Smarties is our school Nurture Group. It is staffed by Miss Davies, Mrs Bridges and Mrs Day. The Nurture Group runs every morning. The Nurture group is aimed at Key Stage 1, however there maybe exceptions made to this.
Smarties offers children, who are finding it difficult to access the curriculum, a chance to develop, explore and learn within a smaller, safe environment.
The Nurture classroom offers a home-like environment with a kitchen area, dining area and sofas. The children are given the opportunity to develop secure and trusting relationships with the adults in the Nurture group.
The 6 Principles of Nurture
1. Children's learning is understood developmentally.
2. Classroom offers a safe base.
3. The importance of nurture for the development of well-being.
4. Language is a vital means of communication.
5. All behaviour is communication.
6. The importance of transition in the lives of children.
What might we be doing in Smarties?
developing our understanding of emotions
exploring the world around us
developing new skills
working and talking together
curriculum based activities
building relationships with our parents
enjoying physical play and activities
develop confidence and experience success within a classroom environment
Children who would benefit from spending time in Smarties are first identified by class teachers. Following a Nurture Assessment and discussions with parents, staff and our Access and Inclusion Manager children may begin a placement in Smarties lasting up to 4 terms. The children return to their mainstream classes in the afternoons.
Curriculum based learning activities will allow children to make progress towards their Early Learning Goals and Year 1 curriculum targets.
Every Thursday morning the parents are invited to join in with activities this could include cooking, craft and curriculum activities.
Smarties have been out exploring the school garden and pond. The children are now proud owners of 11 tapdole. the children are very excited to see them change into frogs. the tadpoles are at week 5 and we are waiting for them to start to grow their back legs.
This term the children will be tidying, growing and planting in the school garden ready to release the frogs back into the school pond when they are big enough :)
In Smarties we love honey on toast but, where does it come from? How is honey made? The children are going to explore these questions as part of their Mantle of the Expert.