Pastoral care and support is one of our strengths and we have invested considerable resources in two Learning Mentors and Family Link Worker to support the increasing social issues which impact on many of our children and their families. Our Learning Mentors works in close collaboration with the Headteacher and Deputy Head Teachers to ensure our children thrive at school, develop positive self-esteem and, when necessary, receive appropriate additional support either in school or at home.
Our Family Link Worker liaises with families and external agencies where a need has been identified. Together they make a strong team and maintain excellent relationships with pupils, parents/carers and staff.
Amy McNamee, the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENDCo), also supports two of our teaching assistants who look after the needs of our children with special educational needs (SEN). Amy is also Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for Inclusion.
We also offer additional support for children who do not have English as their first language.
Shirehampton Primary School is proud of the close links we have with Young Carers and Youth Links which provide support and guidance for any child who is a young carer. Both external agencies support our young carers and enable them to be emotionally stable as well as be fully involved in their own learning.
Parents Thrive Tips for Home
Friday 8 January 2021
For this week I am adding a podcast which talks about supporting children through lockdown. It talks about coping strategies and how children may react differently to returning to school. Although we have been back at school for a while, I still think this is worth listening too. There is quite a lot of talking initially about who the people are taking part, but from about 12 minutes in they begin to discuss specific topics.
There are also some really nice videos for your children to watch if they are feeling anxious or low. I have added two of the ones that I think are the best. Feel free to watch them first and then let your child experience them.
Any questions, don't hesitate to ask :)
FRIDAY 22ND JANUARY 2021
So here we are in another lockdown! Not what anyone wanted, however we must keep ourselves safe.
I hope all the home learning is going well, and that the children and you are also managing to enjoy more time together. I think in this time we can often forget about any positives, but we are all safe and well for the moment, which is the biggest positive I can think of!
Keeping some sort of routine is really important for your children, and for you. Although it might seem a luxury to stay in your pjs all day, actually this isn't very good for our mental state, therefore try to get up, eat breakfast and get into school work, or whatever you have planned. Then at the weekends, it feels more like a 'day off', and you can have a more relaxed day.
If your child is struggling at home one really easy and helpful solution is to give them a note book for them to use. They can use it to write down any emotions or feelings they may be having, and they can decide if they want you to read it or not. This helps them to feel a bit more in control in a situation that is completely unknown to everyone!
I hope this is helpful, and again please contact me on my email address if you want any other information.
Friday 5th february 2021
It is Children's Mental Health Awareness week!
As it is also National Storytelling week, I have attached a list of books that may be helpful for your child's emotional development.
Another useful resource is the wellbeing kit, which has a range of different activities for you to carry out with your child. There are two kits, one for children up to 11 and the other for children up to 7.
The ages are just guides, if you feel your child would benefit from either older or younger ages, use as you wish.
I hope these will be helpful for you, and as always please email me if you would like any extra Thrive ideas.
friday 25th february 2021
The children are coming back to school! That was surprising news for some on Monday, hearing that children are back to school from the 8th March. Some children and adults may be feeling a bit wary about the return to school and some may be excited. It seems like it has been a long time since 'normality' and it is quite understandable for your children, and yourselves, to feel quite unsure of what is to come.
Before your children return to school it may be worth having that extra video chat with their friends to check back in with them, or to go through with them the positive and negative feelings they may have. Make a list of things they are looking forward to or that they are feeling worried about. This should hopefully help to make them feel safer and happier about returning.
Now, for parents and carers, I am attaching a document that will hopefully be helpful. It is called a Survival kit and is from the Thrive website, it has some helpful tips and pointers. I know that most of us know them, but sometimes we just need to be reminded :).
As always, feel free to email me and we look forward to seeing you all back on the 8th!
friday 12th march 2021
I hope you have had a great first week back! We have really enjoyed welcoming the children back this week.
I know for some of the children that the transition has been tricky, so I am still here via email for any queries. As a parent, it can be hard enforcing the rules, but your children will settle back into the routine much quicker than you may think!
It can be hard for the children to return to school as if nothing has changed, but we are helping them as much as possible to settle back in.
As always, feel free to email me,
There are some wonderful Thrive activities that you can use at home to support your child's emotional well-being: