7, took part in the event. She told Naomi: “It felt a little weird as I’m not used to laughing that much. The laughter shock game was very funny.”
Another student said: “It was really fun and it woke me up.
“It was an extremely fun thing to do and lots more people should do it.”
Wilson Holbert, Year 8, said: “It will help me go into class. I have some energy now before I sit down in class.”
Teachers Sophie Stephens and Rachel Facey will be running the sessions twice a week for a selection of children. If successful they hope to roll it out to others at the school.
The sessions will start at 8.30am in the morning for 20 minutes with breathing and sound exercises.
Mrs Facey said laughing, whether forced or real, produces endorphins which makes people feel happier and more positive.