We are a THRIVE school. This means we use the THRIVE approach throughout our setting and as part of our whole school ethos. We know that all children develop differently and some children need additional support in their emotional development. Before children are ready to learn, they must have had good enough emotional experiences that enable them to be resilient problem solvers who can regulate their emotions and express themselves clearly.
From the earliest opportunity, pupils will be encouraged to build tolerance, make good choices and take responsibility in readiness for them taking their place in society. Being able to manage and understand their emotions, to apply thinking between feeling and action, and to increasingly show empathy and understanding to others is core to our work.
What is Thrive?
Thrive is a specialist intervention programme that supports children with their emotional health, well-being and social skills; all of which are needed for learning to take place. Thrive is based on up to date brain science and research into child development and helps all the staff in our school to adapt their approach to individual children to build self-esteem, well-being and positive behaviour.
For us this means that we have Thrive embedded within our whole school ethos, we passionately believe in and deliver a creative curriculum which builds children's social and emotional resilience.
With the support of our Thrive Practitioner, Mrs Kapoen and Thrive-Online, adults learn how to help children and young people to:
- feel good about themselves
- know that they matter
- become more resilient and resourceful
- have a positive place in society
- form trusting, rewarding relationships
- be creative
- be compassionate and empathetic
- be thoughtful and self-aware
- be productive
- be able to overcome difficulties and setbacks
At times, we use Thrive approaches with individual children whilst on other occasions the approaches are tailored to meet the needs of whole classes. The emphasis is on providing positive, descriptive feedback to children. Activities are based on the arts and unleashing children's creative talents. We use puppets, sandpits, feathers, mirrors, sensory blocks and raw materials that enable children to creatively express their thoughts, emotions and sensations. Adopting a helpful attitude is key to successes. By working in this extremely focused way with individual children we can really make a difference to their social and emotional resilience.