Here at Denbigh, we have recently embraced ‘Thrive’. Thrive is a specific way of working with all children that helps to develop their social and emotional well-being, enabling them to engage with life and learning. It supports them in becoming more self-assured, capable and adaptable.
The approach is done through whole school nurturing and whole class teaching. More specific targeted support is done through group work and 1:1 sessions in Nurture group.
Denbigh’s Nurture Group is managed by Mrs Kirsty Bird with assistance from Miss Laura Storey. The aim of our group is to provide a flexible and preventative resource which is responsive to the particular needs of the children attending our school. We support children emotionally and socially while encouraging good behaviour, enabling the child to access the curriculum and participate fully in school life.
We provide a secure and reliable environment where children can learn to behave appropriately, use their curiosity constructively, improve their self-esteem and develop confidence through close and trusting relationships with adults. For this to work effectively, we work in partnership with class teachers and parents to enable consistency of the approach, both at home and at school.
Our Nurture programme runs weekly throughout the school day. There are Nurture sessions, consisting of 1:1 sessions and group work. During the sessions the children do a range of activities which support crucial early developmental strands. Activities include playing games, listening and responding to stories, baking, arts and crafts, drama and looking after our school pets. The Invention Shed and Lego Dome are also used in group sessions.
All children who attend Nurture Group thoroughly enjoy their time with us and can’t wait until their next session, as do Miss Storey and I!
If you would like further detailed information regarding the Thrive Approach and the theories underpinning it – please click on the following link.
Mrs Kirsty Bird – Teacher and Nurture Lead