Here at Jarrow Cross C of E Primary school, emotional well-being is imperative to us. Thrive is a specific way of working with children to help support and develop their social and emotional well-being. It supports them to develop their resilience, to become more self-assured and are able to manage their feelings/become adaptable.
Having positive relationships is at the forefront of Thrive and our aims and we use these relationships, alongside play and creative activities to give children key experiences at every stage of their development.
These activities are repetitive to provide continuity and routine for the children. This repetitiveness helps children to:
-increase their emotional well-being
-increase their self-esteem and confidence
-feel empowered and positive about themselves and know they matter
-learn to regulate their feelings
-increase their ability to trust and have a sense of security
-improve their drive to be creative, curious and allow themselves to wonder and explore
-learn to think before they act/behave
How does Thrive work?
The Thrive Approach relates to the latest research into brain science, child development theory and attachment theory. It helps us understand how a child's mind develops, and how adults can best support this development by providing a broad range and effective experiences for the children at each stage to allow them to flourish. Thrive helps us have a better understanding about their needs being signalled by their behaviour. Sometimes a child may find life challenging due to temporary setbacks or long term and life changing events such as a bereavement, separation, new baby etc. They may show signs of being withdrawn, distant, sometimes disruptive or trying too hard to please. If signs of this nature were apparent, Thrive is a tool we can use to look beyond the behaviour to give these children the support they need to get back on track. Sometimes, children only need a little extra support in class, sometimes they need a small group (nurture, thrive, lego-therapy etc) and sometimes they may need additional one-to-one time.
Thrive leads are: Mrs S McBeth (Headteacher) and Miss K Foreman (Safeguarding and attendance lead)