Thrive gives us an insight into why children behave like they do. The Thrive Approach can provide you with pointers to help create positive experiences that support their wellbeing and build their emotional resilience.
We use the Thrive approach to work in a targeted way with the children who may be struggling socially, emotionally or with difficult life events. Our experienced Thrive team support the children to re-engage with learning and life.
The provision we have at the Ashington Learning Partnership offers a safe, secure, calm and supportive environment for the children who need time to regulate their emotions to allow them to return to the classroom. We are able to engage the children through targeted interventions which involves arts and play based activities. These include sand play, arts and crafts, beach school, story telling, music, drama, dance and painting. All of these have benefits and strengths and the use of creativity integrated into their day will support the children’s social and emotional development.
At the Ashington Learning Partnership, we adopt a whole school Thrive approach. ensuring that the children receive consistent, positive messages on coping and dealing with their strong emotions from every member of staff. Many of you will be familiar with Thrive and appreciate the support that your child receives both in school and at home.
If your child is required to work remotely, we will continue to support pupils and families through our Thrive provision.
All children on individual Thrive plans will receive regular telephone calls from your child’s Thrive Practitioner. All families will receive a home plan which will be discussed and strategies further supported through contact with your Thrive Practitioner. We will do our best to support you with the necessary resources required to support the plans - home packs will be delivered by our Thrive team. If you need additional support and/or resources then please get in touch.
In addition to support for children on individual plans, there will be weekly whole class activities with supporting adult role guidance posted in every Google Classroom and SEESAW feed. These class activities are tailored to developmental needs within the class or targeted to the appropriate age and stage of development. Any child can participate in these activities and will enjoy doing so. Participation in these activities may support you to engage your child in remote learning and enjoy positive experiences with their trusted adults at this difficult time. We are sure that the adults will enjoy them too!
Completing the activities and spending quality one to one time with your child will support their emotional wellbeing. The activities will give your child a positive sense of self, make them feel emotionally safe, encourage them to try new experiences and help them to problem solve. All the activities concentrate on the relationship between children and adults. They will support good attachments and help your child to build confidence, self esteem and grow their resilience. All these skills will be important in school, at home and life beyond.
Thriving at Home
Below are some additional activity ideas for you to try at home based around the first three Thrive strands. If you know that your child has a Thrive plan and which strand they are on, then you can match these activities and use the strategies identified within your plans.
Don't worry if you don't have a plan, all children will benefit from the time spent on these activities. If you are unsure or would like any further support with then please contact your Thrive Practitioner based on your child’s school site.
The following link will take you to some videos of our Thrive team enjoying some activities.
Additional activities will be posted weekly via the school Facebook page.
The Link Centre is based at Central Primary School and is a community building that was officially opened by Councillor Wayne Daley on 15th November 2019. The Link was introduced to provide support and opportunities for the parents/carers and families of both Bothal and Central Primary Schools. We have a dedicated Family Support Worker employed by the ALP and run a number of courses and sessions that are specifically tailored to meet the needs of individual families.
Due to current restrictions and Government Guidance, we have adapted the way that we run our Link Provision. Unfortunately, we are unable to host face to face sessions and workshops at this time. All previous timetables are now on hold. We are still supporting families in a different way and will tailor this to suit your needs. Our Family Support Worker is working with a number of families remotely to offer support. Our Family Support offer is underpinned by the Thrive approach but all plans will be bespoke to the needs of our families.
While children are learning remotely, we have an additional two members of Family Support. Mrs Nicoll and Mrs Hamilton are working with Central Primary School to provide support through the Digital Learning Programme. They have joined us from Children North East and are available to support specifically with accessing and engaging in remote learning.
If you would like any further information on how we can support you please either speak to your child's class teacher, contact your school site office or email Mrs Chalmers at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the Thrive approach please contact your site Thrive Practitioner.
You can also visit Thrive Online website to find out more and access the online Parent Toolkit. If you need any help accessing the online toolkit, we are more than happy to help.