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Pupils to ‘thrive’ at Littletown Primary

Tuesday, 06 May 2014

Staff and pupils at Littletown Primary Academy celebrated the opening of the new ‘Thrive’ teaching facility this week. Pictured (left to right) are: Assistant Principal Lorna Mathews, Vice Principal Michala Hawkins, Principal Caroline Bond and School Governors Sandra Hawkes and Tina Sillitoe

Staff and pupils at Littletown Primary Academy celebrated the opening of the new ‘Thrive’ teaching facility this week. Pictured (left to right) are: Assistant Principal Lorna Mathews, Vice Principal Michala Hawkins, Principal Caroline Bond and School Governors Sandra Hawkes and Tina Sillitoe


A new teaching facility officially opened this week at Littletown Primary Academy is set to provide additional support for children with particular emotional needs, after Lottery funding was made available for the project. A donation of £10,000 was granted to the school by the Big Lottery Fund to help pay for the construction of the chalet, following a successful bid by school governors. The chalet building, constructed on the school playing field, will be used by up to 40 children every day, through the lunchtime ‘Nurture Club’ and afternoon ‘Thrive’ activities. The Thrive scheme is a new educational approach adopted by the school, which involves specialist training for selected teaching assistants to enable them to address the emotional needs of some children in order to help them learn. Following the opening of the chalet, Principal Caroline Bond said: “This funding has enabled us to offer children a special place to go to, where the environment is set up to support a range of carefully planned activities. We did not have space within the school building to do this so effectively. “Staff and children are really excited about the possibilities this new building will offer us. “I am very grateful to one of our school governors, Sandra Hawkes, for bidding on our behalf, and to the Lottery for choosing our project to fund.” Five members of staff have undergone specialist training to provide teaching assistance to children using the facility, and it is hoped to bring indirect benefits to other pupils. Assistant principal Lorna Mathews, one of those who has received the training, said: “Everybody has needs at certain times and the chalet will give pupils the chance to talk with teaching assistants and benefit from play therapy. “These pupils can cause disturbances or distractions in class but providing simple activities in a different teaching environment will help everyone to learn.”

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