The Thrive Approach focuses on the Social and Emotional wellbeing of our young pupils. Supporting young children using Thrive enables them to develop into healthy, happy, confident children, who are then ready to be open to learning.
The Thrive Approach equips the children to work in either individual targeted ways or group targeted ways, to promote re-engagement with life and learning.
Our Thrive room provides a space for Thrive interventions and the emotional wellbeing support of all Ilminster Avenue E-Act Academy pupils. It provides the children a calm, nurturing environment where they can access the support they need.
Mrs Peters our School Learning Mentor is the Thrive Lead Practitioner for Ilminster Avenue E-Act Academy. Miss Potter is also a Thrive Practitioner and we will be training additional members of staff throughout the year.
Mrs Peters and Miss Potter are also Mental Health Leads for Ilminster Avenue E-Act Academy, supporting children and parents.
The Thrive approach together with Thrive online helps us to support the children in making the best opportunities in life.
In the Thrive Approach we use a developmental model to help us understand how we develop socially and emotionally from birth through to adulthood.
This model gives us the framework for understanding what healthy child development looks like in terms of behaviour and learning and clarifies what the role of adults should be in facilitating a child’s development at each of the different stages. In addition, the model gives us a lens through which to look at and interpret children’s behaviour, enabling us to identify the particular development needs being signalled by their behaviour and to choose appropriate, targeted interventions designed to meet those needs.
The 6 Strands of Thrive
Well Being Time
With so much change to our normal routines and so much uncertainty, naturally our children are going to be feeling anxious and unsafe. At this time our children are relying on us more than ever to make them feel safe.
One of the key ways that we can do this is through our relationships and connections. This just means spending time together completing an activity with your child where everyone is engaged. This then lets your child know that you are there for them and they are not alone, giving them a sense of safety. This is because completing activities together releases feel good chemicals that make your child feel calm, steady and connected.
This will not only help in the short term but also the long term when normality resumes. Spending quality time with your child when they need it most, tells your child that they are worthy of your help and that they are special and important. This then increases their self-esteem and self confidence in a time when everything happening around us could impact on it.
As an academy we prioritise the wellbeing of everyone including your child and put great importance on it. Therefore, as part of your child’s daily timetable/tasks we would like you to complete a ‘Wellbeing’ activity with your child/ren every day, aiming for a minimum of 20 minutes. The idea is that during this time you are completely focused on your child and the activity you are completing together. So, remember to turn the television off and put your phone to one side!
Please click on the link below for this week’s daily wellbeing activity.
However, please don’t let it stop here at one activity. We encourage you at this time to spend time engaging in activities together. This doesn’t have to elaborate, take up huge chunks of time or need lots of special things. It can be as simple as singing a song together or playing ‘I -Spy’.
Other activities could include playing a board game, making lunch together, cooking tea, colouring, telling jokes, building something out of lego. This list is endless.
We would really love to see pictures of you and your child/ren completing the ‘Wellbeing’ activities together and any other things that you might have done to promote being connected with your child in these difficult times.