The Lower School Nurture Bases

The Lower School Nurture Bases

The Lower School Nurture Base is made up of three classrooms, Darwin (KS2), Curie (Y7 Sensory) and Castner (Y7 Social). It adopts an ASC friendly environment which uses visual clarity to allow the pupils to settle in and take ownership of their space and learning. This provision is designed to cater for more complex needs within the school setting, and support pupils in developing the skills and confidence to thrive in the main school as they grow. This is supported with an intense social and personal development programme, alongside identifying any academic gaps from their primary or prior school placements.

Pupils in the lower school nurture bases are supported through a primary-based model, where they spend the majority of their time in class with their class staff. By adopting this approach, pupils are able to build secure relationships with both their staff and peers, allowing them to develop and strengthen a range of skills to support their social and emotional well-being. Pupils do, however, move around the main school for some lessons, such as Cooking, Art and Science where they are able to work for short periods with other members of staff and access specialist rooms and equipment.

Emotional regulation charts support pupils in recognising their emotions, and a lot of work is carried out with the children to help them to understand the physical consequences of these emotions within their body, and how it can affect the way they act. In-line with this, staff work very closely with individuals to identify and develop strategies that will support them to self-regulate when their emotions change. This is one of the many strategies that is now adopted school-wide and supports pupils wherever they may be in school.

Other strategies used throughout the nurture base are:

  • Visual timetables for lessons
  • Home-school link books, reporting and communicating with parents/carers on a daily basis
  • Parents are invited in for Afternoon Tea each half term, to provide regular opportunities for staff and parents to meet and discuss pupil progress
  • Visual behaviour ownership charts, providing a visual representation of the school behaviour policy
  • Working for cards to celebrate achievements supporting positive reinforcement
  • Daily Pupil Diary, recording pupil engagement and behaviours.
  • Mindfulness practices to help children to relax, reflect and develop strategies to support with self-regulation.

Darwin

Miss O'Hare is the class teacher for Darwin and she is supported by Mr McConnell. Darwin consists of Year 5 and 6 pupils. A dark tent allows a quiet space for pupils to be alone where needed, whilst ear-defenders and sensory toys are available for children to access throughout the day where required. Darwin work on developing their Social and Emotional skills in class to help them to feel ready to learn.

Curie

Miss Herbison is the class teacher for Anderson and is supported by Miss Greenwood, where pupils are welcomed each morning in class to eat their breakfast. A dark tent allows a quiet space for pupils to be alone where needed, whilst ear-defenders and sensory toys are available for children to access throughout the day where required. Curie work on developing their Social and Emotional skills in class to help them to feel ready to learn.

Castner

Miss Scott is the class teacher for Castner and is supported by Miss Davies. The classroom is based close to the school sensory room which is very beneficial as it gives pupils the opportunity to request to use it when they feel it is needed. Within the classroom, pupils are able to access bean-bags and sensory cushions when they need to break away from the lesson or have some alone time and have access to sensory toys throughout the day when required.

2019/2020 Curriculum Maps

(See subject maps)

Visual Timetables

Darwin Timetable

Curie Visual Timetable

Castner visual timetable.docx

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