A huge thank you to all our parents and carers for their support over the last few months

A reminder that the last day of term for ALL children is Friday 10th July

We hope you have a safe holiday and look forward to seeing you all in September

Remember to keep an eye out for Parentmails as we will be sending out more information over the holidays

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Good news....... Good news...........Good news, we are opening for all year groups in September; we are so excited and looking forward to seeing all the children returning.........remember to keep an eye out for further information............... The last day of term for children including our key worker families, is Friday 10th July- The academy reopens 1st to 4th September..... and we say a very sad but fond farewell to all of our children, especially our year 6's. We wish you the very best of luck at your new schools and invite you back to see us at any time............ you will all be missed.
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Welcome to the Emotional Literacy Support page!



For those who I have not met before, I am Mrs Martin and I am the Emotional Literacy Support Assistant at Freemantle Academy.  My role in school is to support our children in relation to their emotional wellbeing.  The ELSA role was developed and is supported by Educational Psychologists in Southampton in 2000.  I receive regular training and supervision from Educational Psychologist's, to enable me to plan and deliver individualised support tailored to the needs of the children.  Children who are facing challenges in their emotional literacy are not able to fully engage in learning, so it is important that we support them because this supports their academic learning and their overall development.    


ELSA work is usually done one to one, however sometimes if we are working on friendship or social skills it is more appropriate to work in a small group.  The basis of ELSA work is building a relationship, to enable a calm, safe space to support and nurture emotional development.  Once this relationship is established new skills and strategies can be taught.  Amongst other things ELSA can help with self-esteem, anger, anxiety, friendship and social skills, Loss and bereavement.  ELSA work is not a quick 'fix', time is sometimes needed to learn and practice new skills.  


I hope this gives you a little overview of what ELSA is.  The aim of this page is to provide information on different areas of emotional literacy with ideas of things that you can do at home too, so please check back now and again to see what's new!