The Nest: An Inclusive Space
Our Nurture Room (known as The Nest) is a very important place for some of our children. It is a sanctuary for them and a place where they are extremely well looked after and cared for by our inclusion team.
The children who use the room have been chosen to be supported through a number of different interventions due to concerns that have arisen in the classroom, playground or from requests from home.
The programmes delivered via The Nest invariably aim to make learning accessible to all by removing barriers related to SEND or Social, Emotional, and Mental Health (SEMH). The Nest enables staff to provide personalised curriculums (both academic and SEMH) to pupils in a safe and inclusive environment.
The Nest: Curriculum
Equality and inclusion are at the heart of everything we do at St. Michael’s so that all children are provided with the opportunity to achieve their full potential. We have a passion to include everyone and a deep desire to treat everyone equally. We accept others for who they are and respect differences. At St. Michael’s, we endeavour to remove the barriers to learning as early as possible to fulfil this belief. Our aim is to ensure that all its students achieve their full potential, regardless of differentiating needs. If a student has special educational and/or disability needs (SEND), as a school we will take every reasonable step to identify and meet them.
Throughout school, our curriculum is designed for our pupils and bespoke to our school; this includes our curriculum for our pupils with additional needs. Our ‘Nest Curriculum’ is designed with our school’s vision, values, and curriculum drivers in mind; alongside the principles of preparing for adulthood, and the autism progression framework, to best meet our children’s individual needs and EHCP outcomes.
Our curriculum is designed to provide our children with tangible skills and experiences to support them throughout their time at St. Michael's and in later life; for example, trips out in the community, Forest School and regular food and nutrition activities. In addition to our tailored ‘Nest Curriculum’, pupil’s will also receive specialist interventions to support their EHCP outcomes. These interventions include, but are not limited to; Attention Autism, Lego Therapy, Social Stories Dough Disco and Social Stories.
Nest Curriculum: Key Principles
• To support pupils in building life skills to support communication, relationships, health and independence.
• To be adaptive in meeting the individual needs, interests and strengths of each pupil, meeting individual pupils’ EHCP outcomes.
• To focus on developing the key skills in communication, cognition, physical development, health and wellbeing and understanding of the world to equip pupils for a life beyond school.
• To promote positive wellbeing, experiences and enjoyment in learning for all pupils.
• Ultimately, we want all of our pupils to be the best that they can be and have high aspirations for themselves.
Nest Curriculum: Spring Term