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We would like to say that we are so proud of all of our pupils and their resilience and attitude in what has been a difficult year and a half, thanks you wonderful children you are FAB. A special mention to the year 6 pupils who leave us today; we sincerely wish you the very best as you move to secondary school, but offer an open invitation if any of you would like to come and see us in the future......... keep us informed of how things are going. Stay safe over the summer period and we look forward to seeing everone back on Thursday 2nd September- bright eyed and bushy tailed. .................. please keep an eye out for parentmails during the summer break as there is lots to share with you all........................Let us hope that next year is 'normal' and that we can enjoy being together in class and in school. Thanks to all the parents that have worked so hard to help their children through lockdowns, both academically and emotionally...........we know how difficult it was. Stay safe!
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Freemantle

Church of England Community Academy Trust

What is Nurture group?

What is Nurture group?

 

Nurture group is a group of up to 10 children who receive additional support within the mainstream school.  It supports pupils to develop their social and emotional skills.  Which will impact positively on their academic achievement.  Children attend Nurture group 4 afternoons a week, for up to 4 terms, supported by 2 Nurture practitioners.  

 

What we do in Nurture group

 

  • Encourage communication and language skills by providing opportunities to share experiences.
  • Develop Emotional Literacy skills, which build confidence, self-esteem and social skills such as sharing and turn taking. 
  • Provide routines and boundaries in a "home from home" style classroom.
  • Build trusting relationships.
  • Work in partnership with the teachers to provide consistency between the classroom and Nurture group. 

 

A typical afternoon in Nurture group

 

  • Children indicate how they are feeling on the emotional register.
  • Talk time/sharing news.
  • Structured play, which includes role play, craft activities, small world, puzzles and games. 
  • Review of what we have been doing.
  • Snack time, prepared by the children.
  • Adult led activity.  Structured learning activity.
  • Review of our goals

 

What difference do Nurture groups make?

 

Nurture groups are recognised by the Government and Ofsted as providing an important opportunity for children to develop;

 

  • Self esteem.
  • Positive relationships with adults and peers.
  • Learning skills.

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Freemantle has had a Nurture group since 2009 and we have found it to be very beneficial for the children.  Supporting a child's social and emotional needs builds the necessary foundations to enable them to achieve academically.  

 

Parents have commented that they have seen positive changes in their children's self esteem, communication and listening skills, confidence, sharing and taking turns. 

 

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