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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In ELSA sessions we aim to provide a range of emotional needs:
Loss and Bereavement
How else to celebrate February and Children's Mental Health week with activities that get you drawing every day.
With this in mind, each activity is about expression through drawing. So get creative expressing your feelings,
thoughts, dreams and emotions. Enjoy :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
You are my sunshine ! Some window art , place it in your window and make someone's day
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.