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.
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 germs in school. The children have set up a science experiment to find out which places in school have the most germs. From our science experiment we found out that our hands hold the most germs and have been looking at how easily germs can be spread from person to person.
Next term the children will be using their knowledge of hand washing and applying this in food hygiene. The children will be exploring cooking, keeping the kitchen clean and tidy and looking at cross contamination. We look forward to sharing lots if tasty treats.
We will also be studying the artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo and exploring feelings and emotions.
Key Stage 1
This term the children have been looking at the Royal mail and know how to send a letter in the post. the children have gained lots of knowledge and are currently trying to 'solve the mystery' to help the postal workers so they no longer have wet letters.