It is with great excitement that Pot Kiln takes its first steps on the journey to becoming a Thrive school.

The Thrive approach aims to develop resilient, confident, healthy and happy children who are open and absorbent to new learning. It is a theurapeutic approach that draws on the areas of neuroscience, attachment theory and child development to provide a powerful way of working with children and young people that supports optimal emotional and social development. In addition, it can equip those working with children and young people to work in a targeted way with individuals who may have struggled with difficult life events in order to help them re-engage with life and learning. Children sometimes need some extra support with their emotional growth and this can be temporary or over a longer period of time.

Research has shown that how we behave is linked to how we feel and our emotions are linked to how we learn. By teaching children to recognise and notice these feelings and emotions it can help with their development and learning. Thrive promotes their emotional and social growth by building positive relationships between a child and their peers and helps them explore and understand their feelings through a variety of different hands-on practical activities.

The Thrive approach offers practical strategies and techniques and is built around online assessments which identify children’s emotional development and provides action plans for their individual needs.

Mrs Lock has completed the co-ordinator training for Thrive and Mrs Walsh and Mrs Stearne are in the process of completing the 10 day Thrive practitioner course over the coming months.

Our aim in 2018-2019 is to begin work with children on a 1:1 basis with the possibility of small group work during the summer term. It is hoped that in 2019-2020 we will continue 1:1and small group work and begin to extend the Thrive approach throughout the school in order to create PSHCE plans that are targeted to meet the needs of all the children within the class.

Mrs Lock