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Mrs Dixon, Miss Cook and Mrs Bollands are licenced Thrive practitioners.

All staff have had Thrive training in school.


What is Thrive?

Thrive is a healthy approach to help support children with their emotional and social development. It is a whole school approach based around, new studies of effective learning and up to date models of child development – in order to help the school to understand the needs being shown to us by children’s behaviour.

The Thrive approach offers practical ideas to help assess children using an online assessment tool which will identify children’s emotional development and provides action plans for their individual needs. Whole classes can also use Thrive ideas and activities as part of our Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education  (PSHCE) sessions in school.

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.

Children sometimes need some extra support with their emotional growth and this can be temporary or over a longer period of time.

Thrive promotes their emotional and social growth by building positive relationships between a child, their peers and the teaching staff and helps them explore and understand their feelings through various activities.


Our vision and aims

Our vision is to:

Develop children emotionally so they are able to recognise and tell the difference between their different emotions and learn ways of responding to their feelings appropriately.

We aim to:

Provide different ways to support children who are experiencing emotional, social or behavioural difficulties.

Provide safe and calm surroundings for children to develop their skills.

Help children to take pride in their achievements and build self-esteem.

Help children to manage their feelings and develop skills to enjoy and take part in school life.

Using positive ways to manage all behaviours.


Who has Thrive sessions?

Everyone! Though they might not realise it. All of our pupils have access to regular class-based Thrive activities; most art and sport activities are taught within the Thrive approach. Each class has a Thrive session (Thrive Time) as part of PSHCE in areas such as sharing, turn taking, importance of rules and respectful behaviour. Many children will respond to the care, understanding and support given by parents, family, friends and teachers. However, some children need a little bit extra.

Some children will also require individual or small group sessions. Just like adults, some children experience difficulties during their time at school and these difficulties may also be present at home. The thrive approach enables us to pick out the specific difficulties and plan activities to address these difficulties. Some of the typical areas we work on in Thrive sessions are:


  • Getting into trouble at playtime.
  • Finding it hard to settle in the classroom.
  • Finding it difficult to manage their strong feelings.
  • Difficulties with friendships.
  • Not knowing who to turn to when feelings are too big to manage on their own.
  • These situations can lead to many different feelings which may seem overwhelming at times. They might include: anger, frustration, sadness, loneliness, confusion or anxiety.


All these feelings are very normal and happen to a lot of children. The Thrive sessions are to help children learn to manage their feelings and teach them strategies that will help promote their learning at school.


What will happen in a Thrive session?

The session may be one to one or as part of a small group of children and will usually take place in our Thrive room.  During each session there will be an activity which may include:

story telling, circle games, games, gardening, arts and crafts, sand play, movement and relaxation, hand massage, cooking and preparing food, role play and puppet work.


More information

For more information about the Thrive approach see the website:

Or contact Mrs Dixon, Mrs Cook or Mrs Bollands at school on 01642 607123

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