Wellbeing and Pastoral Support at Thorngumbald Primary School
Very often there are issues that children may face that could hinder their learning.
The Rainbow room is there to support these children in dealing with different situations.
Mrs Hutchins is trained in emotional well-being and therapeutic interventions.
The Rainbow room is a welcoming and safe place where children and adults can talk in confidence with friendly and supportive members of staff. This also helps the children to develop their maturity and resilience. The Rainbow room is a place of learning.
The philosophy of the Rainbow room is drawn from the principles established by the work from Marjorie Boxall and others, and exemplified by ‘The Nurture Group Network’ (www.nurturegroup.org)
The Nurture Group Principles:
- Children’s learning is understood developmentally
- The classroom offers a safe base
- All behaviour is communication
- The importance of transition in children’s lives
- Has small adult/child ratio, and provides lots of opportunities for speaking and listening activities
- Builds a child’s self-esteem and confidence
- Builds skills for classroom learning
- Language is a vital means of communication
Before children attend nurture provision parents are informed by letter and requested to sign a permission slip.
Children may attend sessions in the Nurture Group for specific reasons, for example:
- Friendship difficulties – keeping/making friends
- Quiet, shy, withdrawn
- Find it hard to listen to others or join in
- Disruptive towards others
- Find it hard to share and take turns
- A special educational need e.g. Autism
- Find it a bit difficult to settle into class
- Low self esteem
- Poor relationships with adults in school
- Family illness or break-up
Nurture Group will boost confidence and self-esteem and provide children with the extra help sometimes needed to improve social skills and independence for example:
- To join in
- To settle
- To listen and concentrate
- To share and take turns
- To build up friendships with their classmates
- It gives them a chance and helps to encourage a more positive profile among their peers and members of staff.
- Helps children manage situations and increase their skills to become more successful learners.
Children attend the Rainbow room once a week and we ensure that they do not miss special assemblies, guests in school, outings or anything else that may be different from the normal routine of the week. Children will attend the nurture sessions for as long as the intervention is appropriate.
Drawing and Talking
This is a therapeutic one to one session which allows the child to access their feelings through drawing. A conversation then takes place about what has been drawn. This is child lead.
Lego Build to Express
This encourages pupils to express their thoughts and ideas symbolically, a more playful, creative and hands-on method to engage pupils. The method encourages a secure non-judgemental process of solving problems and express feelings while breaking down barriers.