At Salisbury Manor Primary School, we
strongly believe in the Thrive approach. Thrive is a dynamic, developmental
approach to working with children that supports their emotional and social
wellbeing. It is based on the latest research in neuroscience, attachment
theory and child development, drawing on research into the role of creativity
and play in developing emotional resilience. Thrive is used at our school to
help support children with their emotional and social development.
The Thrive approach offers practical
strategies and techniques and is built around assessments which identify
children’s emotional development and provides action plans for each child’s
Research has shown that how we behave is
linked to how we feel, and our emotions are linked to how we learn. By
supporting children to recognise and notice these feelings and emotions it can
help with their development and learning. People sometimes need some additional
support with their emotional growth, which can be temporary or over a longer
time frame. Thrive promotes their emotional and social growth by building
positive relationships and helps children to explore and understand their
feelings through various activities.
Thrive is a whole school approach. We all believe that behaviour is
communication, and the communication needs to be understood and supported.
Thrive feeds into everything that we do and although not all children will have
individual Thrive sessions, all children will be participating in Thrive
activities throughout their school day.
We use the following guiding principles of the
§ Every child is a unique person, constantly
developing and learning in different ways and at different rates, each with
their own abilities, talents and potential to be fulfilled.
§ Children’s healthy development, emotional
well-being and learning are crucially dependent upon, and promoted through,
§ Children flourish when they are confident,
self-assured, capable and resilient.
§ Children thrive in enabling environments, in
which their individual development, learning experiences and needs are
understood, responded to and supported through strong partnerships with
Teachers are trained to use Vital Relational Functions ‘VRFs’
which are tools used in Thrive to address and support a child’s emotional
Attune: This is where we show we are alert to how the
child is feeling. We connect with the child and match how the child is feeling
through our pitch, pace, volume and body language.
Validate: This is when we let the child know that
it is okay to have their feelings. (“I'm wondering if you might be
feeling ____. If that had happened to be I would be feeling ___ too.)
Containment: This is where we catch and show that
we understand the pitch, intensity or quality of their feelings. We break
things down into manageable chunks. (First, we will...)
Regulate: This is where we must demonstrate emotional
regulation by soothing and calming the child. The children must experience
being calmed before they can begin to calm themselves.
Our current Thrive practitioner is Miss
Ward. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Ward
via the school office to ask for more information.