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The Nurture Group - Olive Class

As part of the school’s Inclusion and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) provision, Katesgrove currently runs a Nurture Group to help cater for children with specific difficulties which make it hard for them to access learning. Such difficulties may include such things as:


  • 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  • Quiet, shy, withdrawn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
  • Low self esteem
  • Poor relationships with adults in school
  • Bereavement
  • Family illness or break-up
  • Having undergone a severe trauma



Nurture Groups have been operating for about 40 years. The principles were established by the work of Marjorie Boxall and others. Their purpose is to offer children opportunities to re-visit early learning skills and promote and support their social and emotional development. There is much evidence that children’s learning is most effective when they have a sense of emotional well-being and positive self-esteem. Nurture Groups provides children with this opportunity and so helps to develop their maturity and resilience.


The Nurture Group Principles:

  • Children’s learning is understood developmentally
  • The classroom offers a safe base
  • All behaviour is communication
  • The importance of transition in children's lives
  • Has an adult/child ration of 1:3, and provides lots of opportunities for speaking and listening activities
  • Builds a child’s self-esteem and confidence
  • Builds skills for classroom learning



Katesgrove’s Nurture Group is made up of 6-10 pupils of mixed ages from Year 2 to Year 6. It runs every morning from registration until lunchtime, after which time the pupils return to their respective Year Group classes. The Nurture room is designed to be a bridge between home and school; a place where children can feel safe and secure. The room has a table to share breakfast, a beautiful seating area to play games and work collaboratively, plus a kitchen area to prepare healthy snacks.




Children begin the day by sharing breakfast together. The purpose of this time is to support the transition, and bridge the gap between home and school. It is also an opportunity to focus on developing the children's use of social language and their sharing and turn taking.


Another crucial part of the Nurture group is the focus on managing and understanding our emotions. The children have lots of opportunities to share their feelings and learn strategies to manage their emotions effectively.


Other features of a typical day include Playdough Disco to work on motor skills and calming yoga sessions, as well as a range of different station-based activities to work on maths, handwriting and problem solving skills.






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