At Burrowmoor Primary School, one of our main priorities is to care for every child in a secure, friendly environment enabling them to enjoy their time in school and feel confident to learn. In order to maintain this ethos, everyone on the staff team work together to support children's emotional and social learning, we maintain this during lesson times, social times and through all activities that take place throughout the day to make sure our children feel secure in school. This method is called the Thrive Approach.


What is the Thrive Approach?

Thrive is a therapeutic approach to help support children with their emotional and social development. It is a whole school approach based around, current studies of effective learning and current models of child development – in order to help the school to understand the needs being signalled by children’s behaviour.

The Thrive approach offers practical strategies and techniques and is built around online assessments which identify children’s emotional development and provides action plans for their individual needs. Whole classes can also use Thrive techniques and activities to address any issues or as part of PSHE sessions in school.

Research has shown that how we behave is linked to how we feel and our emotions are linked to how we learn. By teaching children to recognise and notice these feelings and emotions it can help with their development and learning.

Children sometimes need some extra support with their emotional growth and this can be temporary or over a longer period of time.

Thrive promotes their emotional and social growth by building positive relationships between a child, their peers and the teaching staff and helps them explore and understand their feelings through various activities.


Why might my child attend a Thrive session?

Many children experience difficulties during their time at school. These may include:

  • Difficulties with friendships.
  • Difficulties in social situations.
  • Finding it hard to settle in the classroom.
  • Finding it difficult to manage their feelings and emotions.
  • Not knowing who to turn to when their emotions are too big for them to manage on their own.

These situations can lead to many different feelings which may seem overwhelming at times. They might include: anger, anxiety, frustration, sadness or loneliness.

All of these emotions are very normal and are experienced by a lot of children. The Thrive sessions are designed to help children learn to manage their emotions and teach them strategies that will help them manage every day life.


What will happen in a Thrive session?

The session may be on a 1:1 basis or as part of a small group of children. During each session children will take part in an activity. This may include:

  • Story telling
  • Circle games
  • Games
  • Art and craft activities
  • Sand and water play
  • Movement and relaxation
  • Cooking
  • Role play and puppet work
  • Mindfulness activities


Our Vision and Aims at Burrowmoor

Our Vision is to:

Support all children in developing emotionally so they are able to recognise and understand their emotions and learn ways of responding to their feelings appropriately.

We aim to:

  • Provide the appropriate support for all children who are experiencing emotional, social or behavioural difficulties.
  • Provide a safe and calm environment for children to develop their emotional skills.
  • Enable children to fell confident and take pride in their achievements.
  • Help children to manage their emotions and feelings and to develop skills to enjoy and fully participate in school life.
  • Use positive approaches to manage all behaviours.


More Information

For more information about the Thrive approach see the website: or contact Miss G Angier and Mrs K Lofts (Thrive Practitioners).