Who Works in the Leaning Zone?
We have worked together as a Team for more than 5 years establishing positive relationships with children and their families, giving support and using our extensive skills and training to evolve creative solutions to the emotional and behavioural challenges children face.
The Team are available each afternoon from 3.15-3.30 if there are any issues you would like to discuss. If this is not convenient, please leave a message at the school office and they will call you back as soon as they can.
“Friday cooking is the best—pizza was my favourite”
“It helps my learning get bigger and bigger and gooder and gooder”
A Day in the Learning Zone?
A typical day in the Learning Zone begins with ‘Check-in-time’ to see how the children are feeling. This is a welcoming, informal chat which might include a thought for the day or be a catch up session.
This helps children who find the transition from home to school challenging. A healthy breakfast is also available during this time.
The Learning Zone team are skilled at responding to children's needs, being flexible about how each session evolves.
When they are ready children can go to join their class, attend assembly or stay in the Learning Zone to start either with planned learning set by the class teacher or following a programme building social skills and conversation.
Children might learn independently, with adult support or with peers. Sometimes the planned learning is supported by a member of our team in class.
Most of the children who attend the Learning Zone are timetabled for specific and regular sessions. Children work towards achieving individual targets related to social and emotional development. The Learning Zone team give regular feed back to the class teacher.
A large part of what we do in the Learning Zone is to make school a happy experience where children feel nurtured and have their individuality celebrated. We focus on
creating an understanding of:
Social Skills; Friendships; Feeling Angry;
Empathy; Playing Games together and
Turn Taking; Listening Skills; Building Self Confidence; Anxiety; Attachment; Sharing; Role Play; Bereavement; Separation;
Partner/Group Activities; Coping with the challenges of being a young person in the 21st Century; Transition from one year to
Another; What makes us unique.
To achieve this the Learning Zone follows the Six Principles of Nurture Groups:
* Children’s learning is understood
* The classroom/LZ offers a safe base "It helps me learn about stuff and I like playing there,
* The importance of nurture for the it helps me to feel calm." "The Learning Zone make me feel happy!"
development of self-esteem
* Language is a vital means of
* All behaviour is communication
* The importance of transition in children’s lives