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My Lockdown Memories

As our lives are getting back to what is called the 'New Normal' I thought it would be fun
for you and your family to complete a poster of your thoughts and memories of 
lockdown.  You can print this as a giant poster and put it on a wall or somewhere that
your family will be able to see it, and it will remind you of the time spent together and all the things

you have achieved.

Maze Madness!

Many of us like a Maze.  Here's a fun activity that will make you feel relaxed and calm.  Remember
when you move your finger, try to slow your breathing down.  Most of all ENJOY and have FUN.

Bucket Full of Happiness

Think about what makes you happy, maybe your favourite ice cream, watching your best film for the 100th time, family, friends. 

See what you can come up with to fill the bucket.   

Have fun!

 

Kindness to Yourself Challenge

A 5 day challenge on being kind to yourself. 

Anyone at home can do this, have some you time and be kind to yourself.

Favourites Game

A fun game for all.   

You may find that you share some of the same interests with those at home.   

You might be able to think of some other topics that you can talk about, tell each other why they are your favourite. 

 

Fun Day Friday Questions

Wordsearch - Animals

 

Warm and Fuzzy Jar
When you do something well, try your best and achieve good things you get a warm feeling inside.  It makes you feel great about yourselves and helps you believe in yourself.   
 
Every time you have a proud moment you can pop a fuzzy sticker into the jar, It could be a tricky piece of home learning or tidying up your room.   
 
The Nurture Team would love to hear about these moments,  how many stickers can you get in your jar?
 
Get filling those jars up!

Nurture Activities to do at Home  

 
Hello St Kath's Children,
 
The Nurture Team would like to set you a challenge.
Using resources at home, in your garden or collected from a walk, we want you to get designing and creating pictures, models/collages or any other art form. We have sent you a list of resources that you could use but please do ask for permission.
  
Our first Junk Modelling challenge is NATURE.
Look at some of our ideas.  Get thinking and bring your innovative ideas to life. We know you have lots of great
ideas! You might want to think about Insects, Animals, Birds, Flowers, Trees, Weather or Landscapes. We've put a few ideas on the website to start you off.  ​If you can take a picture of your final creation, we would love to share it with everyone on our school website. GET THINKING, GET DESIGNING AND GET CREATIVE.
(Parents please send in pictures and give permission to be put on school website via school office email address. Thank you!)

 

 

Hi St Kath's Children,

 

We are sending you two activities that we hope you will enjoy.  The first resource is called Thoughts and Feelings and it explains in a simple and lovely way about Coronavirus.  There are then lots of different activities for you to do.  Feel free to browse through with an adult and try some.

 

Later this week, we will be posting a Lockdown Diary for you to have a look at.  It has such a lot of great ideas to get you thinking about your time at home. It will be a fantastic memento to have in years to come to remind you what happened around  the world, how we all stayed at home and helped fight the battle against Coronavirus. 

 

Have a good look at all the activities and pick and choose which pages you would like to complete.

Most of all enjoy and we would love to see some of your ideas and feelings.

Photo Challenge 2   

 

These fun challenges can help motivate both you and the grown ups at home. 

They can keep you focused on staying positive. 

High Five!

Sunshine 

 

You are my sunshine !   Some window art , place it in your window and make someone's day 

Nurture Word Search 

Fun While Thinking 2 

Photo Challenge 

Something fun for all those at home.  Each day you are ask to take a photo of something different, the picture might be from around your home or taken whilst on your daily exercise. 

 

You could work as a team or create more than one and then share your ideas. 

 

Enjoy !

Calming Cube 

 

With scissors and glue you can make your own calming down cube.   

Explore and find out which one helps you the most to get you through tricky times. 

Fun Friday Questions! 

The Star Fish Story Book 

 

This is a heart warming story.  Not only can you read this with your children but also get them thinking about kindness, acts of kindness.  At the moment they may find it hard to express themselves, staying indoors more than normal, finding it hard to adapt to a change of routine and just not feeling quite themselves makes thing tricky.   By encouraging them to do a helpful task or something kind they will start to think about their actions and emotions. It will not only make them feel great but also the person receiving the kindness will feel  totally amazing. 

A Positive Role 

HAPPY APRIL

Hello St Katherine's children and parents.

'WELCOME to the first day of April.

Take a look at the fun, active and mindful calendar for this month and get completing the challenge. 

 

Nurture Room

We are very excited at St Katherine’s School and Nursery that our Nurture Room is now fully operational.  In the nurture room a range of activities are available such as: drawing, games, reading, Lego and puzzles. These help to promote social skills, plenty of talking and listening and most of all developing new friendships.

 

Before School

Its aim is to make sure that all children have a happy fulfilled school life.  The Nurture Room is open at 8.30 am each day. This facility is offered to children who may need help with their transition from home into the school environment, which can sometimes be daunting.

 

During School Time

We also open our doors at breaktime and during lunch for children who may find it hard to deal with the busy atmosphere that lunch times can sometimes bring. 

 

In lesson time some children can also struggle to engage, the reasons can vary, so with the support of the Nurture Team we can assist in encouraging them to continue their learning in a quiet environment. 

 

Nurture Team

The Nurture team are Mrs O Carruthers, Mrs K Coates and Mrs J Riches.
 

We are also lucky enough to have one qualified Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) at our school.  Mrs J Riches has been trained by Educational Psychologists to plan and deliver programmes of support to pupils who are experiencing temporary or longer term emotional needs.

 

ELSA Work

​The majority of ELSA work is delivered on an individual basis but sometimes small group work is more appropriate especially in the areas of social and friendship skills.  Sessions are fun, a range of activities such as games, role play or arts and crafts are used.

Our ELSA sessions take place in our Nurture Room which is quiet, calm and a safe space for the child to feel supported and nurtured.  

 

ELSA Referral and Plan

Children are usually referred for ELSA by the Inclusion Manager, Class Teacher and Senior Leaders or sometimes through parental request.  A plan is put together, discussed with relevant parties and parents to help support the child in developing new skills and strategies to help them.  The role of the ELSA is not to fix children's problems but to support them.  The aim is to establish a warm, respectful relationship with a pupil and to provide a reflective space where they are able to share honestly their thoughts and feelings.  It needs to be appreciated however that change cannot necessarily be achieved rapidly and is dependent on the context and complexity of the issues.  Sometimes it is unrealistic to resolve all their difficulties, however support will be designed to target specific aspects of a child's needs. 

 

ELSA SESSIONS

In ELSA sessions we aim to provide a range of emotional needs:

Recognising emotions

Self-esteem
Social skills
Friendship skills
Anger Management
Loss and Bereavement

 

 

 

 

 

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