At Signhills Infant Academy our pupils are at the heart of everything we do. We know that children learn best when they are happy and settled and we are supporting the emotional and social development of all of our children through a programme called Thrive. Thrive helps us to check children’s readiness to learn, to identify any areas where they need extra help and then plan to meet them. Through doing so, we will be able to make sure that all of our pupils have what they need to make the best possible progress in their learning.
Ms Majer and Mrs Barrett are currently undertaking Thrive training to be licensed practitioners. The reason we like using the Thrive approach is that the training has really helped us to understand why children behave in the ways they do. The approach is based on the most up-to-date knowledge about the way our brains develop, about child development and attachment issues and it strongly promotes the use of creativity and the arts.
There are all sorts of unavoidable things that can happen in family life that can affect and sometimes slow down a child’s readiness to learn. These might include bereavement, moving to live in a new place, family illness, separation, a frightening accident ….or sometimes a child might have an anxiety about something that to us seems small but to the child seems very big. Thrive gives us lots of strategies for helping a child through these difficulties and traumas.
Central to the approach is a computer programme that helps us, alongside families, to identify any “interruption” in a child’s emotional and social development. It gives us clear, simple strategies to use with the child to support them to do the emotional learning that may have been missed. If these strategies are used repeatedly at home and school, they will accelerate brain development and help the child with relationships and their learning.
We have lots of programmes or interventions at school that we use to help children who are struggling with curriculum areas such as reading, writing or maths. Thrive is the programme we use to help us improve children’s emotional and social development. You may see improvements in their confidence, their friendships and their behaviour as well as their interest in learning at school.
Parents will be invited to help plan the best possible programme for their child. Sometimes this will include individual and/or small group work. This is an excellent programme and we are looking forward to using it for the educational benefit of the children in the school. More information can be found at www.thriveapproach.co.uk or by clicking on the link below.