The Jigsaw Room

“Working together to reach our full potential through understanding, sharing, learning, fun and play”

Nurture Group

The Jigsaw Room was purposefully set up for nurture.

The Nurture group room is carefully arranged to include the best of both, classroom and home furniture. They are designed to be warm and welcoming in order to provide a consistent, predictable and safe place for children. Nurture group room is set up to be a bridge between home and school or nursery, where missed learning opportunities are addressed according to the individual profile of needs. The Jigsaw Room is therefore set up with a table which is used for sharing meals as well as work, a carpet area for sharing books and games together, a kitchen area for easy preparation of breakfast and snacks and resources suitable for a variety of age ranges.

What is the purpose of Nurture Group & its Philosophy?

Nurture Group is a small class of pupils.  Its composition is carefully well thought-out to create a balanced and functional group. The Nurture Group is part of the school’s Inclusion provision. Its purpose is to offer children opportunities to re-visit early learning skills and promote and support their social and emotional development. There is much research evidence that children’s learning is most effective when they have a sense of emotional well-being, good self-esteem and a feeling of belonging to their school community. The Nurture Room provides children with this opportunity and so helps to develop their maturity and resilience. The Nurture Room is a place of learning. The philosophy of the Nurture Room is drawn from the principles established by the work of Marjorie Boxall.

The Nurture Group Principles:

  • Children’s learning is understood and how they one develops
  • The classroom offers a safe base
  • All behaviour is communicated
  • The importance of transition in children’s lives
  • Provides lots of opportunities for speaking and listening through activities
  • Builds a child’s self-esteem and confidence
  • Builds skills for classroom learning
  • Language is a vital means of communication

Which children attend Nurture Group?

Children may attend sessions in the Nurture Group for specific reasons, for example:

  • Friendship difficulties – keeping/making friends
  • Quiet, shy, withdrawn
  • Find it hard to listen to others or join in
  • Disruptive towards others
  • Find it hard to accept losing a game
  • Find it hard to share and take turns
  • Find it a bit difficult to settle into class
  • Bullying
  • Low self esteem
  • Poor relationships with adults in school
  • Bereavement
  • Family illness or break-up

How will Nurture Group help my child?

Nurture Group will boost confidence and self-esteem and provide children with the extra help sometimes needed to improve social skills and independence for example:

  • To join in
  • To settle
  • To listen
  • To concentrate
  • To share and take turns
  • To accept losing a game
  • To build up friendships with their classmates
  • It gives them a chance and helps to encourage a more positive profile among their peers and members of staff.

How long will my child be in Nurture Group for?

Children attend on a part-time basis for a period of 2-4 terms. However we ensure that the children do not miss special assemblies, guests in school, outings or anything else that may be different from the normal routine of the week.

If you have any questions, please contact our team on: 01274 488703, Mrs Archer and Mr Griffin.