Gems and Diamonds Nurture Groups

Gems and Diamonds Nurture Groups

What is a nurture group?

A nurture group is an intervention for those who are having difficulty accessing learning successfully in their mainstream classroom. Our groups meet for five mornings each week, with the children spending the first fifteen minutes as well as afternoons in their own classes. This ensures their sense of belonging both in their own class and within the whole school community.  We have two groups in our school; the Gems and the Diamonds.

On arrival, the children access a social snack time where they have breakfast and spend time working as a team developing their interaction skills. This is followed by the children’s personalised maths and literacy work we call ‘Basic Skills’. After break the children have Peer Massage time which they really enjoy, even if they choose to sit and watch. We then go on to have Circle Time games and a themed project-based learning session. The morning finishes with a story.

Throughout the morning  children earn minutes of Golden Time on their charts and are encouraged and supported to self-evaluate their day against their weekly targets. This builds up minutes of Golden Time for a Friday afternoon.

What we are up to

Our theme this term is ‘Changes.’

As a nurture team, we have decided to focus on the changes we go through personally  and within our environment. We started by ensuring we all understood the Nurture routine: what we do and why we do it. Now we are looking closely at ourselves, our appearance and personality. We will be looking at friendships, families, seasons and celebrations.

Some of the activities we will be doing include: self portraits, healthy choices, family trees, facilities within our community, cooking and lots more!

Home learning

The children will bring their home learning from their main class including spellings. We may however ask for your support to complete some pieces of learning that are directly linked to our Themed Learning.

As always, we ask that you take opportunities to read at home with your child to help them achieve their class reading targets. Remember, we also have regular Reading Camps for our leading home readers. The next one will be on 16th October.


In Nurture we know how important it is to make sure we stay safe when we are using the internet. We always remember that there are many different e-safety strategies that we can use.

What’s happening and when

We are extremely proud to announce that we have been awarded the Marjorie Boxall Quality Mark Award!!

The Marjorie Boxall Quality Mark Award is an accredited scheme for excellence in nurturing run by the Nurture Group Network. The process of achieving the award ensures that there is an evidential base of good practice set against national standards, Since 2007, more than 100 establishments have successfully achieved the award but  we are one of only 6 schools who have obtained accreditation from within the East Midlands. We are the most recent.
The introduction of the Marjorie Boxall Quality Mark Award acknowledges good practice and provides evidence of the quality of practice in individual establishments with assurance for parents, other professional agencies and to the local authority that the nurture group provision is of the highest quality and authentic in its approach to meeting the needs of the most vulnerable children.
We were extremely honoured to be awarded our trophy and certificate by the Chief Executive Officer of The Nurture Group, Mr Kevin Kibble, who travelled all the way from London to spend some time with us. He was very impressed! Congratulations to both the Nurture Team and the children!