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The Woodland


"Where children grow in confidence, engage in learning and become successful learners in

their classrooms and the wider community."


At Roe Farm we are committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for all of our children.

It is for that reason we made the conscious decision to implement The Woodland Room to provide nurture, LEGO Therapy and ELSA provisions within our school. The Woodland runs four afternoons a week

providing alternative provision which supports the children’s continuing development both within the Woodland Room and within the children’s classroom. This is achieved by providing the children with a

range activities that supports areas such as; speaking & listening, imagination, memory skills, self-esteem, emotional awareness and turn taking. Children attending LEGO Therapy will receive two 30 minute sessions a week for at least a six week period. ELSA sessions run once a week, currently on a 1:1 basis

and are delivered by an ELSA trained member of staff.


What is the purpose of a Nurture Group, LEGO Therapy and ELSA sessions?


The children are carefully brought together to ensure a balanced and functional group where appropriate. The Nurture, LEGO Therapy and ELSA sessions continue the ethos of an already nurturing environment within Roe Farm Primary School and provides inclusion for all children
promoting PSHE provision.


Therefore the children are supported within The Woodland to raise their emotional well-being,

self-esteem and have a sense of belonging to the school community. We provide a structured

routine with clear boundaries so the children feel safe and secure.

The Woodland is a place of learning and follow these six principles:


1. Children’s learning is understood developmentally

2. The classroom/school offers a safe base

3. Nurture is important for the development of self-esteem

4. Language is understood as a vital means of communication

5. All behaviour is communication

6. Transitions are significant in the lives of children

Reasons children might attend a Nurture Group?


  • Low self esteem

  • Find it hard to listen to others or join in

  • Family illness or break up

  • Bereavement

  • Find it hard to share and take turns

  • Find it hard to settle into class

  • Friendship difficulties - keeping/making friends

  • Find it hard to accept losing a game

  • Quiet, shy, withdrawn


A teacher might identify a child with any of the above needs. A discussion would then take place with the SENCO and Nurture Lead. A Boxall Profile will be completed to identify possible areas of which a child might need support and specific targeted support will be put in place.

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