Someries Infant School

Nightingale Class

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At Someries Infant School, we are very pleased to offer nurture sessions within school.  Currently we run two nurture afternoons a week in our Nightingale Class.


What is nurture provision?

Nurture sessions are for groups of between six and twelve children. Each group is run by two members of staff: Mrs Nicholson - the school Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator - and Mrs Fountain.

Nurture provides a bridge between home and school; a place where pupils can feel safe and secure to explore their emotional and social wellbeing, learn about themselves, develop and grow.

Nurture groups assess learning and social and emotional needs and give the necessary help to remove any 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 pupils observe and begin to copy.

Food is shared at ‘snack time’ with many opportunities for social learning, helping pupils to attend to the needs of others, with time to listen and be listened to.

As pupils learn academically and socially, they develop confidence, become responsive to others, learn self-respect and take pride in their achievements.

Philosophy

The philosophy of our nurture sessions is drawn from the six principles established by the work of Marjorie Boxall and others:

  1. Children’s learning is understood developmentally
  2. The classroom offers a safe base
  3. All behaviour is communication
  4. The importance of nurture for the development of well being
  5. Language is a vital means of communication
  6. The importance of transition in children’s lives

Routine

Every nurture session follows the same routine of:

  • check in
  • main Activity
  • news Sharing
  • snack
  • story time

The sessions are fun and informative, using activities and resources designed to motivate, engage and support pupils. Activities are planned and meet national curriculum objectives. 


Referral and assessment

Pupils are selected to attend Nightingale Class according to their social, emotional and behavioural needs. Any referrals made by teaching staff will be discussed with parents and carers and a variety of assessment procedures will be used to inform referrals, including the Boxall profile. It is the role of the special educational needs and disabilities coordinator to evaluate the Boxall Profiles of pupils for whom teaching staff believe nurture provision is most suitable.

Assessment findings from the Boxall Profile form the basis for each pupil's personlised targets, both within the group and their classroom. These targets are regularly monitored and pupils' progress is evaluated.

A floor book is used to track learning that takes place in Nightingale Class.