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At Decoy we believe that Thrive can make us happier, healthier individuals with the resilience to face new challenges and situations. We feel Thrive will not just support those children who may, at times, be facing challenges, but that it will support ALL children with their emotional and social development. We see Thrive as a whole school approach, so that every child benefits from an aspect of Thrive over the course of their time at Decoy. Our emphasis is not just on learning but also developing well rounded members of our community. With this in mind we have invested time in training staff members to be fully confident in assessing and implementing Thrive. We have also created a designated Thrive area, “The Den,” to run our interventions. We hope that you can see the potential benefit that this approach will have on your child and our learning community as a whole. If you would like to know more about Thrive at Decoy School please check the school newsletter for regular updates, explore the Thrive website, or speak to your child’s class teacher. Many thanks, Vicky Stables (Thrive Co-ordinator) Thriveftc materials used in this publication are the property of Fronting the Challenge Projects Ltd and are protected by copyright. When published by third parties, the materials are used under a limited license and the accuracy cannot be guaranteed by Fronting the Challenge Limited.

A parent and carer’s guide to THRIVE at Decoy Primary School

What we believe… At Decoy we promote health in its widest sense; attending to the personal, social and physical development of pupils. We believe that children will only achieve their full learning potential if they are in the right emotional state to learn. Therefore it is vital that we understand how best to support children as they grow up by encouraging them to achieve higher long-term educational goals. It is essential too that we pay attention to the role of emotions in learning and to the link between emotions and behaviours which can, in turn, either promote or inhibit learning.

What is Thrive? The Thrive approach draws upon the latest findings from neuroscience, attachment theory, child development and research into the role of creativity and play in developing emotional resilience. This tried and tested approach helps parents and staff in schools understand children’s behaviour and know what can be done differently to reengage children, build self-esteem and adapt behaviours.

A bit of psychology… The stages of child development are sequential, but developmental tasks can be tackled at any stage of growing up. Through successfully experiencing and completing tasks, our sense of safety and uniqueness, our creativity and our problem-solving and relationshipmaking skills become more secure. However, life can be very hard and there are certainly times when children’s emotional development is put under pressure. Bereavement, separation, trauma or anxiety can all have lasting effects on the brain if not addressed. The good news is that, due to the plasticity of the brain, interruptions and dodgy connections can be rectified and we really feel that we now have the right tool for the job!

The six building blocks or developmental strands Thrive uses a developmental framework to clarify the connections between emotional and social development, behaviour and learning. Child development can be seen as six building blocks of experience, each with accompanying tasks and opportunities. These translate into six fundamental aspects of learning for emotional and social development:      

Learning to be Learning to do Learning to think Learning to be powerful and to have an identity Learning to be skilful and have structure Learning to be separate and secure in your sexual identity

What does Thrive look like at Decoy Primary School? ALL children at Decoy receive Thrive. We aim to address the emotional needs of all children at different stages of their development. Our Thrive ethos means that all staff aim to build stable and caring relationships with all the children we work with.

Class teachers will complete a whole class online Thrive assessment to help identify where all children are in terms of their emotional development.

Some children will be highlighted as needing additional Thrive intervention to support them in experiencing and completing developmental stages. Some of these children will have a Thrive Action Plan written for them.

Children will take part in class interventions, group work or 1:1 sessions led by a trained member of staff. If appropriate, parents will be offered simple activities and strategies to try out at home.

THRIVE Information for Parents 2014  
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