A very warm welcome to the class page for the Sunflower class! The Sunflower class is a little different to the other classes in that it is a ‘Nurture group’ which offers a short term, inclusive, focused intervention. It is usually a class of six to eight children and is always run by two staff.
Our Nurture class team is Lily Cook and Laura Cann.
The Sunflower class is open in the afternoons.
The staff are very approachable and extremely keen to build positive, supporting relationships with children, parents and carers.
Children attend nurture groups but remain an active part of their main class group, spend appropriate times within the nurture group according to their need and typically return full time to their own class within four to six terms. Nurture groups assess learning and social and emotional needs and give whatever help is needed to remove the barriers to learning. There is great emphasis on language development and communication. Nothing is taken for granted and everything is explained, supported by role modelling, demonstration and the use of gesture as appropriate. The relationship between the two staff, always nurturing and supportive, provides a role model that children observe and begin to copy. Food is shared at ‘breakfast’ or ‘snack time’ with much opportunity for social learning, helping children to attend to the needs of others, with time to listen and be listened to.
As the children learn academically and socially they develop confidence, become responsive to others, learn self-respect and take pride in behaving well and in achieving.
Nurture groups are founded on evidence-based practices and have been working successfully for more than 40 years in the UK and have been praised, supported and recommended by organisations such as Ofsted, Estyn and HMIE.