Here in the office we don’t always get the opportunity to
see all the wonderful work that you are doing in your settings, so we
were delighted when earlier this term one of our new relationship
managers, Mel Fisher, visited Suttons Primary School in Hornchurch and
reported back. Mel sat down with the Deputy Head and Thrive practitioner
Karen Blake for a chat about how Suttons Primary discovered Thrive, their
wonderful Thrive room and how beneficial they’ve found Thrive in their
Before Suttons Primary decided to introduce Thrive, Karen tells us that
they visited a school in a neighbouring borough to make sure that it was
right for them. They wanted to ensure that Thrive could help support
children who had experienced significant trauma and had attachment
disorder. The school they visited had practised Thrive for several years,
and after the visit they were convinced that it would be a good option
for them! Suttons Primary now have three licensed practitioners, one of
whom is delivering Thrive full time to individual children.
Suttons’ Thrive room is small but perfectly formed and
licensed practitioners are constantly adding to the resources. They’ve
found that the children love creative arts and crafts, messy play, small
world toys and sand trays. Karen shared that one of the children
finds communicating via building Lego scenes is particularly beneficial,
so they have bought Lego sets for them to work with. They’ve also
arranged for this child to spend one day every week at a farm; Karen says
that it is important that they learn to feel safe and feel happy.
They also utilise their Thrive room as a ‘Chill and Chat’ space during
lunchtime when their most vulnerable children often seek out support or
What Karen found most striking since introducing Thrive at
Suttons Primary is that the amount of disclosures made by children has
considerably increased. Thrive has made children feel safe enough to
talk. The school have also found it particularly beneficial to have a
member of their Senior Leadership Team trained in Thrive to drive the
process forward. As Karen is the Deputy Head, her role has been vital in
ensuring that Thrive remains high profile. She says that “Thrive has
become part of who we are and what we believe in as a school.”
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Yellow class have been thinking about Children in Need this week. We learnt that Children in Need is a charity that fund raises to make a real difference to the lives of children all across the UK. They aim to ensure that every child in the UK has a childhood that is: Safe Happy and Secure Allows them a chance to reach their potential Have a look at what we've been doing in support of Children in Need!
Year 6 have been lucky enough to have the fantastic Anthony Glenn working with them once again for Shaking Up Shakespeare! Anthony delivered an amazing performance to the whole school this morning, with various children from a range of year groups helping out. Year 6 started workshops straight afterwards, and we began by exploring non-verbal communication.
We did some improvisation work, and also worked on our projection - of our voices and our emotions through body language and expression!
Tomorrow looks set be just as fun and even more exciting as we move onto examining 'The Scottish Play' in more depth...