At Hendal Primary School we pride ourselves on providing a Nurtured Approach for all of our children. We have a bright and well resourced nurture room which is run by Mrs Knowles (SENDCO), Miss Walsh (Learning Mentor) and Miss Jackson (Pupil Support Mentor). Throughout the day there are interventions taking place for identified children. Parents will be informed if their child is taking part in an intervention and can receive feedback about their progress on parents evening and also termly meetings with parents. Parents are invited to visit the Nurture Room and discuss their child’s progress and also for discussions on how school can best support your child.
The Six Principles of Nurture are:
1. Children’s learning is understood developmentally
2. The classroom offers a safe base
3. The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing
4. Language is a vital means of communication
5. All behaviour is communication
6. The importance of transition in children’s lives
At Hendal Primary School we work closely with parents and external agencies to provide a wide variety of interventions. The interventions can take part as a small group or can be targeted to individual pupils following programmes provided by external agencies. The Learning Mentor and Behaviour Support worker carry out assessments to ensure they plan, do and review children’s progress over time. They also work closely to ensure the interventions support the academic and emotional development of children when in their classroom.
- The interventions that take place include:
- Talk About– An intervention aimed at primary school children for developing self-awareness and self-esteem. It also promotes children’s communication interaction through group activities.
- Lego Therapy– Social development programme for young people with social communication difficulties. It focuses on working as a team, developing team working skills, cooperating, social and communication interaction and the development of language skills.
- Teadorescu– A programme for the development of fine motor skills to promote handwriting. Beneficial for children with visual perception problems.
- Fit To Learn– A programme for developing fine and gross motor skills to support children with motor coordination difficulties.
- Specific Learning Programme– A programme to help with handwriting, spelling and English language.
- Zones of Regulation– An intervention to support the development of strategies for children to be able to use to help control and regulate their emotions.
- Self Esteem– Groups to promote children’s self-esteem and confidence to develop their engagement within their classroom, work and peers.
- Mindfulness for children – The purpose of teaching mindfulness to our children is to give them skills to develop their awareness of their inner and outer experiences, when we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
- Meditation for children– using breathing techniques to promote a state of calm whilst developing children’s own emotional control which then impacts on themselves and others.