Meet the Woodpecker team
Mrs Norman and Teaching Assistant Mrs Reiman
in the morning.
Our task is to model courteous and supportive
behaviour while making the children feel accepted and valued.
Mrs Willmot and Teaching Assistant Mrs Reiman in the afternoon.
The Nurture Room
The nurture group room is part school, part home. It has a comfortable area with sofas, kitchen/eating area, work area and play/’home corner’ area. It provides a home-like environment with a relaxed atmosphere.
Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress and working together is success.
What is Woodpecker Base
Woodpecker Base is a nurture group. A Nurture Group is a small class (10 children with 2 adults), which supports children who find it difficult to settle or respond to the demands of daily life in the mainstream classroom. It looks at the child’s needs as a whole and maximises opportunities for the children to develop their social, emotional and learning skills.
Nurture groups are set up for children with social, emotional and behavioral difficulties which may be:
Lack of self-esteem
Unable to share and take turns
Don’t trust adults/peers
May lack in mannerism skills
Disrupts other children in the classroom
Has behavior issues
Struggles with the mainstream classroom environment
Entry into the group is carefully considered through a staged referral procedure and the use of a range of assessments over time.
We foremost, focus on:
Learning skills for example listening carefully and attention span.
Social skills such as cooperation, collaboration and how to communicate / express ourselves.
Emotional aspects such as self-confidence, self-esteem, recognising and dealing with our emotions.
We develop and encourage these skills through topics, social sessions and play. Our curriculum is flexible and adapts continually depending on the needs of the children. The aim is to enable the children to be ready to learn and maximise their potential. Children attend a Nurture Group for varying lengths of time, typically 2-4 terms, spending approximately half of their school day in the group, and return to their class full time when they are ready.