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 provision 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.


What is the purpose of a Nurture Group?

The Nurture Group is a small class of 6-8 pupils. The children are carefully brought together to
ensure a balanced and functional group. The Nurture Group continues 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 Nurture Group is a place of learning and follow the six principles of the Nurture Network:

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  • Quiet, shy, withdrawn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. If it is felt the child would benefit from a Nurture Group

environment the class teacher will speak to the parent/carer and they will be given the opportunity to accept a place for their child to attend The Woodland.

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