THE PRINCIPLES OF NURTURE AT CHILDER THORNTON
How we are developing the Six Principles of Nurture at Childer Thornton (including Pupil Voice)
Children’s learning is understood developmentally
- Teachers know when we need help.
- Everybody can act differently and they know that and treat us in the correct way.
- We don’t always make progress in the same way and the teachers know that and help us in the right way.
The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing
- We have lots of SEAL lessons.
- We talk about feelings and we talk about our mental health.
- Teachers help us open up.
- They help us to stop bullies.
- They make us feel that it is OK to be who you are.
All behaviour is communication
- Teachers help sort things out.
- Teachers listen to us and ask questions.
- They try and get us to sort it out ourselves and they are preparing us for situations when they are not there. They help us do this by asking us the right questions and giving us the confidence to do this.
- They know that we need help and sometimes our behaviour says ‘help me.’
- They teach younger children how to do something instead of just saying ‘share!’
The classroom offers a safe base
- Teachers are kind and you just feel safe.
- Doors shut.
- Safe places to go if you are upset.
- Doors have codes.
- Visitors sign in a computer and wear a badge.
- CCTV cameras.
- Reception and Nursery teachers where red.
- Red hands show that you can’t touch something.
- “My classroom just feels safe and my teacher knows me really well.”
Language is a vital means of communication
- We have help expressing our emotions.
- Our teachers teach us how to say exactly what we are feeling.
- We learn about language from when we are in Reception.
- If we can’t explain something, we can ask for help and then we can do it better next time.
The importance of transition in children's lives
- New class day in July.
- I’m sad to say goodbye to my old teacher but I always love my new teacher, our teachers are very kind.
- Year 6 have a taught unit of work preparing them for High School.
- New teacher has new class for PPA cover in the summer term.
- Work with feeder schools and opportunities to visit from Year 1 upwards.
- All children know the teacher they will have next.
- Some children will receive a postcard from their new teacher to relieve any anxiety.