Some children find it more difficult than others to meet the demands of school life and to flourish there. Willow Class is a Nurture Group which aims to meet the needs of such children by providing a bridge between school and home. It is a small group of around 8 children from KS1, who learn with their class 2 days per week and spend the rest of the week in our nurture room. Willow Class supports its pupils to meet the social and academic needs of school life, improving their confidence and self-esteem through a carefully planned curriculum.
Ms Davies (teacher) and Miss Molloy (teaching assistant) work together modelling good relationships and planning and delivering an appropriate curriculum alongside the class teacher. They have both been trained by The Nurture Group Network and have years of experience working with a variety of children. When the pupils spend time in their classes, a member of staff accompanies them and supports them to apply what they have learned in Willow Class.
Children in Willow Class enjoy lots of practical activities, rich in speaking and listening opportunities. Numeracy and literacy are planned through close consultation with the class teacher and speech and language therapist. Children are supported to work at their own levels and to revisit any gaps in their learning, if this is what they need. Teaching takes place in small groups or 1-1 and we also continue to learn through play. Social and emotional needs are met by therapeutic activities such as circle times and mindfulness, and through developing positive relationships with adults and other children in the room. We also value the role of parents in their children's school lives and hope that they will feel welcome to come and spend time with their sons and daughters in Willow Class.
What parents say:
"I love it here! It's the best thing they could have done for my son! When he's in here he can be himself!"
What teachers say:
"He now has a good platform to work from and is more confident to have a go!"
What pupils say:
"I learnt to read!"
"School used to be a zero, but now it's a ten!"