Group Leader: Mrs. Phillips
Group Assistant: Mrs Yeatman
Welcome to Sunflowers Nurture Group.
We are a small class of 8 to 10 children who spend a substantial part of each week in the group but remain part of our mainstream class.
Sunflowers is designed to be warm and welcoming in order to provide a consistent, predictable and safe place for children. With two specially-trained members of staff whose task is to model courteous and supportive behaviour whilst making the children feel accepted and valued. Our aim is to be a bridge between home and school, missed learning opportunities are addressed according to the individual needs. We provide support to promote positive emotional and social growth and cognitive development, at whatever level of need the child manifests.
We work and plan activities in close partnership with the children's class teacher ensuring the same skills and objectives are taught as their peers, meaning whilst there is a focus on social skills the children still have full access to all areas of the curriculum. Lessons are shorter but more structured than in the mainstream class and levels of achievement are raised by carefully targeted teaching/learning opportunities.
There is a great emphasis on communication and in order to teach various social skills such as turn taking and sharing, the children prepare and eat a snack each afternoon. During this time positive relationships are modelled and there is also an emphasis on the development of language and communication skills.
The main aim of Sunflowers is to give children the skills needed to be able to effectively return to their mainstream class within 4-8 terms.
Term 1 Topic: 'Hello I'm new here'
At the beginning of the term we will agree the group rules to help us to be safe in Sunflowers.
Our topic is Hello I'm new here.
In science the children will explore plants near our school and will grow a variety of indoor and outdoor plants over the topic. We will observe the growing plants and investigate if plants need water.
We will be using our plants in our cooking to make a variety of dishes to eat during snack time.
In P.E. we will be focussing on throwing and catching skills.
In art we will be making observational drawings of plants and trees. We will also be making rubbings using a variety of mediums – e.g. Pencils and crayons.
Term 2 Topic: Why do we play with different toys as we get older?
Term 3 Topic: Traditional Tales from around the world.
Term 4: Starry Night
Term 5: Why is water prescious?
Term 6: Where can we go for a great day out?