Welcome to Smarties
Smarties is our school Nurture Group.
The Key Stage 1 Nurture group is staffed by Miss Davies, Mrs Bridges and Miss Jones. The Nurture Group runs every morning.
In the afternoon we have a Super Smarties Nurture group. It is staffed by Miss Davies and Mrs Ellis. Super Smarties runs 4 afternoons a week Monday- Thursday. The Nurture group is aimed at Key Stage 2.
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.
KS1 Nurture group
Curriculum based learning activities will allow children to make progress towards their Early Learning Goals and Year 1 curriculum targets.
Once a fortnight the children will visit the local library in Woodrow Centre. The children will have the opportunity to listen and share a story.
Swimming this term will be every Wednesday please ensure your child has their kit in school.
P.E will take place on a Monday.
Every Thursday morning 8.45 - 10.00am we have Stay and Play, the parents are invited to join in with a range of activities.
KS2 Nurture group
These sessions are there to provide and allow your child to develop their social skills, enhance concentration, build relationships and boost their self-esteem. Your child will take part in confidence building activities to ensure a love for learning.
Every Thursday afternoon 2.00-3.00pm we have Stay and Play, the parents are invited to join in with a range of activities.
In Super Smarties we have been exploring space and the International Space Station. As a class we have been exploring the following questions;
What makes a good Astronaut?
Can anyone go to space?
What skills do we need to be an Astronaut?
Can you go to space if you have a disability?
What is it like on the International space station?
The children have enjoyed watching a range of video clips from Tim Peake from his time on the International Space station.
We have been exploring these questions with the help of the book wonder. This book looks in detail at a young boy that looks different to everyone else and his thoughts and feelings.
Super Smarties with be continuing with Wonder. They have produced some fantastic posters on the different types of bullying which are displayed around school. In the story Wonder we have been discussing the rights and wrongs of bullying and questioning is it ever right to bully? The children have been exploring the different forms of bullying which has been included in e-safety and how to resolve online bullying, making sure they are familiar with the numerous ways bullying can happen virtually.
Key Stage 1
This term the children have been exploring the local area. They have enjoyed looking around Woodrow centre and walking to the local Spider park.
The children have created their own map of a town.
One night, when every had gone to sleep something magical happened. A snowman appeared.
The children are a team looking after and keeping the snowman safe while he is in their town.
I wonder what the snowman will get up to?