Re-Affirming Little & Bigger Villagers Vision
Celebrating Our 5 Year Anniversary
It's both surprising yet wonderful to think that we are already in our 5th year of offering our celebrated Nurture provision at Pelsall Village School.
Indeed, we have already supported over 300 children in the past 5 years by following the Six Principles of Nurture Groups:
*A child's learning is understood developmentally
*The classroom offers a safe base
*Nurture is important for the development of self-esteem
*Language is understood as a vital means of communication
*All behaviour is communication
*Transitions are significant in the lives of children
At Pelsall Village School in all classrooms, alongside our 9 Nurture Groups across KS1 & KS2, we are dedicated to improving the life chances of every child and young person by promoting Nurture across the whole education system and beyond.
Mrs S.Tuckwell-Allen JP
Assistant Head, SENCo & Nurture Manager
Pelsall Village School
Happy New Year!
All of our Nurture Groups (7 in total now ranging from Year 1 to Year 6 and with over 40 children as members!) have been thinking about what 2022 means to them.
Here are their 5 top quotes to inspire us all...
"Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering 'it will be happier...'"
"A new year is a time for inspirational dreams, but more importantly, a time to set your goals to see the dreams turn into a reality."
"The more you read, the more you will know. The more you learn, the more places you will go."
"You'll never get bored when you try something new. There's really no limit to what you can do."
"This new year may you be blessed with courage and confidence to spread your wings & turn each day into an adventure of learning and fun."
Which do you like best?
Pelsall Village Nurture Groups
We've joined together as classmates
As the new year begins
A year full of learning
As we become friends
We'll share and be kind
As we work and play
And our friendship will grow
With each passing day!
Wow! It seems so long ago that we were all together at school. I hope this message finds you well and doing your best to be good for your parents and your best in the work set by your teachers.
I know you may feel confused by what is going on in the world at the moment but try not to worry as everyone is probably feeling the same.
I always find reading and writing poetry helps my mind to settle down and my face to smile again.
So here is a poem by one of my favourite authors A.A.Milne (he wrote Winnie the Pooh!) which I hope you will enjoy.
If you like it, have a go at writing one of your own and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can't wait to hear from you!
Assistant Head and SENCo
NOW WE ARE SIX
When I was ONE
I had just begun.
When I was TWO
I was nearly new.
When I was THREE
I was hardly me.
When I was FOUR
I was not much more.
When I was FIVE
I was just alive
But now I am SIX
I'm clever as clever
So I think I will be SIX now for ever and ever!
PELSALL VILLAGE NURTURE GROUPS:
Little Villagers (Age 5-7)
Bigger Villagers (Age 7-11)
At Pelsall Village School, all our children are equally important. This applies to all aspects of their education including teaching and learning, their achievements, their attitudes and their wellbeing. We encourage all our children to aim for the highest possible standards, and we take account of each child’s individual needs and experiences.
Nurture groups are a preventative intervention to meet the learning, social and emotional needs of vulnerable children. They are discrete classes located within mainstream primary schools; designed to meet the needs of children who are not yet ready to meet the emotional and intellectual demands of school life.
Our Nurture Group “Little Villagers” follow the “New Primary” model where children attend part time for between 2 and 4 terms before being re-integrated back into their mainstream class. The groups form part of the whole school approach to inclusion. They provide a modified curriculum in an environment based on the principals of Marjorie Boxall. This curriculum is designed to offer practical learning opportunities.
The Nurture Group provide support for vulnerable children with additional needs relating to Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties (SEMH) or who find it difficult at certain points in their lives to access a mainstream curriculum or settle into class.
Children access the Nurture Group for morning sessions. They follow a curriculum tailored to meet their individual learning needs. This includes aspects of the National Curriculum and learning opportunities designed to promote social and emotional development and skills.
The Nurture Group is run by a minimum of two trained members of staff. Group size is small (approximately 6 children) to ensure individual needs are met.
Designated PPA time for Nurture staff, led by the Assistant Head (Inclusion) ensure effective planning, monitoring and curriculum development. Regular meetings, held with the class teacher and parent/carers ensure effective and holistic monitoring and support The Nurture Team:
Following the success of the Little Villagers Nurture Group, we have since opened up similar opportunities in the afternoons to our Key Stage 2 children following the 100 Minute Model and focusing on social and emotional as well as popular calendar and transitional thematic topics.
Indeed, from 'little acorns grow mighty oak trees' and due to a constantly increasing demand, we now have 6 Bigger Villager Nurture Groups for Years 3,4,5 & 6 children over 4 afternoons each week and are on the look out for bigger premises!!!
Assistant Head & SENCo
Pelsall Village School