At Robert Kett Primary School, we aim to provide a flexible and holistic approach to education and care in response to the particular needs of the children attending our school. Nurture provides the foundations for successful learning, and is being developed through our Nurturing schools' programme. Our nurture sessions are underpinned by the six principles of Nurture Groups:
- Children’s learning is understood developmentally
- The classroom offers a safe base
- The importance of nurture for the development of self-esteem
- Language is a vital means of communication
- All behaviour is communication
- The importance of transition in children’s lives Introduction
Where children require additional/specialist nurture support above and beyond their mainstream class, there is a morning Nurture group, The Explorers (Year 1) and Pioneer groups (KS1/KS2).
The Nurture group at Robert Kett Primary School is currently supporting children in Year 1 during the mornings in a group known as The Explorers. The group consists of between approximately 8 children, led by an HLTA Nurture practitioner (qualified in ‘the theory and practice of nurture groups’).The children register with their own class and take part in phonics sessions before being collected to go to nurture room, a purposely designed classroom, offering a warm and inviting place where the children can feel safe and begin to build trust and relationships in a safe environment . Within nurture sessions, children work to develop their English and Maths skills in a nurturing environment alongside the development of their social and emotional skills. Children in Explorers also have the opportunity to take part in weekly forest school sessions.
Who Might Benefit from Explorers?
The are a number of reasons why a child might benefit from joining The Explorers Nurture group. These might include but are not limited to:
- Low self esteem/confidence
- Poor learning behaviours
- Difficulty sharing/taking turns
- Difficulty settling in class
- Transition from another school
- Bereavement / Trauma
- Friendship difficulties
How Long Might a Child Attend the Nurture Group?
A child may attend the nurture group for between 1 and 4 terms depending upon need. However, we ensure that the children remain an integral member of their mainstream class; returning for assemblies, playtime, lunch, school outings and for any special events or visitors.
Close links with parents/carers are encouraged and welcomed. The Nurture Lead, Kelly Lubbock is available before and after school to speak with parents/carers and special half termly events are planned to celebrate the achievements of the children and show parents/carers what the Explorers group does.
Assessment consists of:
- Regular discussions between the Nurture team and the class teachers
- Class teacher/TA observation
- Reports from other agencies
- Discussions with parents/carers
- Boxall profile questionnaires completed (by class teacher/TA)
We aim to integrate children back to their mainstream class at the earliest opportunity.
The Boxall profile is used to keep track of progress, alongside teacher observation and discussion.
Reintegration is tailored to each child’s individual needs. It takes place gradually, at the child’s pace working closely with the class teacher and parents/carers.
Pioneer groups are created around the needs of the children. These sessions take place in the nurture room and consist of between 6-8 children. Unlike Explorers, Pioneer groups often focus on specific needs such as:
- Friendship skills
- Social skills
- Building self esteem
- Anger management
- Understanding feelings
The format of the Pioneer sessions consist of a greeting, news sharing, and an activity based on the specific focus of the group.