Nurture Group

orchardThe Orchard is a small group setting where

  • children are supported to develop positive relationships with adults and each other
  • developing children’s self-esteem takes high priority
  • children are encouraged to talk about their feelings and take responsibility for their actions
  • play opportunities are provided to help children learn to share and get on with each other
  • children are encouraged to care for each other and their environmentThe Orchard is designed for children who may
  • have difficulty concentrating and learning in the classroom
  • have difficulty controlling their feelings and expressing them in an acceptable way
  • have difficulty getting along with other children
  • be quiet or withdrawn

Children attend The Orchard for up to four two-hour sessions a week. They will usually work with Mrs Stanton and Mrs Patel who have both been specially trained to work in a nurture group setting.

In a typical session the children will take part in Circle Time, snack time, play games, learn social skills. There will also be opportunities for practical activities, such as cooking and art.

The nurture group staff liaise closely with the children’s class teachers to ensure that there is continuity between the work the children do in The Orchard and the classroom.

If you have any questions, or would like to find out more, please speak to Mrs Gregory at the school.