Helen Henstridge (Pastoral Support Worker)
We offer support to all our school family regarding emotional, behavioural and parenting issues, and work extensively with outside agencies and our neighbouring schools.
We understand that children can experience some anxieties and this can have an impact on a child's learning and general wellbeing, pastoral care chats can help with this.
If something has happened at home that may be causing your child upset or distress please inform us or the class teacher and we will work together to support your child.
There is listening ear box located in each year group, where children can pop a note inside should they wish to have a chat with the pastoral support team.
Two children from each class in Yr2 are selected for this responsibility. The children spend time with pastoral team to train and learn the set questions which aid in problem solving.
Each half term there is an assembly which reminds all children the role of the playground pals. Every playtime 2 playground pals are on duty, they are easily identified by wearing a yellow smiley face tabard.
Should your child feel upset, lonely or have friendship problems then playground pals can help.
Jigsaw PSHE is a comprehensive primary PSHE Scheme of Work for Reception, Years 1 & 2. The scheme of work provides a structured and developmental PSHE programme focused on building emotional literacy and social skills within a whole-school approach.
Jigsaw, is a primary Scheme of Work for PSHE education. The whole school engages in one theme at a time across all year groups, with 6 themes over the course of a year, one per half term. Each unit is launched with an assembly and each Puzzle works towards a whole school piece of work each term.
We provide help so they can develop ways to cope with a family split or a bereavement, manage anger or to develop social skills enabling them to make friends more easily.
Whatever the concern it's our aim to make sure the children here are relaxed and happy and ready to learn.
Our ELSA's are:
Helen Henstridge, Hayley Whitbread & Suzie Foulkes
What is Emotional Literacy?
ELSA sessions help children in schools facing life challenges that detract from their ability to engage with learning, and some will require greater support to increase their emotional literacy than others. ELSA is an initiative developed and supported by Educational Psychologists. It recognises that children learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are also addressed.
We are lucky enough to have three qualified Emotional Literacy Support Assistants at Twin Sails. They have been trained by Educational Psychologists to plan and deliver programmes of support to children experiencing temporary or long term additional emotional needs. The majority of ELSA work is delivered on an individual basis, but sometimes small group work is more appropriate, especially in the areas of social or friendship skills. Sessions are fun, we use a range of activities such as; games, role play with puppets or arts and craft. Each session lasts for approx. 30-45 minutes, after 6 weeks the child's progress will be reviewed by talking to class teacher and parent.
In ELSA we aim to provide support for a wide range of emotional needs: