Yew Tree Primary school has shown an outstanding to creating a school that promotes the well-being of pupils, staff and parents, and as such has been awarded the ‘Sandwell Well-being Charter Mark’
At Yew Tree the aims of the school are the same for all pupils. In a caring, disciplined and happy environment pupils are provided with many opportunities to develop spiritually, socially, physically and intellectually. In order to ensure that our mission statement of
“EXCELLENCE AND HAPPINESS IN A CARING, FAMILY SCHOOL”
is fulfilled we have placed a great deal of emphasis on the emotional wellbeing of our pupils.
What do we provide for Yew Tree Kids?
Nurture is a small intervention group for 8 - 10 children who work closely with two experienced members of staff. Nurture group is a well established way of providing inclusive early interventions and supporting the pupils social, emotional and behavioural development. Nurture aims to develop self-esteem, social skills, responsibility for self and others and learn appropriate behaviour. Nurture allows time to express thoughts and feelings in a controlled and acceptable way. This is the foundation to raise academic achievement to fulfil the children's potential in class. Our Nurture staff works closely with teachers in order to transfer successful strategies in the classroom.
Yew Tree Heroes is about children being part of helping the school be the best it can be. It is about children caring about their school and each other. We have our Playground Peacemakers who help children to solve problems in the playground, Sports Leaders who lead sporting activities and Office Angels who help to deliver letters within the school.
The "Wishes and Worries Box" is a tool that provides pupils with the opportunity to let the school, teachers and peers know how they feel about anything in school. Each classroom has allocated a box for wishes and a box for worries. Every half term, two children are selected from each class who will meet with other pupils to share some of the worries and wishes from their classes and solutions and suggestions will be considered to solve the worries and make some of the wishes come true.
There is a "Personal Worry" box for children to draw or write a letter to Mrs Roberts or Miss Isabelle if they want to talk about personal worries regarding friendships, home life etc.
The idea behind Toast and Talk is to give the children a settled, positive start to every school day. Toast and Talk provides a safe environment where the children feel welcomed into school, where they can internalise that they are valued and that school is there to listen. This is an opportunities to talk and ask questions.
Play Therapy helps children understand muddled feelings and upsetting events that they haven’t had the chance to sort out properly. Rather than having to explain what is troubling them, as adult therapy usually expects, children use play to communicate at their own level and at their own pace, without feeling interrogated or threatened.
The outcomes of Play Therapy may be general e.g. a reduction in anxiety and raised self-esteem, or more specific such as a change in behaviour and improved relations with family and friends.
Psychomotor creates a safe and stimulating environment in which children can balance, climb, slide, swing, jump and experiment at their own pace. This allows children to develop physical competences, which actively prevents injuries from occurring. Additionally Psychomotor aims to strengthen a child’s resources, increase intrinsic motivation and decrease difficulties, avoidance behaviour and psychological strain.
Forest Friends is a great opportunity for children to explore nature and strengthen their creativity and imagination. Children are able to enjoy fun activities in a natural environment, where they are free to explore, take risks, set themselves challenges, achieve and gain independence skills and enhance their self esteem.
Sandwell Young Carers and Yew Tree Primary School are working in partnership to identify and support children whose lives are affected as a result of caring for a family member. If your child is providing support to a member of your family who has a physical disability, ill health or has become dependent on drugs and/or alcohol then your child may be eligible for this support. If you are interested talk to Sally Roberts or Isabelle Walser about making a referral.
Pastoral Group Interventions for KS2 Pupils
After School Clubs
Close links with outside agencies including:
What do we offer Yew Tree Parents and Carers?
If you wish to have any further details please contact school.