Nurture Group Curriculum
Our work is underpinned by the theory of Marjorie Boxall and Marion Bennathan on Nurture Groups, in that some children have missed out on key early experiences and need to experience some of the structure, routine and creativity similar to that of the foundation stage.
Nurture is about encouraging the development of a child in a safe, predictable and structured environment. Within our school we have two established Nurture Groups, Rainbow SEB in KS1 and Sunshine SEB in KS2. Our Nurture Groups follow a similar creative curriculum to the rest of the school but have the benefit of a smaller class size and more opportunities for 1:1 working.
Children attend for a maximum period of up to 3 terms for up to 5 afternoons a week. The child will spend every morning in their own class to maintain a sense of belonging and to ensure they are accessing the core subjects of Literacy and Numeracy, they may also return to class for part of an afternoon session to access Science and PE.
We offer support for a child’s social and emotional growth at the level that he/she is, rather than at the age appropriate way. The Nurture Group staff are qualified and experienced group leaders who work together closely as a team. They will not be asked to cover absent staff within the school, so therefore will always be available. However, if Nurture Group staff are absent a known member of staff to the children will take their place. Nurture Group staff will support their key children in class and on a 1:1 basis in the mornings.
We offer a similar creative curriculum as the rest of the school but it is delivered at a developmentally appropriate level, with emphasis placed on social and emotional development and communication and language development.
A broad and balanced curriculum is covered including Art, Drama, Literacy, Music, Science, Gardening, Cooking, and shared SEB topics across KS1 and KS2. We link our objectives to the National Curriculum. We aim to offer a curriculum which meets the different learning styles of our pupils, engages, motivates and inspires to learn!
On arrival we carry out daily welcome time. This is an opportunity to develop emotional literacy skills by saying how we are feeling that day and discussing any issues we may bring. The children develop listening and empathy skills and problem solve together around issues. We also discuss what we are going to be doing that day so the children feel prepared for what is ahead and there are no surprises.
Relaxation and Massage - We teach relaxation techniques in our sessions using guided visualisation and the “Massage in Schools” programme.
“The vision of the Massage In Schools Programme is that every child attending school experience positive and nurturing touch every day…everywhere in the world.”
We all listen to calming music and lie and relax.If we give or receive a massage, permission is always sought first.We are fully clothed and sitting up.This usually lasts for about 10 minutes and is on arms, back, head and hands. We follow a daily programme that the children a very familiar with.The benefits of touch are well documented and our policy on touch has been developed with due consideration of neuro-biological research and studies based on and around the positive impact of touch.
“If you have a child leaving school with high self esteem then the education system has achieved its greatest goal. The Massage in Schools programme helps with this objective.”
Roger Brown, OFSTED, 2005
At the end of each session we share a piece of toast or a snack. This time provides an important opportunity to build in vital learning opportunities; waiting, sharing, communication skills, choosing, taking turns, giving up for others, anticipating needs and tolerating frustrations. The food itself becomes less important as time goes on, but in its symbolic nature it remains an important routine for our children
Maths, literacy and reading skills are covered where appropriate cross curricular links can be made.
All sessions are consistent and predictable.